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Nepal: Indigenous and local communities call on World Bank to seek alternatives for construction of Khimti-Dhalkebar 220 KV Transmission Line 

Kathmandu, 15 March 2013 In a meeting with World Bank officials today, representatives of indigenous and local communities of Sindhuli district in central Nepal have urged the Bank to take actions for alternatives to the construction of Khimti-Dhalkebar 220 KV Transmission Line in the district under Nepal Power Development Project co-financed by the Bank. The representatives informed Bank officials that the project...

Egypt: Minorities show unity at crucial conference 

The Egyptian Alliance for Minorities held a conference on March 18th at the headquarters of the Al-Tagmoa Party, titled "Religious minorities are stuck between a rock and a hard place - the state and the extremists".The conference received extensive and unprecedented media coverage addressing the systematic persecution of religious minorities since the revolution of January 25th, 2011 and with a focus on...

Cameroon: Ethnic minorities petition Biya over marginalisation 

Yuh TimchiaYaoundé Three minority ethnic communities in Cameroon have petitioned President Paul Biya to ensure they are properly represented in state institutions. The Mbororo, Montagnard and the Pygmy communities, specifically, say they want representation in the country’s nascent senate, whose members will be voted early next month. Mr Sarli Sardou Nana, the founder and coordinator of Laimaru, a national network of organisations advocating...

Liberia: Land reforms must learn from and protect communities' customary land and resource rights, urge Grand Cape Mount communities in new report 

Instances of conflict between communities and large-scale agricultural concessions have recently brought the issues of land and human rights into focus in Liberia, and throughout Africa. Rural communities in Grand Cape Mount, north-western Liberia, have been at the sharp end of a dispute with Malaysian oil palm giant Sime Darby, that received national and international attention. Today, these communities will...

Namibia: 1000 Himba and Zemba protest again against dam and human rights violations 

By Rebecca Sommer EARTH PEOPLES- Namibia, March 26, 2013Yesterday, about a 1000 Himba and Zemba held a protest march in Opuwo to show the Government of Nambia (GoN) that they had enough. This was the third protest in a row, but by far the largest. The two Indigenous semi-nomadic tribes, from the semi-desert northern region of Namibia, began their well-organized...

Egypt: Copts of Wasta face unknown future 

For more than ten days the Christians in Wasta (in Beni Suef province) have been forced to close their shops,Recently, they were allowed to re-open their businesses, but for only one month due to end on April 25th, otherwise the Copts will receive severe punishment and will be forced to leave the city.The trouble started on 19 March when a Muslim girl's family...

Namibia: German GIZ directly engaged with dispossessing indigenous peoples of their lands and territories 

By Earth Peoples The history of the Germans invading, oppressing, enslaving, exploiting, and ruthlessly killing the people of Namibia is an extremely shameful one. It is important to understand Germany’s terrible past, to consider why especially German involvement through it’s GIZ branch in support of Namibia’s Land Reform efforts are highly inappropriate. To ensure monopoly rights to exploit mineral deposits...

Syria: Christians in the crossfire 

Nuri Kino, journalist and author, has met and interviewed close to a hundred Christian Syrian refugees. He gives voice to this otherwise silent minority in this article, first published in Sydsvenskan, a Swedish newspaper.In an apartment in Istanbul he gets an exclusive interview with young Christian Syrian men who all are waiting to be smuggled to Europe. Twenty-one men between 19 and 29...

UK/Mauritania/Global: Actress and writer Meera Syal supports Minority Rights Group BBC Radio 4 appeal 

Appeal broadcast dates and times: Sunday 21 April 2013 (07:55, 21:26) and Thursday 25 April 2013 (15:27)Tune in to BBC Radio 4 on FM 92.4-94.6 or LW 198 or listen at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4. Did you know that slavery still exists in the world today? Even in 2013 there are still places in the world where people are born and die as slaves. Where belonging to a...

Bosnia: Listen to an interview with Sheri Rosenburg on Minority Rights and the Principles of International Intervention 

In a podcast published by the Council of Europe, Sheri Rosenberg - international law expert at Cardozo Law School in New York – discusses her visit to Strasbourg to urge Council of Europe member states to support the implementation of the European Court of Human Rights' judgement in Finci and Sejdić v Bosnia and Herzegovina. In its ground-breaking judgment on 22 December 2009,...

