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Pakistan: Celebration of Minorities' Day  

11th of August was declared as Minorities’ Day in Pakistan in 2009 by the efforts of Shahbaz Bhatti “The Martyred”.The idea of that particular day was the historical speech of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah The Founder of Pakistan, delivered on 11th of August 1947 to Constituent Assembly, had clearly laid down the outlines of the type of state he visualized Pakistan to become. “You...

Iraq: One year on and thousands of Yazidis remain uprooted 

From a group of volunteers who have been supporting displaced Iraqis since August 2014, specifically Yazidis, with whom they have been in touch regularly.The children in this photo, and thousands like them, fled their homes when ISIS attacked the town of Sinjar and the villages of Yazidis, Christians and other minorities in the Nineveh plain in Iraq.Most of the displaced Yazidis live in the camps which...

DRC: Journée Internationale des Populations Autochtones 

Dans le cadre de la Journée Internationale des Populations Autochtones, du 09 Aout 2015, nous avons l'honneur de vous transmettre les images et la note de plaidoyer présentée au gouvernement Congolais via le Ministère Provincial des Affaires Foncières du Nord-Kivu.Notons que des promesses fermes ont été données par Son Excellence le Ministre Provincial en termes d'engagements face aux différentes recommandations des Pygmées-Bambuti.Une commission de suivi des acquis de ce plaidoyer...

DRC: MRG's Head of Law visits Batwa communities 

The Batwa of South Kivu, DRC, have lived in an area now called Kahuzi-Biega National Park (PNKB) since time immemorial. In 1937, a law was passed creating a nature reserve in the area, but the Batwa were allowed to remain in the forest. However, in 1970, a further law was passed creating the PNKB, at the proposal of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation...

DRC/Australia: 'Still a Pygmy' 

The shortness of a mini-eggplant is its mature size. – BaTembo Pygmy proverb How did a Pygmy from Congo end up living in Sydney, Australia? Growing up as a hunter-gatherer in the forests of Congo, where Pygmies were considered inferior to all other Africans and fit only for slave labour and witchcraft rituals, Isaac Bacirongo never dreamed he would end up...

Uganda: School feeding program increasing Batwa pupil enrollment 

Most Batwa communities in the East Africa region live in impoverished conditions. And for a community that has been almost entirely dispossessed of their land by the government due to national conservation policies and is facing eminent extinction, education would rank least on their priority list. That is why in all national development indicators, they rank lower than national averages. ...

Iran: Cancer cases rising at an alarming pace in Al-Ahwaz 

Rahim HamidIn Iran’s Al Ahwaz region, the population is facing a frightening growth in cancer rates.  Al Ahwaz is threatened to be overwhelmed by a burgeoning cancer epidemic and despite an acute increase in cancer incidences no real urgent action is seen to be taken by the government authorities in cancer prevention, improvement of health-care systems and facilities, improvement of access to essential medical...

Thailand: Karen woman fights for justice over husband’s disappearance 

On 17 April 2014, Billy Rakchongcharoen was stopped at a checkpoint near Bangkloy village in western Thailand.  He was accused of stealing honeycomb from Kaeng Krachan National Park and taken into detention. The park authorities claim he was released after being questioned. But nobody has seen him since.His wife, a soft-spoken 29-year-old, is convinced he was murdered. Billy was not only a prominent land...

Republica Dominicana: Empoderamiento y cambio social a traves del teatro 

Apelando a las emociones y utilizando el cuerpo como herramienta de expresión doce jóvenes recorren las calles de República Dominicana para transmitir un mensaje de fortaleza y cambio social. Las personas jóvenes que conforman el grupo Los 12 Discípulos provienen de diferentes comunidades bateyanas en las que conviven historias de injusticia, pobreza y falta de acceso a derechos básicos con historias de éxito,...

