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Zimbabwe: San elders make anti-discrimination case before minister, receive children's learning materials in symbolic act 

On Sunday 4 November 2012, the Co-Minister in charge of National Healing and Reconciliation, the Honorable Moses Mzila Ndlovu, met about 180 San elders in Tsholotsho, Gariya Community Centre in Tsholotsho Ward 10.The one-on-one meeting, itself a rarity with a senior government official, discussed key issues affecting the San, inluding; The San discrimination,  Lack of access to clean water, education and health services,  Discriminatory...

Belize: EIA 'consultation' neither free nor fair 

The sole public consultation to discuss the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for US Capital Energy´s proposal to drill in Belize's Sarstoon-­TemashNational Park did not allow for a full and proper venting of community concerns, nor did it facilitate responses to critical questions impacting the indigenouscommunities.Click on the link below to download a press release from SATIIM, MLA, TAA and communities of the Sarstoon Temash...

Europe: Video - 20 years of the Office of the High Commissioner for Minorities 

MRG staff attended a conference organised by the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany, in July 2012, to celebrate 20 years of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Office of the High Commissioner for National Minorities (HCNM).The conference aimed to discuss the future challenges of minority rights protection in Europe, and enhance knowledge and understanding of the HCNM’s functions and...

Mauritanie: La blessure de l'esclavage 

Le film d'Ousmane Diagana du 2011, intitulé Les Blessures de l'esclavage, raconte l'histoire de l'esclavage parmi les gens Soninké en Mauritanie.En 2002, Ousmane Diagana part en vacances dans le village natal de sa mère, où il tombe amoureux d'une fille. Leur amour est impossible, car elle est l'enfant des esclaves de ses grands-parents. Il est d'une famille noble et maraboutique au sommet de la...

Africa: Civil society representatives across Africa root for pro-poor land policies 

95 participants from over 22 countries in Africa, representing indigenous and non-indigenous populations, urged governments to implement people-centred land policies as the only sure way to protect poor and vulnerable communities including minority and indigenous peoples. This was during a Land Reform meeting in Cameroon hosted by MBOSCUDA, November 7-8, 2012, under the theme ‘Securing the land rights of indigenous people and rural...

Libya: Tafsweet Amazigh cultural festival in Jadoo 

The Tafsweet cultural festival took place between the 7th and 9th of November in Jadoo, an Amazigh town located at Nafusa mountain, about 200 kilometers south west of Tripoli. The festival was attended by diplomats from American, British and Italian embassies.The festival celebrated Amazigh culture, with lectures, live music, and an Amazigh play. There were also displays of cultural objects, from kitchen equipment and textiles...

Kenya: minority and indigenous women face multiple discrimination 

Minority and indigenous women in Kenya are discriminated against on multiple levels; they are targeted because of their identification with a minority or indigenous group, and as women – both by cultural practices within their own community and because of gender discrimination more widely.Minority Rights Group's report Challenges at the intersection of gender and ethnic identity in Kenya, examines the challenges and the new opportunities that have emerged with the passing...

Le invitamos a la presentación de una película sobre discriminación en África y el Caribe 

INVITACION Le invitamos a la presentación de la película sobre discriminación en África y el Caribe, seguida de una ronda de preguntas con representantes de la comunidad domínico-haitiana y la productora de la película. Filmada en cuatro países, ‘Di Mi Nombre’ cuenta la historia de personas que estan al margen de la sociedad y que afrontan cada día varias manifestaciones de discriminación. A Valentina,...

Zimbabwe: San people forced to abandon their homes in search of water  

About one thousand members of the San community in Tsholotsho, Zimbabwe, may be forced to abandon their homesteads in the next 5 days and settle in the bush in a quest to access water for both human and animal use. The Chairperson of the San Community in Tsholotsho, Mr Christopher Dube, has revealed that shortage of water has reached its peak levels in...

Somalia: testimonies of violence from minority women 

This is part of a special series of stories to mark the 16 days of activism against gender violence campaign. 'There is not a single woman here safe from rape. At night, armed gunmen come to the internally displaced people (IDP) camp and forcibly drive women and girls out of their shelters and rape them outside the camp. Rape cases occur twice a week.' Minority...

