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SWM 2015: Honduras - The Garifuna’s battle to protect their land from urban development on the ‘Banana Coast’ 

Case study by Kara ChiucharelliLand rights are an ongoing struggle for Honduras’ Garifuna community, who for decades have faced forced eviction and the sale of titled communal lands as their territory has been appropriated for mining, oil extraction and palm oil cultivation. But communities are now being displaced to secure access to another resource – their pristine coastline.‘There is now a process of expulsion...

SWM 2015: Libya - Hopes and fears in cities after the fall of Gaddafi  

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Sarah El-AshmawyOf all the North African countries undergoing political change in the wake of the Arab spring, Libya has perhaps experienced the most uncertain and difficult transition. Since the fall of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi from power after decades of authoritarian rule, Libya’s cities have been characterized by rising political discord and armed opposition. Despite a government...

SWM 2015: Mexico - Sexual violence against indigenous women in Ciudad Juárez 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Mariah GrantCiudad Juárez is a striking example of both the good and the bad that the economic opportunities inherent to urbanization can bring. This city of nearly 1.5 million inhabitants is situated on the Mexico side of the border with the United States, directly opposite its sister-city, El Paso, Texas. Only the parched Rio Grande, contained...

SWM 2015: Rwanda - Promoting peace through sustainable urban development in Kigali 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Paige Wilhite JenningsApril 2014 saw the 20th anniversary of the genocide in which an estimated 800,000 people – three-quarters of the Rwanda’s Tutsi minority, as well as moderates from the Hutu majority – were killed in 100 days. While this small landlocked country’s population density, the highest in Africa, may have contributed to social tensions, ethnic...

SWM 2015: Somalia - Minorities on the margins of Mogadishu 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Michelle MincMogadishu, one of the oldest cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, has undergone tremendous population growth over the last century. This has been accompanied by the development of informal settlements, or obbosibo, which have sprung up across the city with little or no planning. As far back as the 1960s, donor-financed and government-led initiatives attempted to address...

SWM 2015: Mali - Cultural heritage as a vehicle for peace in Timbuktu 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Joana DabajThe fabled ‘city of 333 Saints’, Timbuktu, is located in the republic of Mali at the edge of the Sahara desert and near the Niger River. Founded in the 5th century, it was long regarded as a centre for the diffusion of Islam through West Africa and a city of trade, where manuscripts and books...

SWM 2015: Kyrgyzstan - Life as a migrant in Bishkek – a Tatar women tells her story 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Alisher KhamidovOn a cold morning in late February, Alya wakes up early as usual to prepare a simple breakfast of porridge for her and her 2-year-old boy, Shurik. Then she takes Shurik to her friend for baby-sitting before heading to work. Originally from Osh, a large city in south Kyrgyzstan, she is now a street vendor selling...

SWM 2015: Philippines - Supporting indigenous livelihoods in Baguio city  

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Hanna HindstromFour years ago, a typhoon struck the northern Filipino city of Baguio. The storm ruptured the walls of the city’s mounting garbage dump, sending hundreds of tonnes of urban waste cascading into the streets. The landslide flattened several houses and killed two young children.  The tragedy was a wake-up call for Geraldine Cacho, an Igorot...

SWM 2015: Thailand - Promoting a more inclusive tourism industry for Chiang Mai’s hill tribes 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Nicole Girard‘I’m studying Chinese so that I can be a guide for Chinese tourists,’ explains Nahnenuhn, a 20-year-old indigenous Karen from Thailand, ‘I think it’s a good future for me to help support my family.’ Nahnehuhn comes from a small village near Mae Saring and moved to Chiang Mai to study. Like everyone else in the...

SWM 2015: India - Discrimination against Dalit women in Ahmedabad 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Rajiv ShahIn Ahmedabad, located in the heart of Gujarat state, Dalits have been an important but often invisible presence for generations, working as scavengers and waste-clearers within the strict confines of India’s caste system. Concentrated on the periphery of the city, frequently segregated from other communities, many had also migrated to the city in search of...

