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Pakistan: Karachi unrest, the role of the media and the courts 

Click on the link below to read an article on the conflict in Karachi involving ethnic and linguistic communities living in the largest city of Pakistan.The article examines both the role of different communities in the spread of violence, and the print media in highlighting the issue before it was taken up by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.The article was published in the quarterly...

Burma: communal violence in Rakhine state  

In Rakhine State, Myanmar, there are two groups: Ethnic Rakhines and stateless people who are descendants from the tribes of Bangladesh who migrated into Rakhine state a long time ago. Rakhines are Buddhists and the Bengali descendants are Muslims.Their cultures and languages are so different and there has been friction and conflict between the two groups, although both of them are minorities in comparison...

Sri Lanka: Who will listen to our silent cry from the wilderness? 

The Sri Lankan Government has announced to the whole world that it has closed down the last detention camp that was existing from the end of the civil war in 2009, at Manic Farm in Vavuniya.It is trying to give a picture that the detainees are re-settled successfully and the war victims are rehabilitated properly. But the real story of the re-settlement is just...

Taiwan: Chairperson of Council of Indigenous Peoples interrogated in parliament  

Members of Taiwan's parliament were highly suspicious about the proposed hundred million new Taiwanese dollars (approximately 26.4 thousand euros) observatory trip to Tibet in the 2013 annual budget report, presented by the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) at the end of September 2012.The Chairperson of CIP stated that the idea of the trip is to understand more deeply the issues about self-determination in Tibet....

Burma: Ongoing Impunity, Continued Army Atrocities against Kachin People 

While the Myanmar government is earning international admiration for its dramatic reforms towards democracy of its military government, ethnic Kachin people, who dwell in the northern part of the country, are facing severe human rights violations by government troops.Since communications have been cut due to intensified fighting between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the issue has remained mostly unknown by the...

Libya: Amazigh demand equality and respect 

The Amazigh people in north Africa in general, and in Libya specifically, have been suppressed for centuries.  However the worst suppression has been during these past five decades.Since Libya gained independence in 1951 the Amazigh were sidelined and deprived of all the rights of indigenous people. The worst was in Ghadafi's time between 1969-2011, when we were denied even to say that we were...

Burma: Army commander’s wife violates rights of ethnic minority soldiers’ wives 

Chin State is the poorest state in the country. All resources are limited and scarce for Chin people and infrastructure needs to be build up. Chin are one of the ethnic minorities in Burma. Chin state is very isolated geographically because of poor transportation and communication, and is a recycle bin of government/public service personnel. If a public service personnel offends in a service,...

Pakistan: Religious minorities must be rendered equal 

Hatred and repulsion towards minorities in Pakistan has almost become a routine matter. The curriculum in the educational institutions starts teaching the children from grade 4, that other than Muslims the rest of the communities belonging to minorities are either inferior to us or are our adversaries. Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis, Ahmedis and Christians constantly fear persecution in their own country due to the weak...

Cameroon: Participation of Minorities in 2013 Elections 

Watch a video report on the participation of minorities in the 2013 municipal and parliamentary elections.Workshop organised by Laimaru, MBOSCUDA, CAEPA & Pioneers and funded by MRG's Global Advocacy Programme.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWLugwLOoHs...

Philippines: Blaan family massacred, IP killings rise to 28 

The Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) condemns the massacre of a Blaan family in the Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) mine site in Tampakan, South Cotabato. Piya Macliing Malayao, KAMP spokesperson, described the killings as “barbaric, and their killers are the most brutal.” Elements of the 27th Infantry Battalion (IB) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines strafed the hut where...

Cameroun: La situation des minorités Montagnardes  

Lorsqu’on parcourt les documents officiels de l’Etat du Cameroun ainsi que les rapports des organismes (nationaux et internationaux) travaillant sur les questions de « minorités », il ressort clairement que les Montagnards, notamment ceux de la région de l’Extrême-Nord, font partie intégrante des composantes sociologique dites « populations autochtones » ou « minorités »La Loi fondamentale du 18 janvier 1996 reconnaît l’existence des minorités...

Pakistan: UN review - Urgent protection needed for minorities 

The Government of Pakistan has failed to honour the commitments it made at the UN review of its human rights record four years ago. International NGOs are urging states to recommend it to ensure full protection of minorities, including Dalits and other marginalised groups.Click on the link below to download the press release....

Pakistan: Geneva event - debate on UN review 

Click on the link below to download information on a 'chat show style' debate on Pakistan's Universal Periodic Review, to be held at the UN on 31 October 2012.Hosted by MRG and G Media Centre, moderated by UPR.info with participating panellists from MRG, Save the Children, the International Dalit Solidarity Network and Pakistan Press Foundation....

Malaysia: The road to Murum dam 

The government-built tarred road to Murum dam is pitted with large potholes: a casualty of overflowing, under-regulated logging trucks. This road begins from the junction leading to Bakun dam, off the old Bintulu-Miri highway in the Malaysian Borneo state of Sarawak. It then merges into a logging road at the turn-off where a large sign beckons with the words, Murum dam. The road...

Egypt: A Step Back for Minorities in New Draft Constitution? 

My definition of “minorities” is the legal terminology mentioned in international law which protects ethnic, religious and cultural-linguistic minorities. Political minorities, however, are another issue to be discussed. Although the January 25, 2012 Egyptian Revolution began for freedom, social justice, full equality and equal opportunities without discrimination among citizens, Mohamed Morsi’s presidential election victory in June 2012 has hijacked this sentiment, rendering it...

Egypt: Part II - Minorities in the constitution draft, a step back 

Part II of a series of articles reflecting on the drafting of Egypt's new constition, by Mamdouh NakhlaMinorities' fears are rightly aroused by code three of the latest draft of the constitution which states that, 'the principles of legislation of the Jews and the Christians is the main source that discipline their family affairs, their religious affairs, and the electing their spiritual leaders.'This code...

Iraq: Christian remembers brutal attack on Baghdad church 

On October 31 2010, the church of Our Lady of Salvation in Baghdad was attacked by gunmen, who proceeded to take worshippers celebrating a Syriac Catholic mass hostage.Security forces stormed the church in an attempt to free the hostages. 50 people were killed, with many more wounded, including Louis Climis, a member of MRG partner organisation, the Iraqi Minorities Council, and his son.To commemorate...

Kenya: Beading young Samburu girls into sexual bondage 

This video, which first appeared on NTV Kenya on Oct 21, 2012, was filmed in the dry, somewhat barren Rift Valley Province in Kenya, and tells the story of how the Samburu community – a semi-nomadic pastoralist group closely related to the Masaai - use an entrenched aspect of their culture to violate the sexual rights of girls as young as eight years...

Africa: New land grabs exposed. Asian palm oil companies run into trouble 

Indonesia’s largest palm oil company, Sinar Mas, ran into trouble recently when communities in Liberia complained about a 33,000 ha. operation being developed on their lands by its indirectly-owned subsidiary, Golden Veroleum, in Butaw District, Sinoe County.Alfred Brownell, the lawyer from Green Advocates representing the Kru tribes impacted by the project who is attending the 10th Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil being held in...

Pakistan: Campaign for religious minorities in Balochistan 

Center for Peace and Development (CPD) is one of the largest rights-based organizations in the province of Balochistan. Our core value is to promote peace and we use different tools to ensure peace in all walks of life, for us the provisions and sustainability of human rights is the foundation to ensure peace amongst all groups, irrespective of their color, cast, creed, race, culture,...


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