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Iran: Ethnic cleansing and oppression practices of Iranian regime against Ahwazi Arab villages 

Written By Rahim Hamid and Mehdi HashemiSince the former eras of the Pahlavi dynasty until the emergence of the Islamic Republic regime we have seen that the Arab villages of Ahwaz region in the south and south west of Iran have always been subjected to ethnic cleansing policies and systematically dragged into destruction. This report focuses on gruesome evidence of the ethnic cleansing practices...

Iran: Enforced addiction to narcotics kills thousands of Ahwazi Arabs 

The political and social Governor Deputy, Farajollah Khabir, in a seminar which has been held in welfare center department under slogan so-called promoting social welfare and combating poverty in Ahwaz, announced that there are 150,000 drug addicted individuals in entire Ahwaz region.He added that according to the latest figures of toll death resulting from narcotics believe or not every two hours one person addicted...

España: La exclusión de la comunidad gitana es 'alarmante y empeora con rapidez' 

Según el último informe de la Fundación Foessa-Cáritas sobre exclusión y desarrollo social en España, la situación de los gitanos es cada vez peor. La crisis ha afectado especialmente a esta población que ya sufría exclusión.Foto: Mujeres gitanas, GranadaCredit:Luciana Batista...

Sri Lanka: The Forgotten People: 24 years of Forcible Eviction of Northern Muslims 

Over 75 Muslims expelled from their native districts of Northern Sri Lanka by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) within a short period of time in October 1990 have still been living in a state of protracted displacement out of the Northern Province for the past 24 years.The minority Muslim community comprises about 8 percent of the country’s population of 20.2 million, according...

Iran: Outbreak of communicable diseases claim the lives of Ahwazi Arab prisoners  

Owing to lack of sanitation, severe restrictions in access to health care, dirty and unsanitary environment of prison besides overcrowding of prison’s wards have resulted into outbreak of fatal contagious diseases among prisoners in Shushtar prison in Al-Ahwaz region, the prisoners’ families reported.According to Ahwazna reliable sources from Ahwaz, an Ahwazi Arab prisoner by the name of Farhan Mohammad Taher has died last week...

Iran: Extreme poverty causes rise in suicide rates among Ahwazi Arabs 

Sociologists believe that the social identity is one of the important parts of one’s identity in every society. Once such aspect of an individual’s identity is crushed or isolated for whatever reasons, it would cause that individual to gradually fall into depression and lose his/her hope and motivation to battle in life.  As the individual’s social ties weaken or extremely restrict in the...

Cambodia: Lao minority fight to retain their language 

Um Simeng is the only person in her family who doesn’t speak the Khmer language.“When I need to run an official errand I have to take a translator with me,” says the 55-year-old ethnic Lao woman, resting in the shade beneath a small wooden hut in Kok Lao village, Ratanakiri province. “Usually I take one of my sons.”In her village, a remote constellation of...

Ukraine: Report on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples  

During the last 12 years my research studies were devoted to the problems of indigenous peoples residing in Ukraine. In modern conditions of the Russian agression and occupation of the Crimea, those problems become urgently actual for Crimean Tatars and other indigenous people living in Crimea. This research report was done with a strong contact of Crimean Tatar experts and NGO activists from Crimea...

DRC: Les Populations Autochtones Pygmees Faces Au Processus Electoral En RD Congo 

Tout citoyen a droit de participer pleinement à la vie politique de son Pays. Ceci est l’un des baromètres pour apprécier la démocratie dans un Etat. Les Pygmées de la RD Congo, singulièrement ceux de la Province du Nord-Kivu lance un cri d’alarme face au risque qu’ils courts, celui de n’est pas participés aux élections suite au manque de carte d’électeur, unique moyen...

The Manu Project: Building a 21st century queer totem for Auckland Pride 

The Manu Project has been conceived by London-based friends and collaborators Lyall Hakaraia and Emma Eastwood.Lyall Hakaraia is a creative director and curator of Māori descent, who has produced publicly engaging work at art power houses such as the ICA and The Barbican and in the fields of Glastonbury Festival. He has designed and made wearable art pieces for popular artists such as Beyonce,...

