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Nepal: How to save indigenous tongues from extinction 

Four-year-old Siriya Shahi from Kathmandu is a shy girl if you try to talk to her in Nepali. Unable to speak or understand, she stays quietly in a corner of the classroom, unwilling to participate in school activities. But talk to her in her native language, Newar, and she springs into action.Siriya is one of many Nepalese children from different indigenous communities and linguistic...

SWM 2014: Video report - Annual survey warns of severe consequences of ignoring global hate crime towards minorities and indigenous peoples 

Hate crime towards minorities and indigenous peoples is a daily reality in many countries across the globe, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in its annual report, but is often ignored by authorities.The international organisation’s flagship report, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014, focuses on ‘Freedom from hate’ and presents compelling evidence showing that hate crime and hate speech are prevalent...

Guatemala: Interview with Isabel Turuy Patzan, Representative of the 12 Communities in Resistance 

San Juan Sacatapéquez is a Guatemalan town, rich in natural resources and biodiversity, where indigenous Maya Kaqchikel form 82 per cent of the population. In 2006, the government granted concessions to the Guatemalan company CEMPRO (Cemento Progreso S.A.) to build a quarry and a cement factory in the area, and a new road cutting through communal land. Indigenous communities from San Juan were not...

Nepal: Indigenous youth need support 

With some 370 million indigenous people across the world, there are 67 million indigenous youth globally. This means that indigenous young people (aged 15 to 24) account for approximately 18 per cent of the world's population. But although they constitute such a sizeable portion of the global public, indigenous youth are one of the most vulnerable groups both at the international and national level....

India: Union Budget 2014-15 yet again belies expectations of Dalits, Adivasis 

PRESS RELEASE: Union Budget 2014-15 yet again belies expectations of Dalits, Adivasis: NCDHR 11 July 2014, New Delhi With no significant policy for inclusive and equitable growth as promised by the Modi Government, the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR)-Dalit Arthik Adhikar Andolan (DAAA) today described the Union Budget 2014-15 as extremely disappointing, while saying it belied the expectations of the...

Bangladesh: SHAREE investigation finds rampant discrimination in allocation of Religious Affairs budget 

SHAREE, a national voluntary organization in Bangladesh, conducted a study to investigate discrimination in allocation of the budget for the Ministry of Religious Affairs. According to the organisation, their findings are a burning example of how the state discriminates against religious minorities.Click on the link below to read the entire study.Photo: Dalit women in DhakarCredit: Livia Saccardi/MRG...

Iran: Deadly sewage threatens millions of Ahwaz Arab people 

By Rahim HamidNationality: Ahwazi ArabDeliberate neglect of public facilities particularly lack of common developed sewage system which is an epidemic regarding the underground waste and sewage infrastructure of Ahwazi’ urban and rural residential areas. These have caused living condition unbearable and harder than ever before for Ahwazi Arab population who are paying the ultimate cruel price and being woefully victimized due to the institutionalized...

India: Gita's Story 

Gita lives on the edge of Muru, a small village in the Kutch (or Kachchh) district of Gujarat, bordering on the salt marshes of the Rann of Kachchh. The region encompasses thousands of square kilometres of grassland and desert, and the majority of its population lead a rural existence, far from major cities. Muru is home to a community of barely a thousand, who...

Kenya: Photo story - Maasai forced from homes by power project in Hell's Gate National Park  

Hell’s Gate National Park, near Lake Naivasha in Kenya, is well-known for its wildlife and stunning scenery.  It is also the traditional home of the Maasai, who have strong cultural and religious attachments to the area. However, the area has been hugely destroyed by the construction of four large power stations, for geothermal energy (Olkaria I-IV), and proposed further development now threatens both the...

Iran: Repressive Regime to Expand its Prisons in Ahwaz 

The number of public hospitals has not increased, yet Iran's Al-Ahwaz region has seen a dramatic growth in numbers of patients diagnosed with various types of cancer linked to air and water pollution. Meanwhile, the situation in Ahwaz with regards to education and infrastructure is worse ever. Millions are on the verge of starvation due to the abject poverty that plagues most of Ahwaz's...

