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Kenya&EU: Maasai activits and EC representative discuss EC 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording: This is an excerpt from the plenary ‘Liaison between the civil society of developing countries and the European Commission’. Esther Somoire, executive director of CIWOCH, an organisation representing the interests of the Maasai community gives the perspective of a community-based organisation in Kenya when it comes to...

EU: Farah Mihlar discusses what difficulties minorities and indigenous peoples face when doing advocacy 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:MRG’s Farah Mihlar is talking about what difficulties minorities and indigenous peoples face when doing advocacy: minorities live far away from the cities where EU in-country delegations are settled, their capacity is lower compared to national organisations and moreover, their life can be threatened in conflict areas if...

Pakistan: Small ideas brought benefit to poorer communities in Pakistan 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:Development consultant Samia Khan is talking about the power of human action and self-initiative which are rooted within all communities. Besides knocking on the door of governments and making them accountable, she highlights the importance of realising small ideas which can bring benefit to the people provided there...

EU: Minority Voices - a community-based media initiative 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:MRG’s Mohamed Matovu and Vanessa Ntekola Chandapiwa (RETENG) give an insight into the methodology of the Minority Voices Programme, a community-based media programme targeting the EU media. MRG’s Emma Eastwood adds that this is a ‘training for trainers’ programme as well, therefore modules can be passed on to...

EU: EC representative discusses the role of EC delegations on the ground 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:This is an excerpt from the plenary ‘Liaison between the civil society of developing countries and the European Commission’. Pieter Bangma, the Civil Society and NGO Liaison Officer from the DG Dev of the European Commission gives an insight into his work with special regards to the role...

EU: We report back - Minorities and Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on EU Development Policies 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:MRG’s Carl Soderbergh summarises the main thoughts and conclusions of the first day of the conference. In the first session Pieter Bangma (EC, DG Dev), Esther Somoire (CIWOCH) and Sazzad Hussein (Odhikar) were discussing relations between the EC and the civil society of developing countries. The second session...

Cambodia: An ancient language, and a people, face extinction 

Samrong Loeu Village, Southwestern CambodiaOnly a handful of S'aoch still speak their native language, mirroring the situation for indigenous peoples in Cambodia and throughout the world. Linguists warn that languages - and cultural diversity - are disappearing globally at an alarming rate.In this tiny village, only about 10 elderly members of the S'aoch indigenous minority still speak their language. Once they are gone, experts...

Cambodia: French linguist Jean-Michel Filippi talks about the ancient language of the S'aoch 

This is the second of two audio clips to accompany Jared Ferrie's story: An ancient language, and a people, face extinction in CambodiaIn this clip, French linguist Jean-Michel Filippi speaks about why the S'aoch are losing their language and culture, as well as the importance of preserving minority languages on a global scale.Click here to listen to the other audio clip, in...

Cambodia: A member of the S'aoch minority tells a story in his language 

This is the first of two audio clips to accompany Jared Ferrie's story: An ancient language, and a people, face extinction in CambodiaIn this clip Noi, a member of the S'aoch community, tells a story in his language, S'aoch, about a 19th century attack in which a Thai admiral captured S'aoch and took them as slaves. Jean-Michel Filippi translates.Click here to listen to the...

Deforestation, corruption and evictions: the Ogiek of the Mau Forest, Kenya 

The Ogiek indigenous community is a hunter gatherer group who depend on the forest for food, medicine, shelter and preservation of their culture. They are foresters and conservators of nature, and so live in places where trees, birds and wild animals provide them with psychological comfort. The Ogiek have a population of about 20,000 people throughout...

Minorities struggle with identity and discrimination in divided Cyprus 

By Farah MihlarFoziye Tayim Ataya, is a Palestinian living in Cyprus. In 1948, her parents came to the country when war broke out in Israel. They never returned. She is now part of a 5 -6,000 small Palestinian community, mostly asylum seekers from Iraq and Gaza, living in southern Cyprus. Having lived her entire life in Cyprus, Foziye now works closely with recent Palestinian...

Traditional methods a useful tool for conflict resolution in Africa. 

Many African states are faced with long-standing armed conflicts. According to a ranking compiled by Minority Rights Group International in 2010, more than half of the top 20 countries in the world, where people are most under threat were in Africa. Many of these conflicts make headline news for various reasons, including the level of violence and the inter-state links. There are, however, several...

Kenya: Endorois Traditional Song 

The Endorois are a semi-nomadic indigenous community of approximately 60,000 people, who for centuries have earned their livelihoods from herding cattle and goats in the Lake Bogoria area of Kenya’s Rift Valley.Endorois land was originally appropriated by the Kenyan government in the 1970s to create the Lake Bogoria National Reserve.When tourists flock to the Reserve they have little idea of the high cost the...

MRG Podcast: October 2010 

MRG is pleased to present our first podcast, which features interviews and music recorded by staff members as they go about their work in support of minorities and indigenous peoples around the world. October’s podcast includes:French linguist Jean-Michel Filippi speaking about why the S'aoch people of Cambodia are losing their language and culture.An interview in Spanish with Oswaldo Bilbao of the Peruvian organisation, Ethnic...

La Esgrima de Machete y Bordón Símbolo Cultural de Puerto Tejada Cauca- Colombia 

Es una cartilla de 20 páginas, sobre una investigación que se realizó, con la comunidad afrodescendiente de Puerto Tejada Cauca, Colombia. En este material se refleja, la práctica cultural de la Esgrima de Machete y Bordón, como Símbolo de Libertad y Resistencia, practicado por los afros de Puerto Tejada. El objetivo de este material, es informar a la población joven de Puerto Tejada sobre...

10 years after legal victory still no resolution for Chagossians 

On 3 November 2010, it is likely that MPs looking out from the Houses of Parliament in the UK and Mauritius, different and distant as these countries may...

Activists call for end to violence against the world’s ‘untouchable’ women 

On the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25th of November, Dalit women activists are urging the world to pay attention to the plight of women subjected to horrific acts of violence because of their caste and gender. While the world is busy praising India’s booming economy and status as ‘the world’s biggest democracy’, Dalit women are subjected...

MRG Podcast: November 2010 

In our November podcast, produced and presented by MRG’s Emma Eastwood, we visit Iraqi minority refugees in Syria; speak to indigenous activists about how climate change is affecting their communities; and listen to an example of Afro-Latin music from Cuba....

Photo story by Eric Lafforgue: Stick fighting day in Suri tribe, Ethiopia 

Surmas (or Suri) live in southern Ethiopia, on the west bank of the Omo River. Since time immemorial, they have had to fight to protect their land and cattle, especially against their ennemies, the fierce Nyangatoms. Civil War in Sudan flooded the area with AK 47, and raids have become increasingly bloody. In this context of continuous insecurity, Surmas have more than ever to...

Interviews with Activists: Ann Sintoyia Tome and Mariamu Ntausian Lekisemon on right to education of Maasai girls in Kenya 

Ann Sintoyia Tome of the Samburu Women for Education & Environment Development Organisation and Mariamu Ntausian Lekisemon of the Rural Women Development Network speak about the difficulties girls in the Maasai community face. Ann explains that Maasai women are discriminated from outside of their communities and from within their communities. In this clip the two Maasai activists describe the lifestyle of young Maasai girls...


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