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Zimbabwe: San elders make anti-discrimination case before minister, receive children's learning materials in symbolic act 

On Sunday 4 November 2012, the Co-Minister in charge of National Healing and Reconciliation, the Honorable Moses Mzila Ndlovu, met about 180 San elders in Tsholotsho, Gariya Community Centre in Tsholotsho Ward 10.The one-on-one meeting, itself a rarity with a senior government official, discussed key issues affecting the San, inluding; The San discrimination,  Lack of access to clean water, education and health services,  Discriminatory...

Europe: Video - 20 years of the Office of the High Commissioner for Minorities 

MRG staff attended a conference organised by the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany, in July 2012, to celebrate 20 years of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Office of the High Commissioner for National Minorities (HCNM).The conference aimed to discuss the future challenges of minority rights protection in Europe, and enhance knowledge and understanding of the HCNM’s functions and...

Africa: Civil society representatives across Africa root for pro-poor land policies 

95 participants from over 22 countries in Africa, representing indigenous and non-indigenous populations, urged governments to implement people-centred land policies as the only sure way to protect poor and vulnerable communities including minority and indigenous peoples. This was during a Land Reform meeting in Cameroon hosted by MBOSCUDA, November 7-8, 2012, under the theme ‘Securing the land rights of indigenous people and rural...

Kenya: minority and indigenous women face multiple discrimination 

Minority and indigenous women in Kenya are discriminated against on multiple levels; they are targeted because of their identification with a minority or indigenous group, and as women – both by cultural practices within their own community and because of gender discrimination more widely.Minority Rights Group's report Challenges at the intersection of gender and ethnic identity in Kenya, examines the challenges and the new opportunities that have emerged with the passing...

Somalia: testimonies of violence from minority women 

This is part of a special series of stories to mark the 16 days of activism against gender violence campaign. 'There is not a single woman here safe from rape. At night, armed gunmen come to the internally displaced people (IDP) camp and forcibly drive women and girls out of their shelters and rape them outside the camp. Rape cases occur twice a week.' Minority...

Moldova: Using the UN Declaration on Minorities to combat intolerance 

The Moldovan government has taken steps to protect the rights of minorities by incorporating provisions of the UN Declaration on Minorities into national legislation, as well as provisions in the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.But despite legal reforms, there is a serious need to address ingrained discrimination and intolerance in the country, according Tatiana Kleiman, executive director of the...

Kyrgyzstan: Sexual and gender-based violence 

The Uzbek and Kyrgyz communities in southern Kyrgyzstan are both predominantly Sunni Muslim and traditionally are more conservative than people living in other areas of Kyrgyzstan. As a result, both communities collectively react to sexual and gender-based violence with particular anger, while victims of such attacks often feel intense shame and may experience stigma from within their own communities. In this context, during the...

Can minority and indigenous women benefit from international agreements? 

Without the material and political backing to act upon them in a comprehensive and disinterested manner, international agreements and resolutions are benchmarks, statements of principle, rather than action plans. This does not detract from their importance. The history of human rights is one of gradual rather than spectacular gains. History also tells us that rights are never just handed down from above, but have...

Iraq: Violence against minority women is rife and poorly addressed 

According to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) reporting to the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Iraq in 2010, women from minorities are ‘the most vulnerable section of Iraqi society’. Their minority status and gender identity put them at particular risk in a female population that is already experiencing great trauma.Violence against women in Iraq has been an increasing problem since the conflict...

Sri Lanka: The Price of Tea - campaign video supporting Tamil tea pickers 

Ceylon tea is a global brand and is one of the biggest income-earners for Sri Lanka. But an average tea-picker earns less in a day than the amount you pay for a cup of tea at your local café.Minority Rights Group International, Society for Threatened Peoples, The National Campaign on Dalit Rights, Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, International...

