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Syria: ESU condemns heinous attack against civilians in Nzalin, Qamishli 

On the Eve of New Year, December, 30, 2015 historical Syriac town of Beth Zalin, Qamishli in Gozarto, Syria had been target of heinous terrorist attack, according to local sources with current situation, leaving 18 martyrs and more than 25 injured, under treatment in different hospitals across the town. During the night of December 30, around 9pm local time, three explosions targeted Syriacs owned...

Iran stands top with over 1084 Executions in 2015  

Iran records the highest ratio of executions worldwide relative to population Written by Rahim HamidPhoto: “Firing Squad in Iran” by Jahangir Razmi of Ettela’atThe position of Iranian officials regarding Saudi Arabia's execution of 47 prisoners, as well as Iran’s instigation via its Basiji forces of assault on the Saudi consulate and embassy, has raised many questions as to the real position of the Iranian...

MRG Podcast: January 2016 

Welcome to the January 2016 edition of MRG’s Minority Voices podcast. This month we find out how discrimination is having the most serious of consequences in the Dominican Republic, and then travel to the Middle East to experience the joyful sounds of Syrian wedding music....

MRG Podcast: February 2016 

Welcome to MRG’s February 2016 Minority Voices podcast. This month we ask Maasai women for their views on female circumcision in Kenya, and tune in to the melodic sounds of the Garifuna of Central America. ...

Iran: A letter to UN about human rights breach in North-Khorasan region 

On June 2015, the Kurdish - Kurmanji language course classroom was shut down. This class was in the Kish - Arya centre in Bojnord the capital of North of Khorasan region, Iran. Kurdish – Kurmanji language is about more than 75% of the people in the region of North of Khorasan, number about 2 millions. Education and teaching in Kurdish - Kurmanji language is...

Iran: Kurdish education forbidden 

Click on the link below to read a letter from Dr. Afrasiab Shekofteh, of the Organisation of Kurmanj People, to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, about the shutting down of Kurdish/Kurmanji language education in the North of Khorasan region. ...

Caribbean: GARIFUNA PEOPLE STILL FACING INJUSTICES IN THE COUNTRIES WHERE THEY LIVE 

This is an article about the struggles of the Garifuna people who were forcefully removed by the British Crown from their homeland "Yurumein", now known as Saint Vincent & The Grenadines, on March the 14th 1797 to Roatan, in the Bay Islands, now a part of Honduras in Central America.Garifuna now live in the countries of; Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize and the United...

Somalia: Somali minority groups excluded from benefits of development programmes 

Click on the link below to read a letter from Somaliland Minority Rights Advocacy Group about how Somali minority groups are often excluded from benefitting from development progams funded by their own government and the international community....

Dominican Republic: Interview with Rosa Iris Diendomi 

Listen to the testimony of Rosa Iris Diendomi, lawyer and community leader in the Dominican Republic....

Kenya: Is the new constitution a 'magic bullet' for challenges facing minorities?  

How the National Constitution treats minorities is a good test of a nation’s maturity. How government applies their rules is a good test of the state’s maturity. New constitution-making has surged in agrarian economies since 1990, correspondent to significant political change (multi-partyism in particular) and a surge in globalisation, and of which, among other trends, the noted surge in large-scale land acquisition...

African Commission launches new principles on the Promotion of Human and Peoples’ Rights while Countering Terrorism in Africa 

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has launched new Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights while Countering Terrorism in Africa (Principles and Guidelines). In the current environment, acts of terrorism and associated human rights abuses can touch almost every walk and facet of life and impact all types of rights, whether civil and political; economic, social and cultural; or group rights....

Nigeria: Ogoni rights body condemns military invasion  

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) condemns the invasion on 23 February 2016 of Ogoni communities by the Nigerian military and demand withdrawal of government forces. According to MOSOP the army attacked Bori, shooting indiscriminately and advancing into adjoining communities including Zaakpon. The shooting resulted into loss of civilian lives, injuring some and paralyzed work in the Ogoni capital....

Minority Voices Podcast - March 2016 

Welcome to MRG's March 2016 Minority Voices Podcast. This month we speak to one of our staff members about her recent trip to Iraq, an experience which also held great personal significance, and check out a protest song from the Nigerian master of Afrobeat himself, Fela Kuti....

United Kingdom: Racism in universities: 'There is a sense your face doesn't fit' 

Report finds high levels of discrimination in colleges and universities4 February 2016Nine out of ten (90%) black staff members report having faced barriers to promotion in colleges and universities, says a UCU report released today.The   survey of 631 black union members [132kb] working in post-16 education also found that over two-thirds (71%) said they had 'often' or 'sometimes' been subject to bullying and harassment from managers.UCU...

Nepal: Madhesi youths launch initiative to combat discrimination in the Nepali media 

Aashu has witnessed first-hand the skewed portrayal of ethnic Madhesis in the mainstream Nepali media. Last year his father, a journalist with the Kathmandu-based daily Himalayan Times was dispatched to cover a rally by separatist leader CK Raut in their home town Birgunj, near the Indian border. When Raut was arrested by the authorities, the protest turned violent. “Demonstrators were throwing rocks...

Ethiopia/Kenya/South Sudan: African Dam Project Threatens Massive Armed Conflict, Human and Environmental Devastation 

This extensive report details the catastrophy facing indigenous pastoralists, agropastoralists and fishers in the tri-nation border region of Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan. It was posted in 2013 on the internet and is the predecessor to the more extensive book forthcoming (in April 2016) with Springer-Verlag Publishing, entitled, "River Basin Development and Human Rights in Eastern Africa — a Policy Crossroads." Construction of...

Central Asia: Russian-speaking population is leaving due to terrorist threat growth 

Such a conclusion was made by the authors of the report “ISIS: threat for the Central Asia and Caspian region”. The report was based on the results of a long-term monitoring of the activities of the Islamist terroristic organizations in Central Asia and Caspian region carried out within the frameworks of the project entitled “Central Asia: evaluation of risks of the Caspian region security”....

Kenya: Indigenous Women and the LAPSSET Corridor in Laikipia and Isiolo counties 

Unclear land tenure, overlapping land, land grabbing and creation of conservation is a major issue faced by the indigenous peoples living along the LAPSSET Corridor (Lamu Port Southern Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor). Most of these territories occupied by indigenous peoples often do not hold formal title to their lands and their land rights are therefore not recognized or protected by the governments, hence causing...

Burundi: Les Swahilis du Burundi 

Ces dernières années, la question dite ethnique a énormément marqué les écrits sur le Burundi, ce petit pays situé au cœur du continent africain, anciennement colonisé par l’Allemagne et, après la première guerre mondiale, par la Belgique. Combien on s’est plu à présenter les Bahutu et les Batutsi comme « deux ethnies » en perpétuelle opposition ! En réalité, dans la période coloniale, la...

Zimbabwe: Bulawayo residents unaware of their rights 

The Majority of the minority communities in Matabeleland are not aware of their rights and do not know what the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission is or what it does, a research by an independent non-profit human rights think tank reveals. According to the 2016 Access to Human Rights Information Research carried out by Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights in Bulawayo recently, Respondents were...


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