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Argentina: MRG report on health launched at UNICEF event 

MRG’s annual flagship report State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013, which this year focuses on health, was launched in Argentina this week on the Day of the Children of the Mountains 2013. The cacique of the Amaicha del Valle community, Dr Eduardo Nieva, spoke alongside report authors Dr Viviana Crivelli of the Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (UNT), and Professor...

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...

Afghanistan: Interview with Hazara activist Fakhria Ibrahimi 

MRG’s Media Officer, Emma Eastwood, spoke to Fakhria Ibrahimi, a Hazara woman who has high hopes for her embattled country.Seldom does a day go by without the latest atrocities of the war in Afghanistan being splashed across the pages of the world’s media. Yet, we rarely hear the voices of ordinary Afghans who continue to go about their daily lives despite the conflict."I live...

Burma: Systematic sexual violence in ethnic areas, new report 

Today marks the launch of an important new report documenting ongoing crimes of sexual violence-over 100 cases documented since 2010, including 47 gang rapes--perpetrated by the Burmese military in ethnic regions of Burma.The Women's League of Burma (WLB), consisting of thirteen women's organizations representing different ethnic areas in Burma, released the report, "Same Impunity, Same Pattern: Sexual abuses by the Burma army will not...

Kenya: Campaign against harmful beading culture in Samburu communities 

They are beautiful when worn around the neck. But unknown to many, some beads symbolize bondage to young girls from the Samburu and Rendile communities who inhabit Samburu, Isiolo, Laikipia and Marsabit counties.While some parents buy the beads for their daughters, others wait for the community warriors (morans) to give them; a gesture that announces the commencement of an intimate relationship. This relationship is...

Bangladesh: Education on human rights for minority groups 

From the 1st to the 31st of January 2014 the Bangladesh Center for Human Rights & Development (BCHRD) in association with Aparajeyo-Bangladesh, provided basic human rights education, life skills training and Theater for Development (TFD) for 90 direct beneficiaries.The training was funded by Plan International Bangladesh under the Girl Power Project with the goal of ‘reducing gender based violence against girl & young women’,...

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...

Philippines: Indigenous women express support for Andrea Rosal 

In a protest action at the gates of Camp Crame this morning, traditionally-clad indigenous women demanded the release of Andrea Rosal, a suspected communist leader and the daughter of renowned Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army leader Ka Roger Rosal. The indigenous women, from the BAI Network of Indigenous Women, expressed condemnation at the “lack of humanity extended by state forces” to Rosal....

SWM 2014: Understanding the dynamic of communal riots against Muslims in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts, Uttar Pradesh, India 

Case study by Sajjad HassanThis research is the result of an extended participatory research study between January and March 2014, undertaken by the Centre for Equity Studies in partnership with Aman Biradari, funded by MRG with support from CAFOD. Context – Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts before the riotsMuzaffarnagar and Shamli districts are part of the agriculturally rich western Uttar Pradesh (UP) region, dominated by...

VIDEO: Speaking out for minority women in Somalia 

At the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, Minority Rights Group hosted an interactive storytelling event at London's ExCel centre. The event featured influential guest-speakers who had travelled from Somalia in order to raise awareness about the plight of minority clans in their home country.Frequently overlooked by international media, female members of minority clans took centre stage at the MRG event. Hon. Bibi...

Nepal: Indigenous women want recognition and equality  

Indigenous women in Nepal have suffered a decline in welfare over recent years, according to a new report by activist and investigative journalist Dev Kumar Sunuwar. Though they once enjoyed a greater degree of freedom and a higher socio-economic status than 'high caste' Hindu women of Indo-Aryan origin, who were restricted by patriarchal control and religious orthodoxy, indigenous women are now being gradually deprived...

India: Gita's Story 

Gita lives on the edge of Muru, a small village in the Kutch (or Kachchh) district of Gujarat, bordering on the salt marshes of the Rann of Kachchh. The region encompasses thousands of square kilometres of grassland and desert, and the majority of its population lead a rural existence, far from major cities. Muru is home to a community of barely a thousand, who...

Cambodia: Lao minority fight to retain their language 

Um Simeng is the only person in her family who doesn’t speak the Khmer language.“When I need to run an official errand I have to take a translator with me,” says the 55-year-old ethnic Lao woman, resting in the shade beneath a small wooden hut in Kok Lao village, Ratanakiri province. “Usually I take one of my sons.”In her village, a remote constellation of...

SWM 2015: Mexico - Sexual violence against indigenous women in Ciudad Juárez 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Mariah GrantCiudad Juárez is a striking example of both the good and the bad that the economic opportunities inherent to urbanization can bring. This city of nearly 1.5 million inhabitants is situated on the Mexico side of the border with the United States, directly opposite its sister-city, El Paso, Texas. Only the parched Rio Grande, contained...

SWM 2015: Kyrgyzstan - Life as a migrant in Bishkek – a Tatar women tells her story 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Alisher KhamidovOn a cold morning in late February, Alya wakes up early as usual to prepare a simple breakfast of porridge for her and her 2-year-old boy, Shurik. Then she takes Shurik to her friend for baby-sitting before heading to work. Originally from Osh, a large city in south Kyrgyzstan, she is now a street vendor selling...

SWM 2015: Philippines - Supporting indigenous livelihoods in Baguio city  

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Hanna HindstromFour years ago, a typhoon struck the northern Filipino city of Baguio. The storm ruptured the walls of the city’s mounting garbage dump, sending hundreds of tonnes of urban waste cascading into the streets. The landslide flattened several houses and killed two young children.  The tragedy was a wake-up call for Geraldine Cacho, an Igorot...

SWM 2015: India - Discrimination against Dalit women in Ahmedabad 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Rajiv ShahIn Ahmedabad, located in the heart of Gujarat state, Dalits have been an important but often invisible presence for generations, working as scavengers and waste-clearers within the strict confines of India’s caste system. Concentrated on the periphery of the city, frequently segregated from other communities, many had also migrated to the city in search of...

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...

Nouveau documentaire MRG/Mauritanie: Esclaves et discriminee: l'émancipation des femmes Haratines 

Réalisé par Mamoudou Lamine Kane, commandé et produit par Minority Rights Group International et NEXUS PROD Durée: 27:35 mn Langue: Arabe (sous-titrage en français) Dans une série d'entretiens, des femmes Haratine parlent des réalités quotidiennes de l’esclavage et de la liberté qu'elles ont connu depuis l'émancipation.L'esclavage existe depuis des siècles en territoire mauritanien. Elle existe dans toutes les communautés (Maures,...

Thailand: Karen woman fights for justice over husband’s disappearance 

On 17 April 2014, Billy Rakchongcharoen was stopped at a checkpoint near Bangkloy village in western Thailand.  He was accused of stealing honeycomb from Kaeng Krachan National Park and taken into detention. The park authorities claim he was released after being questioned. But nobody has seen him since.His wife, a soft-spoken 29-year-old, is convinced he was murdered. Billy was not only a prominent land...


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