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Jamaica/Global: Marcus Garvey's Legacy 

The article is titled Marcus Garvey's Legacy, which gives a comprehensive analysis of the life of Marcus Garvey, and the impact he still has on the contemporary world. It reflects his era and obstacles he had to negotiate in order to organize the greatest mass movement that consisted of over six millions of Africans Americans together with Africans worldwide. The movement centered on...

Democratic Republic of Congo: Indigenous organizations call for humanitarian assistance for displaced Batwa people  

We, organizations of indigenous Batwa people and those who accompany them, regret to note the following:- Large-scale displacement of indigenous Batwa across the entire province of North Kivu due to numerous conflicts that occur. Therefore, they are the primary innocent victims;- Indigenous Batwa people do not have access to, or have difficulty accessing, emergency humanitarian aid in IDP (internally displaced persons) camps due to...

Nepal: Dalit girls' education suffers due to late start at school  

The Feminist Dalit Organization has produced a report surveying Dalit girls' education in Nepal entitled Late comers in school: The status of Dalit girls in education. Dalit girls in Nepal are the last to be enrolled in school and begin their education late due to their low status in society. Through extensive consultation with parents, students, teachers, political parties, Dalit activists and others, the...

MRG Event: Business, natural resources and minority rights 

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) is holding a seminar on business, natural resources and minority rights in London, UK, on 17 October 2012.While the principle of corporate responsibility for human rights is gaining ground, the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples have not been given sufficient attention. As a result, these communities around the world continue to face eviction from their lands and other violations...

Bangladesh: the decline of a vibrant Bihari craft 

Click on the link below to download a report on Urdu-speaking Banarsi silk weavers of Dhaka, Bangladesh....

Lithuania's Roma - stateless and excluded 

Click on the links below to learn more about the history leading to the current statelessness of some members of the Roma community in Lithuania, as well as the factors maintaining their exclusion from citizenship, and the Roma Holocaust and the lack of public conscience of it in the country. http://advocacynet.org/wordpress-mu/efilo/2012/09/09/of-course-the-horse-is-still-romantic-but-a-car-would-be-preferable/http://advocacynet.org/wordpress-mu/efilo/2012/08/04/weve-all-heard-the-call-to-%E2%80%9Cnever-forget%E2%80%9D/Photo: A Romani family in The Kirtimai settlement in Vilnius.Credit: Eglė Kristina Kucinskaite...

Event: Brussels screening of new MRG film on discrimination in Africa and the Caribbean 

You are invited to a film screening and expert Q&A on discrimination in Africa and the Caribbean. Filmed in four countries, Say My Name tells the stories of people on the outside of society facing extreme discrimination. Viewed as less than human or ‘too dark’,  Valentina, Phineas and thousands of others are prevented from studying, working or getting healthcare. Desperate for change they become...

Philippines: Police, security push protesters from mining conference 

The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines is holding a three-day Mining Conference and Exhibition at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City. The event, attended by government officials and representatives of local and foreign mining corporations were apparently oblivious to the barrage of protesters outside the five-star hotel this morning. “While our lands and patrimony are being bargained off by the government to...

Philippines: Youth indigenous leader tortured and killed 

National alliance of indigenous peoples Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) expressed fury over the killing of another indigenous leader. Genesis Ambason, 23 year old secretary-general of grassroots indigenous organization Tagdumahan, was tortured and killed allegedly by members of the CAFGUs (Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit) of the 26th Infantry Battalion headed by Artemio Sublidan last September 13, 2012. ...

Mauritius: New group denounces discrimination against Creoles  

Minority Voice, a newly born organisation bringing together minority rights activists in Mauritius has taken the decision to keep track and record various cases of discrimination perpetrated against the creole community in Mauritius. Click on the link below to download an article wihch gives an overview of the sorts of discrimination children of the creole community face in the education sector in...

Tanzania: MRG's Head of Law visits Maasai communities pitted against safari company over land dispute 

In August 2012, Carla Clarke, MRG's Head of Law, visited the Maasai villages of Sukenya and Mondorosi, which border the world-renowned Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania.The villagers are involved in an over 12,000-acre land dispute withThomson Safaris, a US-based tourism company which prides itself on its community involvement.The primary cause of the conflict between the local community and Thomson Safaris is over land...

Mauritius: Creole Chief Inspector challenges law preventing police officers joining union 

Minority Voice is following closely the case of Chief Inspector Hector Tuyau, a well-respected member of the Creole community in Mauritius. He is currently facing discrimination and is being victimised by the Commissioner of Police, Dhun Iswar Rampersad, who is a member of the Vaish and Hindu majority. This has happened after Chief Inspector Hector Tuyau approached the Supreme Court and the Human...

Bangladesh: Minority Hindu girls raise their hands  

Plan International's Because I am a Girl campaign launches globally on the first ever International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October 2012.Girls themselves were crucial in the global movement to establish the Day of the Girl, and through their stories, ideas and views Plan came to believe that a day for girls would: bring global focus to the widespread denial of basic...

Namibia: UN Envoy says minorities and indigenous peoples crave inclusion 

As the main human rights monitoring and advocacy NGO in Namibia, NamRights welcomes the Statement (click on the link below to download) of UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, upon ending his visit to the African country. During a media conference held at UN Center in the Namibian capital Windhoek this morning, Anaya pointed out that all the...

Lithuania: Nobody wants a 'gypsy' on their staff 

Read a blog by Elise Filo about the discrimination and difficulties Roma face in finding work in Vilnius, Lithuania.Elise is a human rights advocate and photographer, currently focusing on Roma rights.Image: The Advocacy Project...

Egypt: forceful relocation of Christians from Rafah, Sinai 

Al Kalema Center for human rights (ACHR) condemns in the strongest terms the recent forced relocation of Christian Coptic residents of Rafah, located in Sinai Peninsula. ACHR considers the Egyptian government to bear some responsibility for this situation by advising Christians to move rather than providing them with adequate protection so that they can stay in their homes. If the Egyptian government is to...

Lithuania: Obstacles to Roma Education in Kirtimai 

Click on the link below to read a blog entry from Elise Filo discussing the obstacles hindering Roma children's access to education in Vilnius, Lithuania. http://advocacynet.org/wordpress-mu/efilo/2012/10/08/kids-will-be-kids-conditions-permitting/Photo credit: Elise Filo...

Vietnam: Taidam “paenk khwan” ceremony 

Taidam, an ethnic minority community living in north-west Vietnam, have a strong belief in evil spirits, which can cause illness, while good spirits or more specifically the presence of the “khwan” (the soul) in the body preserves health. The “khwan” might be broken or overcome by fear or some supernatural powers, which leads to sickness or being continuously tired.Therefore, after someone's soul is...

Pakistan: Photo story - the daily life of Christian workers 

The photo story below depicts the daily life of two christian workers in a government department in Pakistan and shows their living and working conditions. The inadequate living standards and harsh conditions of weather do not stop them earning a living for their families. Though many poor people belonging from all communities more or less have similar conditions of life, the minority communities are...

Vietnam: The “xain sub kher” ceremony of Taidam people 

This photo shows the “Xain sub kher” Taidam’s ceremony at my home. In Taidam language, this name means 'to drive away catastrophe.'According to Taidam belief, after a member of family dies and moves to live with our forefathers, they often give back the reasons for their death to their close relatives. In my story, some older people said that my dead uncle had shared...


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