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India: Kuki State Demand Committee launch "Quit Kuki Land" Movement 

THE TIMES OF INDIA TNN | Jan 22, 2013, 06.35 AM IST CHURACHANDPUR: The agitating Kuki State Demand Committee (KSDC) has announced the launch of its 'Quit Kuki Land' movement, incorporating a series of stirs including an indefinite roadblock in 'Kuki areas' of Manipur from Thursday evening. "If the government continues to ignore our longstanding legitimate demand for creation of a separate...

Nepal: Will Supreme Court decide to provide for participation of indigenous peoples in constitution making process through their freely chosen representatives? 

Nepal’s Supreme Court (SC) has scheduled to give its decision on a case filed by indigenous peoples organizations regarding exclusion of indigenous peoples’ freely chosen representatives from the constitution making process on 3 February 2013. In 2009, immediately after the election of Constituent Assembly (CA), different indigenous peoples’ organizations had filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court alleging their exclusion of indigenous...

Georgia: Armenian political prisoners Vahagn Chakhalyan released from prison 

Diocese of Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church in Georgia Press release / 24 January 2013 On January 24, 2012 Armenian political prisoner from Samtskhe-Javakheti Vahagn Chakhalyan has been released from prison.After the change of power in the country and in accordance with the Law on Amnesty adopted in December 2012 by the Parliament of the Republic of Georgia, renowned Armenian activist, valiant...

Egypt: Group denounces forced abduction and conversion of Coptic girls 

Watch a video and click on the links below to download a 2011 report of the Association of Victims of Abductions and Enforced Disappearances claiming Egyptian state employees may be involved in the forced abduction and conversion of minor Christian girls, and the testimony of a 17 year-old girl from Alexandria who recounts her experience of abduction at the hands of a gang....

Kenya: Songs, drama, artifact exhibition colour Ogiek community cultural day  

The Ogiek community in Kenya marked their cultural day, which has become an annual fixture, in celebratory pomp with 14 cultural groups performing songs, drama and exhibiting rare traditional artifacts. The day, held towards the end of December at Nessuit Primary School in Nakuru County, saw Kipkurere youth group emerge the best, with Soget Ogiek Dancers and Kaplelach Women Group, the runners up....

Guyana: Court ruling violates indigenous peoples' rights 

 Forest Peoples Programme/Rainforest Foundation USControversial Court decision favours miners over indigenous peoples as country sinks to new low on double standards on human rights and development On 17 January 2013, the Guyanese High Court ruled in favour of a miner who has a mining concession on titled indigenous lands. The ruling states that miners who obtained mining permits prior to the Amerindian...

Pakistan: Arooj Khalid addresses the UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva 

As part of Minority Rights Group International's Global Advoacacy Program, a number of minority rights activists from around the world came to Geneva to the UN Forum on Minority Issues, which held its 5th Session in November 2012. The theme of the forum was the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, which was adopted...

Philippines: Military actions will sustain pangayaw in SMI-Xstrata mine site 

Another tribal leader was slain in the tumultous SMI-Xstrata mine site in the borders of South Cotabato and Davao del Sur last January 29, 2013. Kitari Capion, the brother of Daguel Capion, was allegedly fired upon by members of the Task Force Kitacom, a composite of Cafgu and 39th Infantry Batallion. An alliance of indigenonus peoples warn that this killing will protract the tribal...

India: Scavengers’ march sends message of hope 

After travelling thousands of kilometres through 18 Indian states, the Maila Mukti Yatra – a march to eradicate manual scavenging – concluded today with an event in New Delhi. The attendance by high level officials from the Government of India as well as the United Nations is a measure of the Yatra’s success.Copenhagen (IDSN), 31 January 2013 – Thousands of former and present manual...

Syria: Between The Barbed Wire 

The war in Syria is growing increasingly worse every day, and it is affecting every Syrian citizen, regardless of ethnicity or religion. But just like in every war, the situation for minorites is even more horrifying. The Christian minority in Syria has no militia and is targeted by everyone. Christian Assyrians/Syriacs and others have become the number one targets for criminals and terrorists.Nuri Kino,...

