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Mauritania: Interview with lawyer Me Elid Mohameden 

Me Elid Mohameden is a lawyer supported by MRG to represent women and child victims of slavery in Mauritania.The Haratine form one of the largest ethnic groups in Mauritania, and during the post-colonial era they have struggled to assert their rights and break free of the slavery which has historically subjugated them; 10 to 20 per cent of Mauritania's population is still estimated to...

South Sudan: Interview with Paul Oleyo Longony, Boma Community Initiative 

As South Sudanese vote on becoming an independent state, in what has internationally been billed as a “new dawn” and “new chapter in history” for the long-suffering and neglected South, ethnic minority communities harbour guarded optimism.MRG’s Africa Regional Information officer, Mohamed Matovu, talked to Paul Oleyo, the Executive Director of Boma Community Initiative (a Sudanese organisation working on peace-building based in Boma, Jonglei State...

Palestine: Interview with Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, human rights activist 

MRG's Media Intern, Lovemore Luwizhu, interviews Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, a Palestinian Christian who firmly believes in civic engagement to effect positive change in society.The media regularly exposes us to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, often through the lens of the editorial policy of the news outlet in question. Professor Qumsiyeh, from the town of Beit Sahour in the West Bank, here sheds more light on the...

Burma: Drug use and rights abuses in Burma's ethnic areas out of control 

The only men who aren’t using drugs in Palaung area are the monks, said a report by Palaung Women Organization (PWO). 91% of young people in Palaung area aged 15 and over are addicted to drugs, added Lway Poe Ngeal, joint general secretary of the local women’s rights group.Poe* is a 25 year old Palaung woman who left Burma for better education opportunities in...

SWM 2014: Legislating against and countering hate speech in East Africa 

Case study by Laura A. YoungEast Africa and the Horn has been one of the most volatile regions in the world in recent years. Several states have passed legislation that addresses hate speech, trying to clamp down on incitement to violence, but according to Article 19’s Director for Kenya and Eastern Africa, Henry Maina, these laws often end up punishing minorities instead of protecting...

SWM 2014: Countering hate content in Pakistan's school textbooks 

Case study by Nicole Girard‘The education system in Pakistan is dominated by people having a particular religious ideology and extremist mindset. These people desire this extremist ideology to be inculcated into the curriculum and thus manipulate the education system.’ Cecil Shane Chaudhry, Executive Director of Pakistan’s National Commission for Justice and PeaceEducation has a central role to play in countering violence and discrimination against...

SWM 2014: Action against untouchability in Bangladesh  

Case study by Livia SaccardiAbul Basar is a Bangladeshi activist who for years has been working on a variety of development and human rights issues in the country. In particular, his focus has been on the ongoing marginalization of Dalit communities and the best ways to address the root causes of their situation. Here he discusses with Livia Saccardi the daily discrimination Dalits face...

SWM 2014: Vietnam: raising awareness and challenging prejudice in the media 

Case study by Hanna HindstromIn 2011, the Hanoi-based Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE), supported by MRG, launched a new campaign to boost coverage of the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples in the media.‘As the public knew very little about ethnic minority rights and the duties of the state, the project was intended to improve their knowledge and increase social...

SWM 2014: Tackling Islamophobia in the United Kingdom 

In the United Kingdom, extremist organizations such as the English Defence League have launched vocal attacks against the Muslim minority. However, while these groups remain at the fringe politically, their activities comprise only a small fraction of the true extent of Islamophobic hate speech and violence. Fiyaz Mughal, director of the charity Faith Matters, discusses the challenges with MRG and how his organization’s Tell...

Guatemala: Interview with Isabel Turuy Patzan, Representative of the 12 Communities in Resistance 

San Juan Sacatapéquez is a Guatemalan town, rich in natural resources and biodiversity, where indigenous Maya Kaqchikel form 82 per cent of the population. In 2006, the government granted concessions to the Guatemalan company CEMPRO (Cemento Progreso S.A.) to build a quarry and a cement factory in the area, and a new road cutting through communal land. Indigenous communities from San Juan were not...

Iran: Torture, Imprisonment and Summary Execution for Ahwazi Arabs  

Conducted behind closed doors, before biased judges and in the absence of legal representation, the unfair trials of Arabs in the al-Ahwaz region are part of a long-standing persecution of this minority group in Iran. Despite the fact that this recurring miscarriage of justice is in flagrant violation of the Islamic Republic's constitution, Iran's jails are filled with Ahwazi political prisoners who face brutal...

Minority Voices Podcast: September 2014 

Welcome to the Minority Voices September 2014 podcast. This month we are firmly rooted in South Asia - we talk to a young activist from India's little-known descendants of enslaved Africans, and our minority music selection comes from Pakistan's Sufi community, who are increasingly under threat from Islamic hard-liners....

India: Photo story – Marginalised Sidi community rebuilds a lost cultural identity 

Descended from African slaves, India's Sidi community struggles with a conflict of identity. They are unable to pinpoint their country of origin, yet are also marginalised from Indian society as a result of the nation's discriminatory caste system.Earlier this month, Minority Rights Group welcomed Sidi activist Mohan into our London office to speak about his personal experiences as a member of an ethnic minority...

Ethiopia: Obang Metho condemns ‘Life Grabs’ and the Second Scramble for Africa 

Speaking at MRG’s London office as part of a nationwide tour, Executive Director of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia, Obang Metho, sheds light on the systematic violation of indigenous land rights by Ethiopia’s autocratic regime, resulting in the alleged torture and imprisonment of those who resist. And although this is happening in a land far, far away, says Obang, these atrocities are...

Minority Voices Podcast - April 2015 

MRG's April 2015 Minority Voices Podcast features a report back from the jungles of Thailand, where indigenous communities are being displaced in the name of conservation, and folk music from the war-torn Nuba Mountains in Sudan.Photo: Mue Naw, wife of a disappeared Karen land rights activist, Thailand, March 2015.Credit: Emma Eastwood/MRG   Thanks to Atanas Kutsev for providing the field recording of Paethai Paera playing the dennaku...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015 - focus on cities: Case studies 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)The battle for respect for the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples is increasingly being played out in cities, says Minority Rights Group International in its annual report.Our flagship annual global report, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015, focuses on cities, and explores the many challenges communities face in urban areas, from segregation and lack of...

DRC/Australia: 'Still a Pygmy' 

The shortness of a mini-eggplant is its mature size. – BaTembo Pygmy proverb How did a Pygmy from Congo end up living in Sydney, Australia? Growing up as a hunter-gatherer in the forests of Congo, where Pygmies were considered inferior to all other Africans and fit only for slave labour and witchcraft rituals, Isaac Bacirongo never dreamed he would end up...

MRG Podcast: February 2016 

Welcome to MRG’s February 2016 Minority Voices podcast. This month we ask Maasai women for their views on female circumcision in Kenya, and tune in to the melodic sounds of the Garifuna of Central America. ...

Dominican Republic: Interview with Rosa Iris Diendomi 

Listen to the testimony of Rosa Iris Diendomi, lawyer and community leader in the Dominican Republic....

Minority Voices Podcast - March 2016 

Welcome to MRG's March 2016 Minority Voices Podcast. This month we speak to one of our staff members about her recent trip to Iraq, an experience which also held great personal significance, and check out a protest song from the Nigerian master of Afrobeat himself, Fela Kuti....



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