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Europe/Italy: New documentary - Opre Roma!  

Opre Roma! retraces the origins, history, habits and traditions of the Roma people but also tells the direct experience of some of the people who belong to this community. Also history, art, music, culture and everyday life are shown with the intent to make known the reality of the Roma in order to not reduce it, as so often happens, to social problems and...

Libye: La vente aux enchères de migrants noirs a suscité une profonde indignation internationale 

La vente aux enchères de migrants noirs originaires d’Afrique sub-saharienne a fait l’objet d’une large couverture médiatique et suscité une profonde indignation de l’ensemble de l’opinion internationale attachée aux droits et à la dignité des êtres humains. Cette indignation a été particulièrement ressentie par les peuples noirs du continent africain et de la diaspora et leur a rappelé les douloureux souvenirs de la traite...

Guatemala: New film - El futuro maya II 

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with support from Virginia Commonwealth University, Tulane University, and Vanderbilt University, has recently co-produced a sequel documentary film, El futuro maya II.  This film features interviews from nineteen Maya in Guatemala from various backgrounds: students, teachers, writers, weavers, and activists. It focuses on indigenous identity, discrimination, the Maya Movement, language revitalization, and their visions for the future. The original 1998 documentary, El futuro maya: Voces del presente, focused on the Maya Movement shortly after...

Cameroun: Déclaration du RECODH sur la situation affectant les deux régions anglophones du Cameroun 

This Declaration is summarising the position of the Cameroon Network of Human Rights Organizations (RECODH) on the more than a year "Anglophone crisis", affecting the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon. Cette Déclaration résume la position du Réseau Camerounais des Organisations des Droits de l'Homme (RECODH) sur la "crise angliphone" qui dure depuis un an et affecte les régions administratives du Nord -...

USA: Bringing communities together at a time of division: the work of Milenio in Portland, Oregon 

By Mariah Grant One of the most striking developments, since the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States in November 2016 and his assumption of office at the beginning of 2017, is the rapid mobilization of civic opposition to the policies of his administration. Virtually every major announcement since taking office – from the so-called ‘travel ban’ on citizens from a...

Myanmar: The continued persecution of Rohingya 

By Nicole Girard While right-wing populism and anti-migrant rhetoric are widely reported in Europe and North America, they are by no means confined to these regions. From Côte d’Ivoire to India, many political groups are actively exploiting fears and resentments around migration to further their own identity- based platforms. Yet there are few instances where the intensification of hostility has occurred so rapidly in...

Ukraine: Life in displacement for a Roma family in Kiev: a double bind of poverty and discrimination 

Since the outbreak of conflict in 2014 in the east of the country, thousands of Ukrainians have been uprooted from their homes. Now controlled by armed militias, with Russian support, these areas remain off limits due to the devastation left by the fighting and ongoing human rights abuses. As a result, many have been forced to relocate to Kiev and other cities in the...

China: Repression at home, repatriation abroad: the predicament of Tibetans and Uyghurs 

By Michael CasterWhile many of today’s refugees are escaping major conflicts, certain communities are fleeing not sudden crises but protracted and continuous persecution by their own governments – persecution that in some cases has persisted over multiple generations. This is the case for China’s sizeable Tibetan and Uyghur minorities, both groups who in the face of profound discrimination have been forced to leave their...

Iran: Refugees twice over: the migration of second-generation Afghans to Europe from Iran 

Decades of conflict in Afghanistan, beginning with the Soviet occupation of the country from 1978 to 1992, has led to widespread displacement and migration. This continued under Taliban rule between 1992 and 2001, an era defined by widespread violence and ethnic cleansing across Afghanistan, ending with the US-led invasion in 2001 and an estimated 26,000 documented civilian deaths as a result of war-related violence....

Iraq: Trapped in a limbo - Iraq’s displaced minorities and the difficulties of return 

By Mays Al-Juboori With more than 3 million Iraqis still internally displaced, the country’s protracted crisis – driven in large part by the 2014 offensive of ISIS through northern Iraq – is still a long way from being resolved, even with the apparent retreat of its forces from Mosul and other strongholds. Ensuring the safe return to Ninewa and other areas of former residents,...