Bangladesh: MRG visits a Dalit Sweeper colony in Dhaka 

MRG's Programme Assistant, Livia Saccardi, visited Bangladesh to attend the National Dalit Women Rights Conference on 28th July 2012 in Dhaka, organised by MRG partner Nagorik Uddyog (Citizen's Initiative).Dalit women face multiple discriminations, from majority communities and from within their own community. They are discriminated against because of their gender and because of their caste.Dalits are considered “untouchable” and “unclean” because of the jobs they...

Colombia: Defeating Invisibility - Landscapes of Violence and Human Rights Violations Against Afro-descendant Women 

The Black Communities’ Process in Colombia (PCN) released a report on the plight of Black women and launched the Afro-Colombia Women Human Rights Defenders Project, accompanied by the following press release: "As the Colombia government sits at the table to negotiate peace with the armed opposition group FARC and the nation hopes for peace, Afro-Colombia communities continue to see an escalation in violence from...

Egypt: Group denounces forced abduction and conversion of Coptic girls 

Watch a video and click on the links below to download a 2011 report of the Association of Victims of Abductions and Enforced Disappearances claiming Egyptian state employees may be involved in the forced abduction and conversion of minor Christian girls, and the testimony of a 17 year-old girl from Alexandria who recounts her experience of abduction at the hands of a gang....

India: Dalit women face violence and barriers to justice 

Three reports by MRG’s partner organizations in India paint a disturbing picture of violence against Dalit women and their access to justice.Research by the Navsarjan Trust shows that just 0.7 per cent of gender-based violence cases involving Dalit women result in a conviction, and around half of cases have stalled in the legal system. EVIDENCE, an organization that has been involved in more than...

Sri Lanka: Improve protection for women migrant workers 

Today, on International Women’s Day 2013, Migrant Forum Lanka (MFL), a collective of local Sri Lankan civil society organizations, trade unions, researchers, lawyers and activists, takes the opportunity to underscore the importance of Sri Lankan women migrant workers and promote the protection of their human rights before, during and beyond the migration process. This year’s global theme of, “A promise is a...

Liberia: Land reforms must learn from and protect communities' customary land and resource rights, urge Grand Cape Mount communities in new report 

Instances of conflict between communities and large-scale agricultural concessions have recently brought the issues of land and human rights into focus in Liberia, and throughout Africa. Rural communities in Grand Cape Mount, north-western Liberia, have been at the sharp end of a dispute with Malaysian oil palm giant Sime Darby, that received national and international attention. Today, these communities will...

Namibia: 1000 Himba and Zemba protest again against dam and human rights violations 

By Rebecca Sommer EARTH PEOPLES- Namibia, March 26, 2013Yesterday, about a 1000 Himba and Zemba held a protest march in Opuwo to show the Government of Nambia (GoN) that they had enough. This was the third protest in a row, but by far the largest. The two Indigenous semi-nomadic tribes, from the semi-desert northern region of Namibia, began their well-organized...

UK/Mauritania/Global: Actress and writer Meera Syal supports Minority Rights Group BBC Radio 4 appeal 

Appeal broadcast dates and times: Sunday 21 April 2013 (07:55, 21:26) and Thursday 25 April 2013 (15:27)Tune in to BBC Radio 4 on FM 92.4-94.6 or LW 198 or listen at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4. Did you know that slavery still exists in the world today? Even in 2013 there are still places in the world where people are born and die as slaves. Where belonging to a...

Tanzania: Maasai Women Taking Bold Stance to Protect Land Rights 

More than 2,000 Maasai women are taking a bold political stand in a move aimed at protecting community land rights. From the 27th of March until the 7th of April, women gathered in Magaiduru village, one of the nine villages in Loliondo Division that has recently been declared by the government as a wildlife corridor, essentially prohibiting any future use of the lands...

Egypt: National Security Department’s actions heighten tension between religious groups 

This past week, Egypt has witnessed a number of important events regarding relations between Egyptian Copts and Salafists that have not been widely broadcasted in the media.On the evening of Thursday 2nd May, several hundred Salafi demonstrators protested outside the headquarters of the National Security Department to denounce what is seen to be an increase in prosecutions against practising Salafis. The protestors claimed that...


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