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Iran/EU: Massive Ahwazi demonstration in Brussels commemorates the 90th anniversary of the Iranian occupation of Al-Ahwaz  

On Friday 17-04-2015, a massive demonstration was held in front of the European Parliament buildings in Brussels to commemorate both the 10th anniversary of the Ahwazi popular uprising of April 2005 and the 90th anniversary of the Iranian occupation of Al-Ahwaz (subsequently renamed ‘Khuzestan’) in 1925.The demonstration, in solidarity with Ahwazi Arabs living under brutal and oppressive Iranian occupation, condemned the persistent systemic brutality...

Zambia: Aba Twa, Dancers of the Gods 

Three urban Zambian youths go in search of an indigenous marginalized tribe of people known as Aba Twa. This story documents their journey and what they discover from this ancient group of Africans living in the swamps of Bangweulu and Chiengi in remote part of Zambia. Written and directed by Joel Kapungwe....

New MRG documentary/Pakistan: Shaheedo Tum Kahan Ho - a film about Pakistan's Hazara  

Shaheedo Tum Kahan Ho gives an account of the targeted killings of members of the Shi’a Hazara community in Pakistan, highlighting how they face discrimination in their everyday lives, while security concerns and death threats make routine activities like going to school or the market a potential hazard.This interview-based documentary weaves a comparison between the violent discrimination against the Hazara and the problems faced...

Iran: The oppression of Ahwazi Arab people in Al-Ahwaz  

While Iran’s role in the wars in the Middle East is receiving a great deal of international attention, the situation in its south and south-western provinces of Khuzestan, Hormozgan and Bushehr, which are known to its Arab inhabitants as Al-Ahwaz region, is largely ignored.Iran has imposed a media blackout on this Arabic-speaking region. It was occupied by Iran in 1925, and its Arab inhabitants...

Middle East: Rifugio, a new book about Christians of the Middle East 

The birthplace of Christianity lies on the Iranian slopes from Mount Ararat to Mount Lebanon. Since those ancient times, the rugged valleys and gorges have served as a refuge for monastic communities and those in search of solitude. Nowadays, 12 million Christians are assumed to live in the Middle East, but only a few of them remain to live in the region because of...

Georgia: More voices against intolerance needed 

Author wants to thank for their contribution to Tamta Mikeladze (Human Rights Monitoring and Education Center, Georgia and Andrew Smith, Legal officer at Article 19, UK). Violent incidents against religious minorities have been persistent within the last two years in Georgia. In many incidents, police have failed to protect minorities from violence and discrimination, and have repressed minority protests with excessive use of...

SWM 2015: Dubai - Everywhere but invisible – the continued marginalization of migrant construction workers 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Derek VerbakelDubai’s construction boom has tranformed this desert city into a dense urban landscape of skyscrapers, shopping malls, roads and swimming pools. This extraordinary development has been made possible by the labour of many hundreds of thousands of migrant construction workers, who first began arriving in the city in the 1960s and now number around a...

SWM 2015: Israel/Palestine - Life in a divided city – one Palestinian community under threat in East Jerusalem 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Tom PalmerWhile 35 per cent of land in East Jerusalem has been expropriated for the establishment of a dozen Jewish settlements, housing around 200,000 Israeli citizens, under the current Israeli master plan only 13 per cent of East Jerusalem is zoned for Palestinian construction, even though 300,000 Palestinians reside in the area. Decisions regarding planning policy...

SWM 2015: Lebanon - The disappearance of Wadi Abu Jmil, Beirut’s Jewish district 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Rania El RajjiLebanon’s wars have had a lasting impact on the country’s urban fabric. The infamous ‘green line’ which divided Beirut into East and West between 1975 and 1990 forced various religious groups – primarily Muslims and Christians, but also other smaller minorities who found themselves drawn into the conflict – to resettle on either side...

SWM 2015: Bolivia - Promoting indigenous participation in Santa Cruz de la Sierra 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Vanessa MazzeiBolivia has some of the highest levels of poverty in South America, and it also stands out as one of the most culturally diverse countries in the region with the highest percentage of indigenous people in Latin America – an estimated 62 per cent of the population. Yet indigenous communities have nevertheless struggled historically to...