Mexico: Separated by climate change: indigenous migration from Chiapas to Mexico City 

By Kirstin Adkinson Though Mexico’s indigenous population is the largest in Latin America, amounting to around 17 million people, they continue to face discrimination on a daily basis. Indeed, the inequality gap between indigenous peoples and the general population of Mexico is the widest in the world – a stark reality that is especially evident in Mexico City. Few of the capital’s indigenous residents...

Kiribati: A nation facing catastrophe - Kiribati and the threat of mass migration 

By Fumiya Nagai While climate change is a global challenge, with wide- ranging social, cultural and economic implications across the world, its implications are especially severe in the Pacific. In this region of low-lying atolls and coastal settlements, rising sea levels are already having a devastating effect on many communities, forcing many to leave their homes and resettle elsewhere. The challenges facing the small...

Brazil: The displacement of Guarani Kaiowá in Mato Grosso do Sul 

By Genna Naccache Numbering some 30,000 people, Brazil’s Guarani Kaiowá are one of the largest indigenous communities in the country, with a long history of forced evictions dating back to the early twentieth century. Most live on the frontier of Mato Grosso do Sul, bordering neighbouring Paraguay, an isolated region far from the nearest town and with little in the way of public security....

Europe: Migration, minorities, integration and inclusion - new podcast 

The mass influx of vulnerable individuals who differ from the majority population in terms of ethnicity, religion and language has brought to the fore many challenges for European states.Since 2015, when more than a million asylum-seekers and migrants entered the European Union, there has been a marked increase in xenophobia, intolerance and hate crime, particularly towards those of Muslim origin. This growth of intolerance...

Iraq: The situation in Sinjar and the north 

تعاني منطقة سنجار من انتهاكات حقوقية عديدة اذ ما زال الوضع يتسم هناك بالعديد من المشاكل المستعصية في العديد من المجالات الحياتية اليومية، مع ملاحظة ان العديد من عوائل سنجار ما زالوا نازحين، والعودة تشهد بطئ واضح خاصة وان العديد من دور المواطنين والمباني العامة مهدمة أو محترقة وطالتها ايدي التخريب والتدمير. الوضع الصحي في قضاء سنجار يشكو من الاهمال الشديد، اذ بالرغم من...

Rwanda: Being indigenous and disabled is double jeopardy 

Being indigenous and disabled is double jeopardy: But we need to put our effort together to fight against the discrimination of disabled people.In 2016-2017, African Initiative for Mankind Progress Organisation (AIMPO) conducted out survey on Batwa with disabilities, thanks to the support of Disability Rights Fund (DRF). The objective of this baseline survey was to establish the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of Batwa currently...

Zimbabwe: Matabeleland Youths Demand International Tribunal for Gukurahundi Genocide Crimes 

The Gukurahundi genocide was committed by the Mugabe government against the people of Matabeleland and Midlands during the period of 1983 - 1987, using a North Korean trained sectarian and Shona speaking 5th Brigade armies that unleashed the reign of terror in Matabeleland, i.e. killing, raping, torturing and maiming those that spoke Ndebele and that were perceived to be sympathetic to the ZAPU party....

Turkey: ESU Statement regarding Syriac properties in the southeast region 

As reported this week in several media outlets in Turkey, a planned new bill will be presented to the Turkish Parliament regarding the issue of 50 Syriac Christian properties that had been seized by the state in the south-east region of Turkey, namely in Turabdin. From the start of the property issue six months ago, ESU have been active regarding the Syriac properties...

Sri Lanka: Condemning Attacks on Muslim Minority 

 The government is accountable for attacks on Muslims in SrilankaJaffna Muslim Community International  Jaffna Muslim Community International (JMC-I) strongly condemns the recent violence against Muslims in Ampara-Srilanka in the morning on 27.02.2018 and urged the government to uphold minority rights and freedom of religion.In 2014, three Muslims were killed in riots stirred up by hardline groups. President Sirisena was elected the following year after...

Turkey: Life without hope is no life (stories of Christian Syriac/Assyrian/Chaldean refugees) 

They survived a genocide. They fled from radical Islamists, leaving everything they had behind. Now they are stuck in a Turkish city. They can neither return to Iraq nor could they live a normal life in Turkey.They lack basic rights, they cannot work legally under the Turkish ban and their children are not allowed to go to school. They are forgotten by world leaders,...


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