Moldova: Using the UN Declaration on Minorities to combat intolerance 

The Moldovan government has taken steps to protect the rights of minorities by incorporating provisions of the UN Declaration on Minorities into national legislation, as well as provisions in the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.But despite legal reforms, there is a serious need to address ingrained discrimination and intolerance in the country, according Tatiana Kleiman, executive director of the...

Bangladesh: Dalits demand adequate housing 

Citizen’s Initiative (Nagorik Uddyog) is an non-governmenal organization based in Dhaka that works to promote the rights of marginalized Dalit communities in Bangaldesh. ‘Still now a large section of population in Bangladesh who are known as Dalits are discriminated in all spheres of social life,’ according to Md. Abdul Basar, a project coordinator at Citizen’s Initiative, ‘even though the Constitution has declared equal rights...

Zimbabwe: Helping minority youth find a political voice 

The Zimbabwe Organization for Youth in Politics (ZOYP) has been using the UN Declaration on Minorities to lobby policymakers to ensure that Ndebele, and other marginalized ethnic groups such as Kalanga and Tonga, can participate effectively in the country’s political system. ZOYP is a grassroots non-governmental organization based in the small mining town of Kwekwe, an area dominated by Ndebele, Zimbabwe’s largest minority. ZOYP provides leadership training for youth, including youth from minority communities, to help them...

India: Community groups campaign for religious freedom 

In 2008, communal violence broke out in Kandhamal district of India’s Odisha state, when Christian minorities were attacked by extremists from the majority Hindu community.A local NGO, the Centre for the Sustainable use of Social and Natural Resources (CSNR) was formed in response, to protect the rights of religious minorities. ‘We are advocates for victims of communal violence in Kandhamal’, Dhirendra Panda, the founder of CSNR, explained: ‘For those who are Dalits and Adivasis practising Christianity – for...

India: Kuki blockade Manipur highways in last ditch attempt to force government to dialogue 

Dr Manmohan SinghPrime Minister Govt of India12/11/2012 Subject: Political dialogue with the Kukis, represented by KSDC and Kuki Militant OrganisationsHon'ble Prime Minister,Prior to the advent of the Biritsh colonialists, the Kukis were an independent people, ruled by their noble Chieftains. The Meitei people of present-day Manipur and the Kukis co-existed in peace, politically independent of each other. From time to time, the...

Egypt: Copts "exposed to daily assaults" says Chairman of rights group 

At the fifth session of the UN Forum on Minority Isuues in Geneva, Mamdouh Nakhla gave the following intervention about the status of the Copts in Egypt: "Thank you Mr. President for giving me the word. My name is Mamdouh Nakhla, I am the chairman of the al-Kalema, ”Word”, Organization for Human Rights, I am one of the Coptic minority. The Coptic community is the...

Kyrgyzstan: Sexual and gender-based violence 

The Uzbek and Kyrgyz communities in southern Kyrgyzstan are both predominantly Sunni Muslim and traditionally are more conservative than people living in other areas of Kyrgyzstan. As a result, both communities collectively react to sexual and gender-based violence with particular anger, while victims of such attacks often feel intense shame and may experience stigma from within their own communities. In this context, during the...

Rwanda: Afisa's story - looking forward to a bright future 

Afisa Gasengayire is a member of the Twa community (known within Rwanda as Historically Marginalised People). Here she tells the story of how her life has been dramatically changed through taking part in MRG's Street Theatre Programme. "I was born in Nyamabuye sector of Muhanga district/ Southern province of Rwanda. I am the mother of two children, a boy and a girl. I...

Bangladesh: Religious minorities (Hindu, Christian, Buddhist) must be counted in census if elections are to be fair 

SHAREE is a non-Government organization established in the year 1992 by a group of women. It is managed by women and committed to promote and protect the rights of Religious Minorities & marginalized Dalit communities in Bangladesh.Religious minority people have been declining in Bangladesh over the course of time. But there is another issue of debate - undercounting minorities in the population census.According to...

Bangladesh: 95 percent Dalit cleaners lived in poverty 

Around ninety-five percent of leaners of Natore district lived in a dirty state at the sweepers’ colony due to very low salary of their works.They could not support their family members as well as could not gear up their fate. Even if, they did not send their children to the educational institutions for own interest.There are around 2000 Sweeper members out of around 600...


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