Israel: Adalah demands establishment of health clinic in Kohleh and Makhool villages in the Naqab 

Due to lack of clinics, village residents from Kohleh and Makhool villages in the Naqab have to travel to the town of Al Kseifeh, 9 kilometres away, to receive medical treatment.On 31 December 2014, Adalah sent a letter to the Israeli Deputy Health Minister and to the Clalit Health Services calling on them to establish a health clinic for the Arab Bedouin residents of the...

Nepal: UN rights experts apprised of violation of rights of indigenous Pradhan Newars for construction of a mega business complex 

Kathmandu, 9 Feb Two non-governmental organizations have submitted an urgent communication to UN rights experts alleging that a Nepali private company has unlawfully acquired the communal trust lands of indigenous Pradhan Newar community of Kathmandu to construct a mega business complex. As a result, the religious and cultural customs and traditions of Pradhan Newars based on the pond and its embankment lands have...

Global: African History Month 365 Days Concepts 

Click on the link below to read an article that praises Dr. Carters G. Woodson Negro History Week that he created in 1926.The African History Month365-Days Concepts present a case to enhance his legacy, including all the descendants of slavery from Christopher Columbus's so-called New World as well as the victims of colonialism. The purpose of this case is to include Africa and its...

Syria: Assyrian villages in Khabour, Syria under ISIS attack 

Assyrian Christian villages along the Khabour river in the Hassake region are under heavy attacks of ISIS. Hundred of people left the region and number of women and children have been kidnapped by ISIS. Clashes continue between MFS, YPG against ISIS. On Monday around 5am ISIS carried out an attack on the Assyrian villages in the Khabour region leaving casualties and another exodus...

Iran/EU: Ahwazi mass demonstration in front of the European Parliament in Brussels  

The Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Al-Ahwaz has organized a mass demonstration, under the title “We will never forget our Ahwazi people” in front of the European Parliament in Brussels, the Belgian Capital.The Demonstration took place on Friday 6th of March to condemn the policies of Iranian occupation and the ongoing anti-human atrocities against the Arab people of Ahwaz.The Ahwazi community organized...

EU/Iraq/Syria: Breakthrough EU resolution supporting Nineveh Plain Safe Haven 

In a unprecedented move European Parliament adopted a resolution regarding Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian (CSA people) in Middle East supporting safe haven in the Nineveh Plain and Syriac Military Council, MFS and further condemning acts of ISIS. Strasbourg, EU – European Parliament, EP adopted historical resolution concerning the recent situation of the CSA people in the Middle East and highlighting importance of the European Union committment...

Jordan: Bedouins, a lifestyle in disappearance 

Improvements in the economy and technology have prevented Jordanian Bedouins from keeping a truly nomadic existence, and their way of life is slowly disappearing.Currently, around only 15 families permanently live in tents in the protected area of Wadi Rum (South-West Jordan), formed of 720 square kilometers of narrow canyons, sandstone mountains and sandy valleys. Most of its inhabitants have moved to small villages  surrounding...

Cambodia: Indigenous groups recall painful past 

Nok Yik was seven years old when the Khmer Rouge seized power in Cambodia, plunging the country into darkness and terror. She was confined to a forced labour camp in north-eastern Ratanakiri province, where she served food and water to a troupe of workers for 12 hours a day.Her grandmother and older brother were sent to other labour camps scattered across the country. Then...

New MRG documentary film: 'Noun' - a film about the current challenges facing Iraqi Christians  

Directed by Aida Schlaepfer, commissioned and produced by Minority Rights Group International & da ProductionDuration: 24 minutesLanguage: Arabic (English subtitles)The film “Noun” depicts the suffering of Christian Iraqis - their marginalisation, persecution, torture, and murder - culminating in their forced displacement from their homes in northern Iraq, and how this systematic displacement, which began at the turn of the 20th Century, continues to this...

Minority Voices Podcast - April 2015 

MRG's April 2015 Minority Voices Podcast features a report back from the jungles of Thailand, where indigenous communities are being displaced in the name of conservation, and folk music from the war-torn Nuba Mountains in Sudan.Photo: Mue Naw, wife of a disappeared Karen land rights activist, Thailand, March 2015.Credit: Emma Eastwood/MRG   Thanks to Atanas Kutsev for providing the field recording of Paethai Paera playing the dennaku...


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