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Turkey: Refugee camp for Syrian Christians in Turkey sparks controversy  

Nowhere in the Islamic world has a refugee camp for the Christians of one country been built across the border in a neighbouring country. Now Turkey is building a camp that will hold between 3 and 30 times the number of Syrian Christians currently taking refuge in the country.The question now is why? Why is Turkey creating a small city to handle a flood...

South Sudan: Civil society organisations call for urgent intervention as humanitarian crisis looms in Boma 

A humanitarian crisis looms in South Sudan as Yauyau militias, under the command of David Yauyau, continue to fight the SPLA government forces in Boma and Pibor towns, Jonglei. Civilians, mostly women and children, have been caught in the crossfire and reports from Minority Rights Group International (MRG) partners on the ground show looting of household items as well as cows and sorghum....

Nigeria: Amnesty to Boko-Haram, a misnomer 

Nigeria appears to be in a quandary with the daunting security challenges in the country.Jonathan declares “I can’t grant amnesty to ghosts [faceless people] but I’m open to negotiation if members of Boko-Haram would show themselves physically with their demands”.Outwardly, he disparages that Boko-Haram has infiltrated his government. Nevertheless, Mr President endorses zealots (some indicted) as his advisers, security and police chiefs....

Somalia, Kenya, USA: In Nairobi Neighborhood, Somali Refugees Dream of a New Life in Seattle 

Check out this compelling blogpost from a Somali diaspora member. Originally posted on the website of MRG partner organisation IIDA (Women Development Organization). MRG and IIDA are working in Somalia with minority communities to contribute to improved gender equality, reduce violence against women and increase their access to justice.A few months ago, I was riding in a cab from Seattle’s First Avenue to...

Iran: Repression of Azerbaijani-Turkish community intensifies as presidential election approaches  

As the June presidential election approaches, Iranian authorities intensify repression against Azerbaijani-Turkish civil rights and political activists, subjecting them to long-term arbitrary detentions and heavy prison sentences.In May 2013, a revolutionary court in Iran’s East Azerbaijan Province charged five members of an organization named New Southern Azerbaijan National Awakening Movement with “establishing an illegal organization to undermine the state's national security” and “engaging in...

MRG Podcast: May 2013 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s podcast. We’ve been away for a while, but now we’re back, bringing you new stories from the communities we work with around the world.This month, we hear why UK actress and comedian Meera Syal supports our work, talk to a Yezidi Kurd from Georgia, and listen to mesmerising sounds from Mali inspired by traditional hunting songs....

From Cardiff to Los Angeles through a documentary 

(IN)VISIBLE CITIES - Social and urban inclusion of African migrants An internationally produced multimedia project by Beatrice Ngalula Kabutakapua and Gianpaolo Bucci Residents of Butetown, Cardiff have appeared in a screening in Los Angeles as part of an internationally produced documentary exploring the lives and tales of migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa. Focused on the Somali and Sudanese community living towards the Bay, the first...

Botswana: Bushmen face imminent eviction for ‘wildlife corridor’  

Survival International has received disturbing reports about an imminent eviction of several hundred Bushmen in southern Botswana to make way for a ‘wildlife corridor’.The Bushman community at Ranyane has allegedly been told by the local government that trucks will arrive on Monday to remove them from land they have inhabited for generations.Their houses will be destroyed. The Bushmen’s land is in a proposed...

Democratic Republic of Congo: Forest Peoples Programme launches pioneering book on indigenous peoples free, prior and informed consent 

As part of its project: "REDD financing, Human Rights and Economic Development for Sustainable Poverty Reduction of forest communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)", Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), and it’s local partners in the DRC have published, in collaboration with the Organisation d’Accompagnement et d’Appui aux Pygmées (OSAPY), the first volume of a new book series titled Forêts Africaines - Tabernacle des...

Egypt: International Religious Freedom Report welcomed 

The Alkalema Center for Human Rights has welcomed the US State Department’s International Religious Freedoms report, which documents further decline in religious freedoms in Egypt, following the December 22nd 2012 ratification of the new Egyptian constitution. While theoretically the constitution enshrines the right to religious freedom, these provisions are undermined by Egyptian laws, constitutional texts and the policies and practices of the Egyptian government.Although...

