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Norway: Global indigenous preparatory conference underway in Alta 

Indigenous Peoples of the world are meeting in Alta, Norway to prepare for the 2014 High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. The conference that began on the 10th of June 2013 and is ending on the 13th of June 2013, is attended by about 800 indigenous peoples delegates from Africa, Arctic,...

Morocco: The Threshold of the Desert 

Watch a trailer of the documentary The threshold of the desert  (www.the-threshold-of-the-desert.org).  AZIZ NAJAT is part of the very limited 15% of women who are economically active population in rural areas of Morocco. She has crossed the threshold of her house, has gone out to work to generate resources and streamline her environment. Her daily struggle for autonomy is an act of self-empowerment within...

Egypt: Controversial laws regulating NGOs result in fines and imprisonment  

The Al-Kalema Center for Human Rights has expressed its shock regarding the recently issued judgment from Cairo Criminal Court, that has found a number of charitable organisations in breach of Egypt’s controversial NGO bill.The bill places strict restrictions upon the funding of NGOs working within Egypt and this case represents a clear sign that the courts are complying with the crackdown. The ruling laid...

Iraq: MRG's Head of Conflict Prevention speaks on situation of ethnic minorities and religious groups at the European Parliament  

MRG's Head of Conflict Prevention, Chris Chapman, will be addressing a hearing on 20 June hosted by the Delegation for Relations with Iraq, dedicated to the topic of ethnic minorities and religious groups in Iraq.The hearing will be held in the European Parliament where Mr Chapman will be joined by highly esteemed representatives of the Intergroup for Minorities of the Iraqi Council of Representatives;...

Kenya: Speaking of Home - The Story of the Mount Elgon Ogiek  

SHALIN Finland proudly presents 'Speaking of Home - The Story of the Mount Elgon Ogiek'The Ogiek people live on the slopes of Mount Elgon in Kenya. This documentary shows the Ogiek's relationship to their homeland and to the world.An indigenous people without official minority status in Kenya, the Ogiek have gone through evictions from their native land for decades.Time after another they have returned...

Pakistan: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan releases State of Human Rights in 2012 Report 

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan - State of Human Rights in 2012 The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has released its State of Human Rights 2012 report, documenting  human rights abuses in a period of heightened political activity in the run up to the May 2013 elections The report is scathing of the level of rights violations in the country, and classifies 2012 as ‘another...

Yemen: Al-Akhdam face brutal oppression 

Members of Yemen’s Al-Akhdam minority cannot own land. They are subjected to violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation. They are often extremely poor and are forced to carry out the most menial and dirty jobs. They have almost no access to education. Their children are at constant risk of sexual, physical and psychological abuse by dominant members of society. They are generally despised, considered subhuman...

Peoples under Threat 2013 photo story: Risk of mass killing reaches critical level in Africa and the Middle East 

Each year, Minority Rights Group’s annual Peoples under Threat survey lists countries where communities are most at threat of genocide or mass killing.The latest survey, launched in July 2013, shows that sectarian killing between Sunni and Shi’a has risen dramatically and presents an urgent threat to life across much of the Middle East and into Asia.According to authoritative indicators factored into the Peoples under...

Peoples under Threat 2013: podcast on religious minorities in Pakistan 

Minority Rights Group launches its 2013 Peoples under Threat global rankings table on 10 July. The survey, which lists countries where communities are most at risk of genocide or mass killing, concludes that sectarian killing between Sunni and Shi’a has risen dramatically over the last year, and presents an urgent threat to life across much of the Middle East and into Asia.According to the...

Pakistan: Religious Minority Rights; challenges for a new Government in Islamabad 

By Zimran Samuel, Barrister, Bar Human Rights Committee of England and WalesPakistan’s recent elections could prove to be a pivotal moment in the development of democracy and the rule of law in the country. It was the first democratic transition of power in the country’s history. The treatment of minorities and religious freedom generally will present an important challenge for Pakistan’s newly elected Nawaz Sharif.Indeed...

