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MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH IN PERU 

Every eight hours a woman dies in Peru from pregnancy complications or during childbirth. 45 percent of the deaths that occur in Peru are of afroperuanos and indigenous children under five years old. Download the attached file for a presentation on this grave problem....

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...

India: "Social activism is like “onion-peeling” - you successfully peel one layer, but then comes another one." 

Martin Macwan, an Indian lawyer and activist, is the founder of Navsarjan, a grassroots Dalit organisation, based in Gujarat state, India. Being a Dalit himself, he learnt the hard way as a child what caste discrimination means. Dalits, the former "untouchables" in pre-independence India, make up around 166 million of those living in the country, and together with other disadvantaged groups they make up...

Nepal: Feminist Dalit Organisation celebrate International Women's Day 

To celebrate the 100th International Women’s Day in Nepal, FEDO (Feminist Dalit Organization) hosted an event featuring photography, art and film with Alliance Française (a French cultural centre).The event featured the film “Women are heroes” which shows a French artist travelling the world to photograph women who are victims of discrimination. He then helps local people put up the photos on huge canvasses in...

MRG at the UN Forum on Minority Issues 

The video contains the statement given by Carl Soderbergh, MRG’s Director of Policy and Communications, at the 3rd UN Forum on Minority Issues. He points out the exclusion of minorities from the Millennium Development Goals and expresses MRG’s particular concern for minority women, many of whom suffer multiple discrimination. To read the full statement click here"In parts of Europe, Roma face very serious discrimination in employment...

Minorities speak at the UN: Uganda 

Irene Nadunga from the Uganda Coalition for Crisis Prevention highlighted the discrimination faced by pastoralist women in Karamoja in her speech at the 3rd UN Forum on Minority Issues held in Geneva in December 2010. To read her full speech click here “The economic disadvantage of pastoralist is most felt by the marginalised and vulnerable pastoralist women of Karamoja who are economically discriminated within...

Young Journalist Award runner up: Respect Wanted: Domestic Workers in Bolivia 

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...

Philippines: legal changes needed to address inequality of Muslim women 

This article discusses current initiatives in the Philippines to advocate for gender justice in laws and policies, especially in the Philippine Code of Muslim Personal Laws. Muslims in the Philippines bear at least one or more commonly, two minority identities: a national minority identity, which is the "Moro" and a religious minority identity being Muslims. Moros, in turn, are comprised as well of various...

Young Journalist Award runner up: Street racing queen of Ramallah 

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: Kachin women trafficked into forced marriages, prostitution in China 

Ethnic Kachin women are being trafficked across the border into China and sold into forced marriages and prostitution, according the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT). The organization has documented more than 130 such cases during the past year, some including children. KWAT blames the practice on widespread poverty in Burma brought about by decades of military rule. “According to the latest information we have...

Nepal: activists call for Dalit rights to be enshrined in new constitution 

Activists are calling on Nepal’s government to make special provisions for the rights of Dalit in the new constitution. A recent conference organized by the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) yielded the “Kathmandu Proclamation”, which will be submitted to authorities in charge of formulating Nepal’s new constitution.Among other measures, the proclamation suggested that the constitution ensure proportional representation for Dalit women in all government bodies...

Cambodia: in advance of Khmer Rouge trial, a new book detailing Cham women's experiences under the regime 

As four former Khmer Rouge leaders prepare to stand trial at an international tribunal for charges including genocide, a new book sheds light on a minority community targeted by the regime during it's bloody rule between 1975 and 1979. In “The Hijab of Cambodia: Memory of Cham Muslim Women after the Khmer Rouge”, author Farina So examines Cham Muslim women’s experiences under the...

Colombia: Community Councils bring real and lasting benefits for african descendants 

Improving the quality of life of Afro Colombian communities in the zones that they have occupied ancestrally depends on effective mobilization by the social organizations that represent them, such as Community Councils.  Community Councils generate processes related to the institution of long term policies, programmes and public projects and also facilitate the presentation of demands, interests and necessities, including protecting their territories from dispossession. ...

Interviews with activists: Patrick Kensenhuis, Member of The National Assembly of the Republic of Suriname 

The Hon. Patrick Kensenhuis of the Republic of Suriname, represents a district with a majority indigenous and African descendant population.During the era of Dutch colonization of the Guiana region of South America, many enslaved Africans escaped into the rainforests of what is now the Republic of Suriname. These self liberated Africans (also known as "Maroons", "Djukas" or "Bakabusi Nengre") set up independent communities and...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2011 

Women from minority and indigenous communities are targeted for rape and other forms of sexual violence, torture and killings specifically because of their ethnic, religious or indigenous identity, Minority Rights Group International says in its 2011 annual report launched today. In the flagship annual publication, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2011, MRG documents cases from across the world showing how...

Burma: conflict leads to spike in trafficking of Palaung minority 

The Palaung Women’s Organization (PWO) has released a new report that explores and uncovers human trafficking in ethnic Palaung areas of Burma.PWO has documented 72 cases of actual or suspected trafficking involving 110 people, which took place along the China-Burma border, mostly during the past six years. The majority of those trafficked were young Palaung women from tea farming communities in Namkham, Namhsan and...

Current drought severely affects minority communities in East and Horn of Africa 

The East and Horn of Africa, which includes Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda, is facing severe drought. Unfortunately this is not ‘new’ news because droughts recur at least once a year in this region. What makes this drought peculiar, according to the United States’ Famine Early Warning Systems Network, is that it is the worst in 50 years The scale of this...

India: Gauri's story 

In recent years Dalit and human rights organizations have shed light on the daily abuses suffered by almost one-fifth of the population of India. Unfortunately however the widespread practice of untouchability is often excluded from discussions and monitoring of human rights violations in the country.Since 1989 MRG partner organisation Navsarjan Trust has been working to visibilise and eliminate discrimination based on untouchability practices and...

Nepalese Minority Groups; Struggle for Identity & Representation 

Nepal has experienced a series of remarkable changes over the past few years as it has evolved from being a Hindu Kingdom with a Maoist insurgency to a secular Republic with a Maoist-led government. The people’s movement of April 2006, the November 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement to end the armed conflict, and the April 2008 Constituent Assembly election all marked critical steps towards the...

Ahwazi Refugees plight in Al-Waleed camp 

Ahwazi people who faced death threats and fled Iran have found themselves in horrendous conditions in a displacement camp in the desert. The camp lacks adequate facilities and there is an absence of medical care amid extreme weather conditions. Children, women and the elderly have died due to the lack of adequate healthcare. The nearest hospital is four hours drive along a dangerous route. The tents are...


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