SWM 2015: USA - Detroit – rebuilding the city from the bottom up 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Mariah GrantThroughout the recent recession in the United States, the city of Detroit, Michigan was seen as a cautionary tale of economic boom and bust within the country’s urban centres. Nicknamed Motor City, USA, Detroit was the thriving epicentre of the automobile industry from its early days in the 1900s to the 1950s, when the city boasted...

Iran: Report exposes widespread job discrimination exercised against Ahwazi Arab people  

The ruthless oppression of Ahwazi Arabs and the injustices inflicted upon them are apparently endless. The Ahwazi Arab people are facing constant explicit discrimination based on ethnicity at every field, particularly in the employment process.According to the media of the Iranian occupying state, MEHR News Agency, over 300,000 non-Arab migrant workers currently live and work across the al-Ahwaz region, where they live in specially...

SWM 2015: Kenya - Urban migration and the loss of traditional culture among Endorois youth 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Rebecca MarlinIndigenous Endorois had inhabited Lake Bogoria for centuries when, in the 1970s, the Kenyan government forcibly removed them from their ancestral land. Their eviction brought to an end a unique way of life rich with culture and tradition, and they have been advocating for the rightful return of their land ever since. Despite a 2010...

SWM 2015: Hungary - How the redevelopment of Józsefváros is pushing out Budapest’s minorities 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Linda SzabóIn recent years Budapest’s most stigmatized neighbourhood, Józsefváros, has been undergoing significant change. ‘Józsefváros is being rebuilt,’ goes the municipality’s slogan – the only question is for whom. While Józsefváros has long been one of the city’s most diverse areas, with the highest concentration of Roma and migrant populations, the local municipality’s plans for the...

SWM 2015: Poland - Remembering Warsaw’s Jewish community through heritage conservation 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Dobroslawa Wiktor-Mach Before the outbreak of the Second World War, when Poland was home to the largest Jewish community in Europe, more than 380,000 Jews lived in Warsaw. During the war, however, the Nazis annihilated the large majority of the city’s Jewish population and destroyed much of their physical heritage. Under Communist rule, the surviving...

SWM 2015: The San in southern Africa – adjusting to urbanization as a first people 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Inga ThiemannSouthern African countries have urbanized rapidly in the last few decades, with significant impacts on San indigenous populations in the entire region. Urbanization has not only threatened access to land among rural communities but also in areas where some measure of urbanization has taken place, while the government has failed to provide San residents with...

SWM 2015: Turkey - Little change, two decades on, for displaced Kurds  

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Bill BowringTurkey’s Kurdish community, besides being the largest minority in the country, is also one of the most discriminated against. Historically, Kurds are concentrated in the eastern and south-western parts of the country. Their situation deteriorated further following the outbreak of fighting in 1984 between the government and the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed opposition group...

SWM 2015: Ukraine/Russian Federation - Deteriorating rights for Crimean Tatars under Russian rule 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Nataliya Novakova At the beginning of 2014, following the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, the government of Ukraine lost control over the peninsula. The subsequent transition to the legislation of the Russian Federation and the continued presence of unregulated paramilitary groups, known as samooborona, posed considerable threats to the local population, particularly for ethnic and religious...

SWM 2015: Brazil - Preserving indigenous heritage in Rio de Janeiro 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Umamah BasitRio de Janeiro has a significant indigenous population, many of whom have been driven out of their ancestral lands in the Amazon due to poverty, deforestation and persecution. Due to unaffordable housing and lack of state support, these groups have settled in the poorest of urban slums, commonly known as ‘favelas’, where they face rampant...

SWM 2015: UK - Gentrification brings new challenges for Brixton’s minority communities 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Electra BabouriBrixton is an inner London neighbourhood renowned for its ethnic and cultural diversity. Beginning in the late 1940s, when migrants from the Caribbean began began settling in the area, it has cemented a reputation as a multiethnic hub with a vibrant music scene and an array of global cuisines. Yet Brixton has also seen serious...


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