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Fiji: Disputes over Chiefly status in the Ai iTaukei community 

The Fiji Islands and Rotuma’s Chiefly system does not follow nor adopt the British Monarchy system of the Kingdom (Chiefly) Title successor appointments.Ai iTaukei Communities in the Fiji Islands and Rotuma had and are becoming very educated and knowledgeable about the various principles of Leaderships from all over the world, that sometimes support or contradict the very nature and fibre of the Ai iTaukei...

Egypt: Copts face discrimination & violence in aftermath of coup 

Copts are Egyptian Christians descended from ancient Egyptians who have lived in the Nile Valley for more than 3000 years and were originally called Bajiptos, which was then deviated to Gypt or Copt.Until the Arabs came into Egypt in the middle of the seventh century AD, Copts were speaking the Coptic language, which is derived from Alheirogrovih, the ancient Egyptian language. But the Arab...

Chile: Watch a new trailer for a film on Easter Island's indigenous people 

On Easter Island a silent genocide of the Rapa Nui people has been occurring. One of the surviving tribes, the Hito Clan, occupies a 5 star hotel built upon the ancestral land illegally expropriated from them, confronting police violence, criminalization and the courts. visit: www.nuarapanui.com support at: http://cort.as/4zxq Facebook: http://goo.gl/HAIjsK...

Belize: The "bitter sweet" ruling of the Court of Appeal 

On Thursday, 25th of July 2013, The Court of Appeal in Belize met and gave its final judgement on the appeal of the 2010 Supreme Court case on Maya land rights in Belize.In a Landmark decision handed down by the Supreme Court of Belize on June 28th, 2010, Chief Justice Dr. Abdulai Conteh reaffirmed the customary land rights of 38 Maya communities in southern...

Egypt: Christian churches under attack in Minya 

A report, prepared by a team from the Organisation of Justice and Development for Human Rights, has revealed attacks against an Evangelical church and a Catholic church in Malawi district, Minya province, Egypt.Apart from the attacks on the churches, Coptic shops were burned as well as the Malawi court, the museum and the city council building. There was also a failed attempt to torch...

Egypt: International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances 

August 30 is the International Day of victims of Enforced Disappearances.The Egyptian Association of Victims of Abduction and Enforced Disappearances (AVAED) requests that the Egyptian Government endorses United Nations Resolution 65/209: “International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance”.  Today, Friday August 30, the Egyptian Association released a document outlining two cases of disappearance.  The first case, is the disappearance of...

Ecuador: One indigenous woman’s perspective on discrimination in the health system 

In the public hospital in Otavalo in Ecuador, indigenous women have seen a major change in their maternal and child health services and this has increased their trust in the system. In the past, discrimination was a major problem, and women were not allowed to use their traditional birth practices or bring their traditional birth attendants (TBAs) with them. They were not able to...

Kenya: Obstetric fistula – a preventable but deadly condition for mothers in sub-Saharan Africa 

Girls who marry young or suffer genital mutilation are at highest risk from obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged or obstructed pregnancy. The condition is easy to treat – the difficulty is getting women the medical care they need. Obstetric fistula generally occurs as a complication of pregnancy during which labour becomes obstructed – it is often a result of...

India: Power of participation - women’s groups dramatically improve health for Adivasi mothers and newborns in eastern India 

Case study by Dr Audrey Prost, Dr Prasanta Tripathy and Soumen SarangiInvolving Adivasi women in the planning and evaluating of health care has significantly reduced deaths and empowered women among India’s Adivasi communities in Jharkhand and Odisha.Over 84 million Adivasis (original inhabitants) from more than 500 tribal groups live in western, central, eastern and north-eastern India. Today a quarter of all Adivasis reside in...

Burma: Despite the ceasefire, health care woes continue in south-east 

In a bustling waiting room, Naw sits on a fold-up chair, her hair caught in the breeze of a whirling fan. Her arms rest over the bump just beginning to show beneath her clothes.This will be the eleventh time she has been pregnant. However, it is the first time she will actually consult with a health professional during the sensitive prenatal months.For many like...