SWM 2015: China - Urbanizing the Trung – one of China’s smallest officially recognized minorities 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Ross PerlinThis research is a result of several years of field work in the north-west corner of Yunnan province, one of the most multicultural and multilingual areas in China. The most recent observations and interviews are from November 2014. Dulong is the widely used Chinese name – the people call themselves Trung.November 2014 marked the official...

SWM 2015: Resilience despite adversity – adapting indigenous communities to climate change in the Pacific region 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Anne-Marie Tupuola-Plunkett Most of the Pacific region’s island states are still predominantly rural, but rapid urbanization is fragmenting indigenous societies and undermining traditional livelihoods. In the process, new forms of poverty and disadvantage such as unemployment, delinquency and inadequate nutrition are emerging in urban areas. The devastating impacts of climate change are now adding to these hardships,...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015 - focus on cities: Case studies 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)The battle for respect for the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples is increasingly being played out in cities, says Minority Rights Group International in its annual report.Our flagship annual global report, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015, focuses on cities, and explores the many challenges communities face in urban areas, from segregation and lack of...

MRG and ACGRC calls on Armenia to adopt an anti-discrimination law 

Minority Rights Group (MRG) and the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC) today called on the Armenian authorities at the 29th session of the Human Rights Council to adopt a comprehensive anti-discrimination law. On behalf of MRG, Mr Glenn Payot spoke. Thank you Mr. President, Minority Rights Group (MRG) and the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC), our partner in Armenia, would like to make three...

Iraq/Turkey: 15,000 Displaced Yezidis in Turkey seek mass exodus to EU through Bulgaria 

The world fails to address Yazidi Crisis; 7000 enslaved, 5000 killed, and a half million displaced; they now plea for resettlement.Diyarbakir, Turkey – June 27, 2015.  Nearly 15,000 Yazidi displaced refugees in southeast of Turkey are seeking mass exodus to European Union countries through Turkish-Bulgarian crossing point where they plan to formally request temporary residency in Bulgaria, and admission to other EU countries as...

SWM 2015: Bulgaria/Hungary - Strategic Litigation for the Housing Rights of Informal Dwellers 

Case study by Bálint MiseticsIn its 2012 decision on the Yordanova and Others v. Bulgaria case, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) unanimously held that the eviction of around 250 Romani families from the Batalova Vodenitsa neighborhood in Sofia  (in which they have been unlawfully occupying municipal land) is not necessary in a democratic society and would constitute a violation of Article 8...

SWM 2015: Bulgaria - Segregated and excluded – the situation of Roma  

Case study by Svetlozar KirilovBulgaria’s Roma are among the country’s most excluded urban population. Poverty, high levels of unemployment and limited education combine with social stigmatization, leaving them very isolated from mainstream society and unable to access many of the benefits of cities. Urban segregation has also increased over the last two decades, further reducing their visibility: ethnic Bulgarians who used to live in...

Nouveau documentaire MRG/Mauritanie: Esclaves et discriminee: l'émancipation des femmes Haratines 

Réalisé par Mamoudou Lamine Kane, commandé et produit par Minority Rights Group International et NEXUS PROD Durée: 27:35 mn Langue: Arabe (sous-titrage en français) Dans une série d'entretiens, des femmes Haratine parlent des réalités quotidiennes de l’esclavage et de la liberté qu'elles ont connu depuis l'émancipation.L'esclavage existe depuis des siècles en territoire mauritanien. Elle existe dans toutes les communautés (Maures,...

Minority Voices Podcast - August 2015 

Welcome to MRG’s Minority Voices podcast. This month, we’re taking a look at our flagship 2015 report, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, which focuses on cities, and explores the many challenges minorities face in urban areas, from segregation and lack of services, to targeted violence and exclusion....

Iran: New 'I recognize Al-Ahwaz as an Arab State' media campaign gains 1,000 prominent Arab supporters within the first two days  

A call by a senior UAE official on Monday for formal recognition of Al-Ahwaz as an occupied Arab country has sparked a rapidly growing pan-Arab media campaign, with over 1,000 prominent Arab figures across the region so far announcing their support of ‘I recognise Al-Ahwaz as an Arab State’. Despite only being launched a couple of days ago, the campaign is also spreading beyond...


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