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Kenya: Stop forced eviction of indigenous Sengwer/Cherangany people 

We are deeply concerned by the forced eviction, and consequent other human rights violations, that threaten the forest life and forest homes of the 6000-7000 indigenous people and other communities in Embobut Forest in the Cherangany Hills (Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya).We appeal to the Government and Parliament of Kenya and to the UN organs responsible for guarding and securing the fundamental rights of such...

Nigeria: Ogoni People give gov't 90-day ultimatum to implement UNEP report during celebrations to mark International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 

Over ten thousand Ogonis, including Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) activists, marched on Bori, the Ogoni ancestral capital, to protest the failure of the Nigerian Government to implement the UNEP environmental assessment report on Ogoni two years after its official release. They gave a 90-day ultimatum to the Federal Government of Nigeria to set in motion the proper...

MRG Podcast February 2014 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s February 2014 podcast. This month we investigate the current situation for religious minorities in Pakistan, take a look at the plight of Burma’s stateless Rohingya, and check out a Maasai choir from the plains of East Africa....

Kenya: Hindus urge Kenyatta to visit Kisumu Sikh Temple to show support  

Hindus have urged Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Samoei Ruto to show strong political will to take care of country’s minorities in view of recent Kisumu incidents.Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, reminded Kenyatta of his “core value” to "treat everyone fairly". Zed pointed out to Ruto that if he wanted to "Transform Kenya into an...

Bangladesh: Hindus under threat 

Click on the link below for a report from Star on Hindus under threat as hundreds leave home in panic as Jamaat-BNP-led post-polls terror strikes them in several districts.Photo: Jamaat-Shibir men go on the rampage, in Kornai Bazar of Dinajpur. Credit: Star/ Focus Bangla...

Iran: Alarming statistics of increasing cancer in Ahwaz region linked to air pollution 

In the past, Ahwazi people were rarely hearing about cancer but cancer is now more common than flu among them. The air pollution in Ahwaz led to a sharp increase of leukemia, liver cancer, skin cancer and birth defects. As a result, panicked residents fear for their health as it has come to light that the air Ahwazi people breathes is laced with carcinogenic...

Burma: Leaked documents expose government complicity in persecution of Rohingya 

Leaked government documents reveal severe violations of human rights of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, including restrictions on their freedom of movement, marriage and childbirth, Fortify Rights said in a new report released on Tuesday.The report implicates state and central government officials in the systematic persecution of Rohingya — tantamount to crimes against humanity under international law. 'The impacts of these restrictions are severe and have been well-documented...

Kenya: Campaign against harmful beading culture in Samburu communities 

They are beautiful when worn around the neck. But unknown to many, some beads symbolize bondage to young girls from the Samburu and Rendile communities who inhabit Samburu, Isiolo, Laikipia and Marsabit counties.While some parents buy the beads for their daughters, others wait for the community warriors (morans) to give them; a gesture that announces the commencement of an intimate relationship. This relationship is...

Maasai villagers turn to US courts for information on abusive evictions by US safari company 

February 26, 2014, Boston — Today, with the assistance of EarthRights International (ERI), three Tanzanian Maasai communities turned to a United States federal court to support their ongoing legal battle over the land they lost to Thomson Safaris, a high-end safari outiftter based in Watertown, Massachusetts. The communities originally filed suit in 2010, in a local court in Tanzania, after they were forced from...

Philippines: Tumandok people march against Jalaur Dam  

ILOILO CITY, PHILIPPINES - Indigenous peoples under TUMANDUK (Indigenous Farmers in Defense of Land and Life) organization held a picket Thursday morning in front of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) office in Barangay Tacas, Jaro, Iloilo City to oppose the construction of the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Phase II (JRMP2), als known as the Jalaur mega dam project. The march was held in...

