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Interviews with Activists: Ann Sintoyia Tome and Mariamu Ntausian Lekisemon on oppression of Maasai women in Kenya 

Ann Sintoyia Tome of the Samburu Women for Education & Environment Development Organisation and Mariamu Ntausian Lekisemon of the Rural Women Development Network discuss in detail the manner in which women in the indigenous Masaai community are oppressed. They describe cultural practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and polygamy which severely affect women in the Masaai community.Contact For more information contact Mohamed Matovu,...

Interviews with Activists: Yaseen Ibrahim and Jamia Abdur-Raheem on Nubians in Kenya 

Yaseen Ibrahim and Jamia Abdur-Raheem are activists belonging to the Kenyan Nubian Community. The Nubian’s trace their origins to Egyptian civilisation in the pre-Christian era. Nariobi’s small Nubian community however have now been confined to the city’s slum areas. Here the Nubian activists explain their origins in Kenya and identify two of the major problems the community faces – land ownership and recognition of...

Interviews with Activists: Paul Oleyo Longony on the implications of Sudan's referendum for minorities 

Sudan will face a historic referendum on 9 January 2011 to determine if the south of the country will be separated from the north. Paul Oleyo Longony, Executive Director of Boma Development Initiative is based in Jonglei state in southern Sudan where there are several minority communities. Here Paul given up date on the latest situation in southern Sudan. He also explains the concerns...

Interviews with Activists: Rorian Cherono on the Ogiek of Kenya 

Rorian Cherono is the first woman from the Ogiek community to graduate from university. The Ogiek are a hunter gatherer community living mostly around the Mao forest in Kenya. Here Cherono discusses the obstacles children from the Ogiek community have in accessing education. In the concluding part of this clip, Cherono speaks of how she was motivated to continue her education and what having...

Interviews with Activists: Esmael Omar on HIV among minorities in Kenya 

Esmael Omar is the Director of Impact Kenya Youth Initiative. He is a Somali, Muslim minority living in Kenya. Esmael works on issues of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transexual (LGBT) rights. In this clip Esmael talks about the high HIV prevalence rates amongst minorities in Kenya. He attributes this to several factors including cultural practices, such as polygamy within some of these communities. Esmael...

Kenya: A visit to Maasai Mara 

Contact For more information contact Mohamed Matovu, MRG's Africa Regional Information Officer, via the Contact page....

MRG Podcast: December 2010 

Welcome to the December 2010 podcast from Minority Rights Group International. This month we hear from a member of the Nubian community, a minority who live in one of Africa's largest slums in Nairobi; we then move east to China to learn more about the Uighur minority from a representative of the World Uighur Congress, and finally, MRG's music choice this month comes from...

A Journey to Imja Lake: Climate change in the land of the Sherpa  

A film by Anna Colom, for Minority Rights Group InternationalIn the Everest region of Nepal, the Sherpa people are already facing the harsh impact of climate change in the Himalayas. Changes in snow and rainfall patterns are affecting food production and communities face an ever present threat of flooding. A Journey to Imja Lake tells this story by taking us on a winding path...

Interviews with Activists: Thomas Philips on religious minorities in Malaysia 

Reverend Dr. Thomas Philips of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) explains the difficulties faced by religious minorities in Malaysia. Malaysia’s religious minorities include Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, Sikhs, and Christians. For more information contact Jared Ferrie, MRG's Asia Regional Information Officer, via the Contact page....

Interviews with Activists: Daozhang Ng Chek and K Shanmuga on Muslims in Malaysia 

Malaysian minority rights lawyers Daozhang Ng Chek and K Shanmuga explain legal problems faced by Malay Muslims who want to convert to other religions. Malaysia’s religious minorities include Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, Sikhs, and Christians.  For more information contact Jared Ferrie, MRG's Asia Regional Information Officer, via the Contact page....

EU: New member states of the EU need to open up to developing countries 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:DemNet’s policy officer Brigitta Jaksa is talking about the specificities of new member states’ development policies, in particular, that of Hungary. She is listing difficulties of new member states when it comes to implementing development programmes in the developing countries in Africa, Asia or Latin America....

Kenya: Endorois activist says women's rights need to be fulfilled 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:Endorois Welfare Council leader Wilson Kipkazi is sharing thoughts about the backward situation of women in his community. Endorois women face problems such as the female genital mutilation (FGM), early marriage, domestic violence or rape. Kipkazi is saying empowerment of women is more important than ever to improve...

India: Affirmative action is needed to improve schooling and employment opportunities for Dalits 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:One World Action’s Tara Brace-John is emphasising the need for disaggregated data on the enrolment of Dalit children in schools in South Asia. EU companies based in the region should also be aware that groups such the Dalits need special attention and foreign business actors need to take...

India: Raising awareness about India’s Prevention of Atrocities Act among Dalits is a key issue to give meaning to the law 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:One World Action’s Tara Brace-John is introducing India’s Prevention of Atrocities Act specific for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. Based on this act, any person who is verbally or physically attacked or their property is stolen because of their belonging to any of the scheduled castes or scheduled...

Peru: Addressing the needs of marginalized communities in policy formulation and programming  

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording: This is a longer discussion on poverty reduction strategies with special regards to the needs of marginalized communities in policy formulation and programming. Development consultant Samia Khan gives a substantial explanation on the progress of development policies and the strategy to poverty reduction with regards to...

Cambodian indigenous group threatened by rubber company 

In Cambodia, an estimated one hundred fifty thousand people are facing forced eviction from their homes. Many of these are members of indigenous groups. They have traditionally occupied land now slated for resource development projects. Indigenous peoples are often pushed from their land and given little or no compensation.In Mondulkiri province, a rubber plantation is under development on land occupied by the Bunong. Some...

Human Rights Day Celebration in Ndugulu, Kenya 

Last December, members of Kenya's Ogiek community gathered in the village of Ndugulu to celebrate and commemorate Human Rights Day.  Human Rights Day falls on 10 December and marks the anniversary of the UN General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Thousands of Ogiek attended the event, which included speeches and the distribution of Ogiek-language literatrure about the Universal...

MRG Podcast: February 2011 

Welcome to the February 2011 podcast from Minority Rights Group International. This month we hear how indigenous communities in Cambodia are affected by development projects, learn about an innovative new way to tackle racism in the Dominican Republic and travel to Uganda, where minority language issues are illustrated through song....

Tanzania: Maasai Pastoralists of Soitsambu Village assert their rights to ancestral lands 

In common with most indigenous people, the Maasai pastoralists of Soitsambu village have no formal recognition of their property rights. Despite a recent decision in the African Commission, holding that traditional possession of land by indigenous people has the same effect as that of a state-granted property title, the Maasai pastoralists of Soitsambu village are at risk of losing their lands and livelihoods due...

Uganda: Climate change worsening food insecurity in Karamoja 

Karamoja is changing. One thing responsible for this change is rain. It is mostly less or when available, too much. Its pattern no longer predictable. And above all the temperature is rising. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer, Mohammed Matovu, analyses how the community is coping.Akong Morris is a pastoralist and pastoralist life is all he knows. He leaves in a manyata (small homestead) with...


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