Nepal: Indigenous Magars submit memorandum against preparations to declare buffer zone around Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve 

April 5, 2013 In a memorandum submitted on Monday 1 April, indigenous Magars have called on the Government of Nepal to immediately halt any preparation for declaring a buffer zone in Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve without consulting them or obtaining their consent as they are entitled to under international human rights standards. According to the memorandum, the State policies to operate the Hunting...

Zimbabwe: Matabeleland Youths Arrested for Demanding Fairness in Employment 

Police in Bulawayo (Matabeleland, Zimbabwe) this morning rounded up and arrested members of youth pressure group for holding a demonstration against the continued neglect of locals in employment opportunities. The members of the Mthwakazi Youth Leaders Joint Resolution were arrested along Belmont Road as they were demonstrating against a government parastatal that ‘bussed in and employed’ more than 20 youths from Mashonaland for...

MRG film to be screened at Barcelona exhibition 

Minority Rights Group’s documentary film Say My Name will be screened as part an exhibition Windows of the World at the CaixaForum in Barcelona during the next few months. The film was produced as part of MRG’s Street Theatre Project, which took place during the last three years (2010-2012). From 14th April to 19th May 2013 visitors can watch the part of the film...

Zimbabwe: Zanu PF targets San leaders 

(As reported in the Newsday of 16 April 2013)ZANU PF has been accused of intimidating members of the San community in Tsholotsho after they complained about marginalisation to National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration co-minister Moses Mzila Ndlovu last year.The Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) in Matabeleland North reportedly dispatched a team to investigate the allegations and found them to be true.“Investigations established that...

Tanzania: Maasai Women Taking Bold Stance to Protect Land Rights 

More than 2,000 Maasai women are taking a bold political stand in a move aimed at protecting community land rights. From the 27th of March until the 7th of April, women gathered in Magaiduru village, one of the nine villages in Loliondo Division that has recently been declared by the government as a wildlife corridor, essentially prohibiting any future use of the lands...

Proyección del documental “Say My Name” en Barcelona 

El documental “Say My Name” del proyecto de teatro de calle que Minority Rights Group International ha llevado a cabo durante los últimos tres años (2010-2012) será proyectado en el espacio “Ventanas al Mundo” del CaixaForum de Barcelona durante los próximos meses. En concreto, del 14 de Abril al 19 de Mayo de 2013 se podrá ver el fragmento sobre los grupos minoritarios en...

Nepal: Supreme Court directs Government to address issues of free participation of indigenous peoples in constitution-making process 

22 April 2013, Kathmandu In response to a writ petition filed by indigenous peoples’ organizations, Supreme Court of Nepal on Sunday has issued a directive order to the Government to study the demands of the organizations regarding participation of indigenous peoples in constitution making process through their freely chosen representatives and address the demands in drafting new constitution, laws and rules. In...

Full length documentary from MRG and Hollman Morris: Suárez Gold - Afro-Colombian miners defending their heritage 

Afro-Colombians have been carrying out small-scale mining in Colombia’s Cauca region since their ancestors settled there in 1637. Today their descendants continue to chip away at the red earth in search of gold, seeing it not only as a means for earning a modest living, but also as an activity deeply linked to their culture.Between 2002 and 2010, Colombia’s...

Peru: ¡Aquí estamos! Niñas, niños y adolescentes afroperuanos 

En el marco de la Convención sobre los Derechos del Niño que establece la obligación que tienen los Estados de promover que todas las niñas y los niños ejerzan sus derechos en igualdad de condiciones, se planteó la elaboración del estudio “¡Aquí estamos! Niñas, niños y adolescentes afroperuanos”.Este estudio ofrece un primer acercamiento al ejercicio de los derechos de las niñas, los niños y...

Egypt: National Security Department’s actions heighten tension between religious groups 

This past week, Egypt has witnessed a number of important events regarding relations between Egyptian Copts and Salafists that have not been widely broadcasted in the media.On the evening of Thursday 2nd May, several hundred Salafi demonstrators protested outside the headquarters of the National Security Department to denounce what is seen to be an increase in prosecutions against practising Salafis. The protestors claimed that...


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