Thailand: Annual festival supports hill tribe communities' education 

Each year, a festival takes place in the northern Thailand province Mae Hong Son that brings together marginalized hill tribe communities and raises money for hill tribe children’s education. The festival is organized by Toys for Thailand, a charity providing support to 29 remote hill tribe village schools located near the Burmese border in Mae Hong Son. Maria S. Miller and Sasha Billar, directors...

Ukraine: Crimean Tatars are being neglected 

While the world press is debating whether or not ethnic Russians in Crimea are under threat and need the protection of the Russian Federation, Crimean Tatars are being neglected. Crimea is getting ready for a referendum, its outcome is obvious – the Russian minority, which in fact is a majority of Crimea’s population, will vote for joining the Russian Federation.The first time I encountered...

Philippines: Not a 'mass grave,' Ligiw family slay are extrajudicial killings--IP group 

Indigenous peoples organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) condemned the slays of Licuben Ligiw, and his sons, Freddie "Fermin" Ligiw and Edie Ligiw, all farmers and members of the Binongan tribe in Baay-Licuan, Abra. According to a statement by 1st Lieutenant Rowena Abayon, 5th Infantry Division spokesperson, the Ligiws were executed by the New People's Army and then buried...

Burma: Network calls for action for rivers  

The Burma Rivers Network, comprising several organizations defending the communities in Burma against the effects of dams' construction, organized the international day of action for rivers and against dams to focus attention on a project undertaken by China, Thailand and Burma for building dams on the Salween River. The goal of the organization is to stop the plan that puts at risk not only the...

Zimbabwe: Mthwakazi leaders' rights abused  

From bulawayo24.com:Mqondisi Moyo who the Mthwakazi Youth Leaders Joint Resolution President and Busani Sibindi MYLJR chairperson have been given a three months suspended sentence at the bulawayo Magistrate Court on condition they don't commit a similar offense in the next coming 5 years. The two Mthwakazi leaders have to pay a $500 dollar fine each. Their lawyer, Mr Dumisani Dube, has indicated that he...

Bangladesh: Education on human rights for minority groups 

From the 1st to the 31st of January 2014 the Bangladesh Center for Human Rights & Development (BCHRD) in association with Aparajeyo-Bangladesh, provided basic human rights education, life skills training and Theater for Development (TFD) for 90 direct beneficiaries.The training was funded by Plan International Bangladesh under the Girl Power Project with the goal of ‘reducing gender based violence against girl & young women’,...

Tanzania: UN demands information from gov't on eviction of Maasai 

­Click on the link below for the full text of a letter from the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, James Anaya, to the Tanzanian government, calling for information concerning the alleged forcible eviction and other human rights issues affecting indigenous Maasai pastoralists in the area of Sukenya Farm, Arusha Region.For more information regarding this case and MRG's involvement see the...

MRG Podcast March 2014 

Our March podcast features music and interviews from a visit by MRG’s Media Officer, Emma Eastwood, to Batwa communities in south west Uganda. Batwa, who Emma describes as Africa’s untouchables, are one of the most vulnerable groups on the continent, and part of a growing number of conservation refugees, forcibly removed from their ancestral forest home to make way for a national park....

Philippines: Cordilleran human rights worker gunned down in Ifugao 

William Bugatti, member of rights group the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) was killed 7 PM last night in Ifugao. In a text message received by Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA)from human rights organizations in the Cordillera, Bugatti was probably on his way home from the CHRA office when he was gunned down at the Ifugao Highway in Bolog, Kiangan in Ifugao. Bugatti...

Belize: US Capital Energy and Government of Belize Taunt Supreme Court SATIIM file for Injunction 

Punta Gorda March 18th, 2014: On October 23rd, 2013, arguments ended in the case between SATIIM and the indigenous communities, and the Government of Belize. Justice Arana reserved judgment. One would expect that a law-abiding and socially responsible company would suspend its activities out of respect for the Belizean justice system until a judgement was delivered. Not so with US Capital Energy. In fact, they...


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