China: Maternal deaths remain high for ethnic minorities 

Case study By Rinnai NgadanMany minority women in western China do not give birth in hospitals because of poor-quality facilities and culturally insensitive care.Despite China’s national progress in the areas of maternal and infant health, rural and ethnic minority regions lag behind. A 2010 UN report tracing China’s progress toward the Millennium Development Goals shows that maternal mortality rates are almost twice as high...

Belize: Photo story - Oil drilling on Maya and Garifuna land 

Toledo, Belize, is the ancestral homeland of indigenous Maya people and Afro-descendant Garifuna people.  Under human rights law, the government of Belize must recognize and protect the rights of Maya and Garifuna peoples to their traditional land.But without consulting Maya or Garifuna, the government has opened Toledo to oil drilling by USCapital Energy Belize, Ltd.  The government has ignored decisions by domestic and international...

Kenya/Ethiopia: Conflict between Kenya’s Turkana fishermen and Ethiopia’s Dassanech peoples causing humanitarian crisis 

Retaliatory raids between Turkana fishermen in Kenya and Dassanech tribal peoples of Ethiopia is threatening the peace of communities eking a livelihood around Lake Turkana and has caused an emergency situation. Between July and August this year, these two communities have attacked each other four times causing 14 deaths and loss of property including fishing gear like boats and nets. According to...

Kenya: Forceful evictions of Maasai from Narasha a recipe for ethnic clashes 

Kenya was at it a month ago when a three-decade land ownership dispute, pitting the Maasai and Kikuyu in Naivasha took an ugly turn. Reminiscent of the post elections violence of 2008, over 200 youths believed to be members of the proscribed sect Mungiki, under the escort of heavily armed police men, descended on the Maasai community in Narasha with all manner...

Iran: The weapon of forced displacement against the indigenous Ahwazi Arabs  

Since the Islamic Republic Regime's rise to power, the mullahs' regime has enforced ethnocide policies against Ahwazi Arab nation and other non-Persian nations. In fact, the threat of forced displacement, deportation or execution against the Ahwazis, Kurds, Azeris, Baluchs and Turkmens has become permanent.For many years and until the present day, the lack of reaction of the international community concerning the state of human...

India: West Pakistan refugees stateless even after 65 years of Independence 

We the members of West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee wish to submit that we migrated from West Pakistan during partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 and have since been living in Jammu Division of Jammu and Kashmir State as refugees.Our present population is around 250,000. We have been deprived from all our constitutional rights by the state government, whereas refugees who migrated to other...

Kenya: The impact of land-grabbing, displacement and discrimination on health 

Case study by Chelsea PurvisThe plight of the Ogiek community highlights the impact of land-grabbing, displacement and discrimination on health. The Ogiek are an indigenous group of about 20,000 people in Kenya.The Kenyan government has repeatedly and forcibly evicted the Ogiek from their ancestral land in the Mau Forest and around Mount Elgon. This has left entire communities of Ogiek homeless or without proper...

Egypt: Liberate the emirate of Delga 

After an occupation lasted more than two months by islamic militants, the central security forces, backed by the army, were finally able to enter the village of Delga, located in the south of El-Minya province.Since the imposition of a tax on the Copts (£300 on each family, paid daily), more than 50 families have been forcibly displaced from their homes and shops and their...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013: Interview with MRG Director of Policy and Communications 

Minorities and indigenous peoples suffer more ill-health and receive poorer quality of care, says MRG in a new global report.MRG's flagship report, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013, presents a global picture of the health inequalities experienced by minorities and indigenous communities.The report is launched to coincide with a United Nations General Assembly meeting to follow up on efforts made towards...

Uganda: Batwa – sexual violence and lack of health care spreads HIV/AIDS 

Displacement and loss of access to ancestral territory has had devastating effects on indigenous peoples, including on their health status. Arguably, those most severely affected have been the Batwa communities of East and Central Africa.With recent news about increases in HIV infection rates in Uganda, MRG interviewed Faith Tushabe, Executive Director of African International Christian Ministry, an NGO that works closely with Batwa communities...


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