Ethiopia/UK: Oromo rally in London 

Oromo people living in UK staged a rally against human rights violations by the government of Ethiopia. The demonstration was organised jointly by the Oromo Community in UK, the Oromo Relief Association, the Oromo Support Group and the Oromo Youth Association. “Shame on you UK tax payers; you’re paying killers in Ethiopia; Shame on you UK government; you’re supporting the tyrant of Ethiopia!”   January...

Nepal: Indigenous governing institutions form rights alliance  

Leaders and representatives of indigenous governing institutions of six indigenous groups of Nepal have initiated an informal alliance to make collective efforts for the rights of indigenous peoples. The alliance, named 'Nepal's Indigenous Governing Institutions Coordination Assembly', includes representatives from traditional institutions (given in parenthesis) of Majhi (Majhe Saba), Thakali (Mukhiya), Dhimal (Majhi Warang), Tharu (Badhgar/Bhalmansha), Santhal (Majhihi Hadam) and Newar (Guthi)...

Nepal: Supreme Court decision on indigenous participation in constitution making process deferred again for 4 March 

Nepal’s Supreme Court has again deferred its final decision on a case filed by indigenous peoples organizations regarding participation of indigenous peoples’ freely chosen representatives in the constitution making process, scheduled for 22 February to 4 March. This is the third time that the decision has repeatedly been postponed since 3 February,citing busy schedule. In 2009, immediately after the election of Constituent...

Kenya: In politics there are no permanent enemies, only permanent promises 

Kenyans head to the polls on March 4th 2013. This has been billed as a defining moment for a country whose momentous economic growth was disrupted with the 2007 post-election violence. During this period Kenya grounded to a halt. The new Constitution promises to give East Africa’s economic giant a new kiss of life. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer, Mohamed Matovu, takes a look...

Kenya: Street theatre group release film promoting peace ahead of elections 

Kenyan orghanisation Sponsored Arts For Education (SAFE) have produced a film of their recent street theatre production Ni Si Si (It Is Us), which promotes peace and unity. The film will be aired on TV and released in cinemas in Kenya in the run up to presidential elections on March 4th. Watch the trailer below.MRG's Street Theatre Programme supported SAFE in developing and touring Ni Si...

Egypt: Landmark verdict, judiciary repeals Presidential decree on demolition and renovation of churches 

The Court of Administrative Justice, presided by Judge Abdul Majid AlMokten, vice president of State Council, has ruled to cancel Presidential Decree No. 291 of 2005, which delegated district governors the responsibility to license Christian sects to modify or demolish a church and replace it at the same location.Since the President, according to the previous constitution, does not have authority to delegate...

India: Dalit women face violence and barriers to justice 

Three reports by MRG’s partner organizations in India paint a disturbing picture of violence against Dalit women and their access to justice.Research by the Navsarjan Trust shows that just 0.7 per cent of gender-based violence cases involving Dalit women result in a conviction, and around half of cases have stalled in the legal system. EVIDENCE, an organization that has been involved in more than...

Sri Lanka: Improve protection for women migrant workers 

Today, on International Women’s Day 2013, Migrant Forum Lanka (MFL), a collective of local Sri Lankan civil society organizations, trade unions, researchers, lawyers and activists, takes the opportunity to underscore the importance of Sri Lankan women migrant workers and promote the protection of their human rights before, during and beyond the migration process. This year’s global theme of, “A promise is a...

Nepal: Indigenous Tharus in the east mark their win over Regional Waste Management Project 

Biratnagar, 11 March 2013 After Finland’s Government formally withdrew its support to Regional Waste Management Project for eastern Nepal citing dissent from ‘locals’ last month, indigenous Tharus of Dangraha village in Morang district on Monday marked their victory over their lands acquired for construction of landfill site in the village under the project. Under joint financing of Governments of Finland and Nepal,...

Nepal: Supreme Court decision on participation of indigenous peoples in constitution making process deferred again for 4 April 

Kathmandu, 5 March 2013 Nepal’s Supreme Court has again deferred its final decision on a case filed by indigenous peoples organizations regarding participation of indigenous peoples’ freely chosen representatives in constitution making process scheduled 4 April. This is the fourth time that the decision has repeatedly been postponed since 3 February citing busy schedule. In 2009, immediately after the election of...


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