Belize: Maya People Return to Supreme Court for Protection 

Press Release Punta Gorda, Toledo District, The Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcaldes Association are once again turning to the courts to hold the government of Belize to its responsibilities and to find the government in contempt of orders issued by the Supreme Court in the Maya Land Rights cases of 2007 and 2010.In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that the Maya villages...

Kenya: MRG's Head of Law visits Endorois community in the Rift Valley 

Lucy Claridge, Head of Law at MRG (pictured here visiting a community honey cooperative), travelled to Kenya in June 2013 to meet with the Endorois community at Lake Bogoria in Rift Valley province.Click on the photos below to see a gallery showing Lucy's visit to the cultural centre where she was able to view a new 3D map identifying and displaying Endorois traditional land.   ...

Bangladesh: Temples and residences of Hindu minority attacked in Rajganj of Begumganj 

On February 28, 2013 the International Crimes Tribunal sentenced Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, Delwar Hossain Sayeedi with death penalty for crimes committed against humanity during the liberation war of 1971. In protest against the judgment, Jamaat-eIslami called for hartal all over the country, which claimed five lives in brutal clashes between the police and the activists in Begumganj Upazila of Noakhali district’s Dotter...

Syria: Call for the European Union and the international community to protect minorities and the democratic movement 

The Syrian revolution that began as peaceful protests against a dictatorship in March 2011, has changed into a proxy civil war. While Russia, Iran, the Iraqi regime, and Hezbollah are supporting the Assad regime, other forces like the Arabian countries in the Persian Gulf, Turkey, and other Sunni countries, are supporting the armed rebels. This way there is no role left for the peaceful...

Botswana: Government plans to cut off social services to induce indigenous Basarwa out of Ranyane Settlement, leaked confidential report 

According to Mr. Keikabile Mogodu, the Executive Director of Botswana Khwedom Council, an indigenous organization advocating for the political and cultural rights of the San people of Botswana, the government of Botwana has, since 2002, refused to recognize the Basarwa community area as a village. Instead, the government is going ahead with plans to relocate them from their ancestral lands. This year, the...

Iraq: We remember the martyrs of Simele massacre in August 1933 

Today we remember one of the darkest moments in the history of humanity. At this day, hundreds of innocent Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian (CSA) civilian people had been killed and massacred under the rule of newly established Kingdom of Iraq. The Simele Massacre took place in August 1933 in Iraq against Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people. Following the Iraqi independence and establishment of the whole political, social and economic...

Chile: Easter Islands, silent genocide 

Easter Island, one of the most magnificent tourist spots in the Pacific Ocean, is mainly known for its moais (Polynesian stone sculptures). If you stay there for a week you’ll enjoy it for sure: archeological sightseeing tours, pink sand beaches, exciting dances.But if you get the chance to know the Rapa Nui people, the originary inhabitants, you’ll find out that there is a well-hidden...

Kenya: Fishermen abducted by Ethiopian militia  

The most recent conflict incident between the Turkana and the Dassenetch of Kenya in Ileret was on 30th July, 2013 when the Dassenetch identified one of his stolen nets in the Turkana boat. A heated quarrel ensued leading to the capture of the Turkana before the intervention was done by the Ileret security personnel and the people from Turkana.However, this as a grudge seemed...

Pakistan: The Christian Sweeper Community, Pakistan's Untouchables 

A couple of weeks ago, a senior politician made a statement on television saying "only non-Muslims will be recruited for sanitary jobs", drawing more attention to the kind of neglect this community is facing. This short documentary looks at the socioeconomic barriers faced by the Christian sweepers piled with racial discrimination. It will look at in depth how sweepers are being exploited by...

Pakistan: Representation of Religious Minorities in Print media 

Click on the attached document to read a study that examines the “Representation of Religious Minorities in Pakistani Print Media 2009 to 2011”.This study was carried out using news, editorials and pictures published in Dawn, The Nation and The News, and concludes that Pakistani print media give positive coverage to minority issues.Photo: Qandeela Ambreen...


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