Syria: ESU condemns killing of Assyrian civilians from Khabour by Isis 

The ongoing conflict in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria, is causing irrevocable damage to native people, minorities, ethnic and religious groups. From the beginning of the fall of Mosul city until today, Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people and Ezidis had been subject of killings, executions, ransom and mass-displacement. In a recently published video by ISIS, reported by various Middle East media outlets, it is...

Nigeria: Ethnic Minorities under Threat 

Click on the link below to download an analysis of the current conflict in north-eastern states and Middle Belt....

Pakistan: New Blasphemy Case is Registered 

Naveed Masih, a 24 year old Christian man, is accused of blasphemy, was arrested and is in police custody. Persecution of minorities in Pakistan has become a common practice especially in the era of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML [N]). A young man, 24, is been accused of blasphemy. (FIR is registered U/S 295 - A, file No. 619 in Satellite Town Police Station...

Kenya: Being Maasai - Photo story 

This October MRG and 9 Eastern European journalists travelled to the Maasai Mara, the land of the Maasai in Narok, Kenya. Visiting journalists were making news to spread the word back at home about life in developing countries and thus help their compatriots understand their countries' role and commitments in the global world and international development. This photo story gives you a few snapshots of the traditional...

Kenya: Minority within the minority - The Ogiek in Narok. Photo story. 

This October MRG and 9 Eastern European journalists travelled to the Mau Forest in Narok County, Kenya inhabited mostly by the Ogiek people. Visiting journalists were making news to spread the word back at home about life in developing countries and thus help their compatriots understand their countries' role and commitments in the global world and international development. These photos share the moments of...

Kenya: Inspection panel faults World Bank for ‘noncompliance’ with own indigenous peoples and involuntary resettlement policies  

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors met on Tuesday October 20, 2015 to discuss the Inspection Panel investigation of the Kenya Electricity Expansion Project. The $330 million IDA project, approved in May 2010, aims to increase the capacity, efficiency, and quality of electricity supply as well as expand access to electricity in urban, peri-urban, and rural areas. The Inspection Panel’s investigation responded...

Iran: Regime forces shoot teenage Ahwazi boy dead for protecting his food stall  

An unarmed 17-year-old Ahwazi Arab boy, named as Ali Jalali, was shot dead by Iranian security forces in the Nahdhe( known also as Lashkarabad) neighbourhood of the regional capital, Ahwaz, on the evening of Monday, November 9, 2015, with a number of other residents injured in the regime forces’ indiscriminate gunfire. The teenager died while he was attempting to prevent the regime security forces...

Indonesia/Tanzania/Paraguay: How indigenous people can use the law to fight the takeover of their lands 

Indigenous peoples are using national, regional and international law to fight against the takeover of their lands. But what are the risks and advantages associated with going to court? In 'Using the Law', learn from communities that have used national and international law to defend their rights. This 12-minute video looks at three legal cases in Indonesia, Tanzania and Paraguay using national, regional and...

India: My 98 days in detention; Illegally framed in a criminal case. 

In recent years, Intolerance & religious, lingual & regional extremism has been rising so fast in all corners of India. The movement of peace, harmony & human rights is being weakened as an strategy of communal forces, opportunist political leaders & selfish clerics. In December, 1992 after demolition of Babri Masjid when communal forces, opportunist political leaders & selfish clerics were playing their...

Iraq/Syria: ESU Statement on International Day of Genocide Victims 

On this day of December 9 as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of the Genocide and the Prevention of this Crime, it is our moral and historical duty to remember victims of the Genocides and the survivors of the Sayfo 1915, Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people face another genocide in the Middle East and existential threat. Commemoration...

Nigeria: The Ogoni film (working title) 

"The Ogoni” (working title) is an observational feature documentary which tells a story that began many years ago, and whose outcome is unlikely to be revealed for a very long time. It takes place in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria and its backdrop, an area of 450 sq miles, Ogoniland, was, in the past, a region of green and astonishing beauty. The population...


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