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Photo Story from Kenya and Uganda 

In September 2009, MRG Conflict Prevention Head Chris Chapman traveled to Kampala, Uganda, and Nakuru, Kenya to meet with CSO representatives working on issues of conflict in the regions. These projects are in collaboration with CECORE and Endorois Welfare Council (EWC), holding training workshops on peace building and conflict resolution. Between these training sessions, Mr. Chapman traveled to the Endorois and...

Cambodia: Evictions from around the Boeung Kak Lake 

MRG’s Carl Soderbergh and Vuthy Eang (Bridges across Borders) talk about the eviction of more than 1 000 families in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Peoples including the Muslim Cham minorities had been living around a lake called the Boeung Kak Lake in the centre of town until the government granted a 99 years lease to a corporation to use the land for commercial purposes. The...

Hungary: Halmaj under water 

The film is a product of Cicsero, the Independent Roma News Agency of Cserehát run by local Roma people in Hungary.The current report gives you an insight into how local people were struggling with the flood in the beginning of 2010.Contact For more information contact Bernadett Sebaly, MRG's Media Officer, via the Contact page or Melinda Kassai (Cicsero) at kassai.melinda@gmail.com....

Cambodia: Khmer Rouge leaders charged with genocide against minorities 

Among other crimes, former members of the Khmer Rouge’s ruling clique are facing charges of genocide for the regime’s alleged targeting of minorities.In September, the Co-Investigating Judges at an international tribunal issued a Closing Order in the case of four former Khmer Rouge leaders. The Closing Order lays out the final case against four of leaders of the regime that killed at least 1.7...

EU: We report back - Minorities and Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on EU Development Policies 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:MRG’s Carl Soderbergh summarises the main thoughts and conclusions of the first day of the conference. In the first session Pieter Bangma (EC, DG Dev), Esther Somoire (CIWOCH) and Sazzad Hussein (Odhikar) were discussing relations between the EC and the civil society of developing countries. The second session...

Traditional methods a useful tool for conflict resolution in Africa. 

Many African states are faced with long-standing armed conflicts. According to a ranking compiled by Minority Rights Group International in 2010, more than half of the top 20 countries in the world, where people are most under threat were in Africa. Many of these conflicts make headline news for various reasons, including the level of violence and the inter-state links. There are, however, several...

10 years after legal victory still no resolution for Chagossians 

On 3 November 2010, it is likely that MPs looking out from the Houses of Parliament in the UK and Mauritius, different and distant as these countries may...

MRG Podcast: November 2010 

In our November podcast, produced and presented by MRG’s Emma Eastwood, we visit Iraqi minority refugees in Syria; speak to indigenous activists about how climate change is affecting their communities; and listen to an example of Afro-Latin music from Cuba....

Interviews with Activists: Yaseen Ibrahim and Jamia Abdur-Raheem on Nubians in Kenya 

Yaseen Ibrahim and Jamia Abdur-Raheem are activists belonging to the Kenyan Nubian Community. The Nubian’s trace their origins to Egyptian civilisation in the pre-Christian era. Nariobi’s small Nubian community however have now been confined to the city’s slum areas. Here the Nubian activists explain their origins in Kenya and identify two of the major problems the community faces – land ownership and recognition of...

Interviews with Activists: Paul Oleyo Longony on the implications of Sudan's referendum for minorities 

Sudan will face a historic referendum on 9 January 2011 to determine if the south of the country will be separated from the north. Paul Oleyo Longony, Executive Director of Boma Development Initiative is based in Jonglei state in southern Sudan where there are several minority communities. Here Paul given up date on the latest situation in southern Sudan. He also explains the concerns...

MRG Podcast: December 2010 

Welcome to the December 2010 podcast from Minority Rights Group International. This month we hear from a member of the Nubian community, a minority who live in one of Africa's largest slums in Nairobi; we then move east to China to learn more about the Uighur minority from a representative of the World Uighur Congress, and finally, MRG's music choice this month comes from...

Peru: Addressing the needs of marginalized communities in policy formulation and programming  

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording: This is a longer discussion on poverty reduction strategies with special regards to the needs of marginalized communities in policy formulation and programming. Development consultant Samia Khan gives a substantial explanation on the progress of development policies and the strategy to poverty reduction with regards to...

Cambodian indigenous group threatened by rubber company 

In Cambodia, an estimated one hundred fifty thousand people are facing forced eviction from their homes. Many of these are members of indigenous groups. They have traditionally occupied land now slated for resource development projects. Indigenous peoples are often pushed from their land and given little or no compensation.In Mondulkiri province, a rubber plantation is under development on land occupied by the Bunong. Some...

MRG Podcast: February 2011 

Welcome to the February 2011 podcast from Minority Rights Group International. This month we hear how indigenous communities in Cambodia are affected by development projects, learn about an innovative new way to tackle racism in the Dominican Republic and travel to Uganda, where minority language issues are illustrated through song....

Canada: Interview with Chief Wilton Littlechild 

Interview with Chief Wilton Littlechild - Member of Canada's Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Photo courtesy of Neeta Lind"We are still marginalized. The poverty for example  of indigenous children is on the rise.  The taking away of the child is still going on. We still fill the prisons, .... I went to an institution for young offenders and 100 percent of the inmates were...

Sri Lankan women's groups demand road access for displaced people through famous nature reserve 

We, the undersigned call on the Government to take immediate action to prevent the destruction of the Wilpattu National Park, while continuing to provide access through the road from Puttalam to Mannar via the park. We believe that through taking corrective measures the Government can ensure that both issues are addressed in order to protect the rights of the expelled Northern Muslims and the...

Young Journalist Award runner up: Human rights repression in Western Sahara 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professional and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...

Burma: Children displaced by war face hunger, forced labor 

In eastern Burma, schools have been forced to close due to military offensives, displacement, economic hardship, and human rights abuses. There are large number of stateless children in Eastern Burma and Thailand. The International Organization for Migration estimates that there are 200,000 migrant children in Thailand.In an interview, one 17-year-old migrant said this about the regime, which is officially known as the State Peace and...

Thailand: Education desperately needed for migrant and stateless children 

Thailand has accepted less than 16% of registered migrant children into its education system, according to the Foundation for Rural Youth (FRY). In Bangkok, the situation is particularly critical with less than 4% of migrant children enrolled in registered schools, says FRY, which is working to increase registration of migrant children in Thai schools.Since 1984, there has been mass migration of people from Burma...

Argentina: IT'S HARD TO BE BLACK HERE  

Racism, xenophobia and racial discrimination in Argentina English language audio interview with activist Nengumbi Celestin Sukama, president of IARPIDI (Instituto Argentino para la Igualdad, Diversidad e Integración).  The NGO works in Argentina to defend the rights of asylum seekers and political refugees from the African continent, and to combat racial discrimination against native Afro-Argentinians and African descendants from other countries in the hemisphere. The...


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