Nepal: Bridging the Gap at the 20th International Day of the World's Indigenous People 

Saturday August 9th marked 20 years since some 5,000 indigenous communities comprising over 370 million people and living in more than 90 countries across the world celebrated the first International Day of the World's Indigenous People (IDWIP). The UN General Assembly decided to observe August 9th as a special day of the world’s indigenous people through a resolution passed in December 1994. The...

Iran: Torture, Imprisonment and Summary Execution for Ahwazi Arabs  

Conducted behind closed doors, before biased judges and in the absence of legal representation, the unfair trials of Arabs in the al-Ahwaz region are part of a long-standing persecution of this minority group in Iran. Despite the fact that this recurring miscarriage of justice is in flagrant violation of the Islamic Republic's constitution, Iran's jails are filled with Ahwazi political prisoners who face brutal...

Iraq: Ezidies after escaping from mass killing, rape and dying from dehydration 

Ezidies people escaped from their territories to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq because of the genocide perpetrated upon them by the IS (Islamic State). As soon as the IS took over the Ezidies territories, many local people who were Non-Ezidies but well knowing the area and Ezidies families, turned against them with the IS. They together killed men and took families. Hundreds of...

Iran: Racial Discrimination Plagues the Lives of Millions of Ahwazi Arabs 

Characterised as lizard-eaters and camel milk-drinkers, barefooted and uncivilised nomads, Arabs in al-Ahwaz face racial discrimination in all areas of public life. In his latest report, rights activist Rahim Hamid explores how the Iranian regime tries to crush the willpower of Ahwazi Arabs to pursue their cultural practices.As the source of 40 to 50 per cent of Iran's gross domestic product, al-Ahwaz is one...

Iran: Harrowing report reveals discrimination against Ahwazi Arab workers  

Shunned from the workforce and stricken with poverty, Arabs in Iran's al-Ahwaz region face discrimination on a daily basis. Rahim Hamid's latest report reveals that employment levels in al-Ahwaz are disproportionately low in relation to the rest of Iran. The economic projects underway in the region are under the control of Persian contracters who have close ties with government officials. As a result, most...

Minority Voices Podcast: September 2014 

Welcome to the Minority Voices September 2014 podcast. This month we are firmly rooted in South Asia - we talk to a young activist from India's little-known descendants of enslaved Africans, and our minority music selection comes from Pakistan's Sufi community, who are increasingly under threat from Islamic hard-liners....

India: Photo story – Marginalised Sidi community rebuilds a lost cultural identity 

Descended from African slaves, India's Sidi community struggles with a conflict of identity. They are unable to pinpoint their country of origin, yet are also marginalised from Indian society as a result of the nation's discriminatory caste system.Earlier this month, Minority Rights Group welcomed Sidi activist Mohan into our London office to speak about his personal experiences as a member of an ethnic minority...

Ethiopia: Obang Metho condemns ‘Life Grabs’ and the Second Scramble for Africa 

Speaking at MRG’s London office as part of a nationwide tour, Executive Director of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia, Obang Metho, sheds light on the systematic violation of indigenous land rights by Ethiopia’s autocratic regime, resulting in the alleged torture and imprisonment of those who resist. And although this is happening in a land far, far away, says Obang, these atrocities are...

Iran: Ahwazi Arabs forced to drink contaminated water amidst government river diversions  

In a new report, Mostafah Hetteh reveals that the Iranian regime's strategy of diverting water from the Karun river is having devastating effects on al-Ahwaz's Arab population. Mostafah explains that the plans have cut off the Ahwazi Arab population's water supply almost entirely, and the little that remains is often contaminated with industrial and agricultural waste.  Confronted with daily discrimination at the hands of Iran's...

DRC: Congolese journalists learn to report on indigenous groups 

Goma - Democratic Republic of the Congo. On September 30 - 4 October, 2014, with the generous support of Irish Aid, 25 Congolese journalists were trained by MRG on how to report sensitively on indigenous groups. The training that took place in Goma - the capital of North Kivu Province - also saw the journalists visit a Bambuti community in Kingi, located in the...


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