Tanzania: Government unrelenting on parceling out Maasai land in Loliondo 

The government of Tanzania, through the Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Hon Ramadhan Mwinyi, during the Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues in New York, delivered a firm stand on their action to parcel out huge chunks of pastoral land for wildlife conservancy. "The government took this decision with the understanding that environment conservation is as important for eco-system protection as it...

India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal: Call for UN focus on Dalit women - MRG co-host event 

IDSN has urged UN member states to recognise Dalit women as a particularly vulnerable group in the upcoming annual resolution in the Human Rights Council on violence against women.Dalit women are frequently subjected to multiple forms of discrimination and violence due to their caste as well as their gender. This issue will be discussed at a side event at the UN Human Rights Council...

USA: American-Muslims dispel the stereotypes of Muslim women who cover - new photo exhibit 'iCover' 

The International Museum of Women (IMOW) is an  online museum that showcases art, stories and ideas to celebrate and advance the lives of women around the world. IMOW's exhibit Muslima: Muslim Women's Art & Voices presents inspiring art and innovative ideas from Muslim women worldwide who are leading the movement for a more just, equitable, and inclusive world.This exclusive selection of portraits from iCover,...

Nepal: Muslim leader killed, community calls it a political murder 

Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - Sadrul Miya Haq, a 55-year-old Muslim religious leader, was killed today in Saptari District, eastern Terai."Another public figure from the Muslim community was murdered amid government indifference," said Mohammad Naiimuddi, vice president of the Muslim Association of Nepal. "We think it was political motivated." The victim had his throat cut some 200 metres from a police station. Law enforcement...

Nepal: Muslim leaders form alliance to press demands 

KATHMANDU, April 17: In a bid to exert pressure to ensure constitutional guarantee for Muslim rights and identity, Muslim organisations and the Muslim wings of various political parties have formed a broad alliance named National Muslim Struggle Alliance (NMSA). The alliance formed on Monday comprises a total of 31 organizations including Rastriya Muslim Mukti Morcha of UCPN (Maoist), Nepal Muslim Sangha of Nepali...

Iraq/Kuwait: Kuwaiti family faces discrimination  

I'm an Iraqi, belonging to the Naphtali tribe, but was born in Kuwait and have lived here since 1956. I have no human rights at all and have had no right to travel out of the country since 1990.I am a 32 year old woman who has no right to marry and have her own family. My brother was killed by the Kuwait government...

Mauritania: MRG visits Haratine community as part of campaign to end slavery 

Vernonique Dion, MRG's Mauritania Programme Coordinator (pictured left in the photograph), and Shobha Das, our Head of Programmes, visited Mauritania in September 2012 to meet with members of the Haratine community.MRG’s work in Mauritania, with SOS-Esclaves and Association des Femmes Chef de Famille, hopes to establish new organisations representing Haratine women, and strengthen their capacity to better advocate for their rights.Haratine in Mauritania are...

Mauritania: Video - Haratine women of 'slave caste' perform traditional song 

The bemdjé is a traditional musical/dancing practice amongst Haratine women of slave descent in Mauritania. This video of a bemdjé was filmed by MRG staff members on a visit in September 2012, as part of our ongoing work in the country.The singer, who is accompanied by a chorus of drummers, sings about relations between women and men, social relationships, and issues that affect their...

República Dominicana: Estado admite su desacato de la Sentencia de la Corte IDH en Yean y Bosico 

República Dominicana admite su desacato de la Sentencia de la Corte IDH en Yean y BosicoEn audiencia de cumplimiento, MUDHA y CEJIL denuncian retrocesos e instan al Estado a cumplir con la SentenciaSan José, Costa Rica, 29 de mayo de 2013.- En la audiencia de supervisión de cumplimiento celebrada ante la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos el día de ayer sobre el Caso de...

Cameroon: The trial of Musa Usman Ndamba - further evidence of discrimination against the indigenous Mbororo community 

On May 10, 2013, Musa Usman Ndamba was put on trial before the Court of First Instance in Bamenda, Cameroon. He was put on trial for the crimes of defamation committed by one Musa Adamu against a powerful billionaire rancher and landowner in the N.W Region of Cameroon (Alhadji Baba Ahmadou Danpullo). Now, Musa Usman Ndamba is not or has never ever been Musa...


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