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Malaysia: Possible crackdown on marginalised Indians 

To: Governments, United Nations, International NGOsUrgent Request to Government of Malaysia on the Crackdown and possible violence by United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) sponsored underworld “3 Line”, Pekida and Extremist Perkasa on Human Rights AdvocatesDear Sir/Madam,I write to you with the utmost urgency for your attention on the above matter.HINDRAF is a Human Rights organisation that advocates the rights of the marginalized Indian community...

MEPs: The EU must act now to help end one of the biggest human rights issues in the world  

PRESS RELEASE from The International Dalit Solidarity Network Brussels, March 1, 2011 (IDSN) --- MEPs stated that EU action must be taken to help end caste discrimination, affecting 260 million people worldwide. The statements came during a hearing on caste discrimination in South Asia, at the European Parliament Monday afternoon. This was also the message delivered by Dalit rights advocators at the hearing, who...

Police crackdown on Human Rights defenders in Malaysia 

Hindraf organised a massive Solidarity March Against Racism (UMNO racism) on Sunday 27th February at KLCC. More than 1 million fliers were distributed in this campaign to eliminate and dismantle UMNO’s Institutionalised racism and various road shows were held nationwide to explain to the people how the UMNO government has manipulated, planted and entrenched racism in Malaysia in an elusive way. The Police frustrated...

Kenya: MRG condemns targeted attacks on Ogiek activists 

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) condemns the recent attack on two activists from the Ogiek community in Ngongogeri, Rift Valley Province in Kenya, and calls on the police and judicial authorities to conduct a full and impartial investigation into the incident.James Rana, 38, an Ogiek land rights activist, was brutally attacked by assailants on Sunday night at his home in Ngongogeri. According to the...

Afro descendant in the Americas: A Struggle for Recognition 

African descendants in the Americas: A Struggle for RecognitionThe United Nations and the Organization of American States has decreed 2011 to be the Year of African descendants.There are over 150 million people of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean   with the largest numbers concentrated in Brazil, Colombia and VenezuelaAfrican descendant peoples in the region, display consistent realities and are affected by currents...

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....

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...

Christian and Sikh minorities in Pakistan 

A selection of images of Pakistan's religious minorities, photographed in 2009 by MRG's Jared Ferrie. The images include Christians in Mardan and Peshawar, and Sikhs at the Hassanabdal temple in Punjab province....

Pakistan's Christian Leader Buried In His Native Village 

On March 4, thousands of Christians and Muslims gathered in Khushpur, a Christian village in the Punjab province of Pakistan, at the funeral of late Shahbaz Bahtti. Young boys were beating their chests and women wailed in grief during the burial ceremony. Shahbaz Bhatti, Federal Minister for Minorities Affair, was killed by unknown assassins on March 2 in Islamabad. Bhatti, a Christian, was the...

Oromo Refugees trapped in Libya with nowhere to turn 

Photo: Oromo women in Harar, Ethiopia. Credit: CharlesFred  More than 230 Oromo people, including pregnant women, young children and elderly people are trapped in Benghazi with time running out to save their lives. Many of these Oromo refugees, who fled Ethiopia due to political and ethnic persecution are not able to leave their homes, have minimal access to food and other basic supplies, and are...

"There is nothing like a Zimbabwean culture. There are Zimbabwean cultures." 

Kucaca Phulu visited Budapest on the 28th February, as a delegate of the Zimbabwe Europe Network. Also stopping by in Geneva and Brussels, as part of its European-wide advocacy tour, the network aimed to ensure that progressive policies and actions were taken by the European Union concerning Zimbabwe. Phulu is the president of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association and a member of the country's...

MRG Podcast: March 2011 

Welcome to the March 2011 podcast from Minority Rights Group International. This month we hear about how minorities are affected by the exploitation of natural resources in their communities, learn about how Dalit children are disadvantaged at school by caste discrimination in India and travel to the Balkans to listen to a rousing Romani brass band.Narrator’s transcript: The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization joined forces...

Voices of Pakistani Christians and Sikhs 

 On March second, Pakistan minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, was gunned down in broad daylight in the capital Islamabad. It was a shockingly violent attack, but it was not necessarily a surprising one. Bhatti had been speaking out against the country’s blasphemy laws, which are meant to protect Islam, but have often been used to target religious minorities.    Attacks on religious minorities in Pakistan...

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: Dalit Christians in search for justice 

Christian and Muslim Dalits in India have long demanded for separate quotas that will help address their historical marginalisation in areas of education and employment. In February 2011, the Indian Supreme Court was scheduled to take up a Public Interest Litigation case on the issue of quotas. John Dayal, an Indian civil society activist campaigning on Dalit issues, comments on the status of 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...

Belize: SATIIM's Oil Summit 

On Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th March the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management held a district summit. It was a huge success with an excellent turn out from indigenous and local community leaders across the district, as well as representatives from numerous local and national organizations. The decision was made to make a united stand and a People's Position Statement was collaboratively written...

Minorities combat economic exclusion - photo story from the UN Minorities Forum 

The third UN Forum on Minority Issues took place in Geneva in December 2010. This year’s Forum, which is the only one of its kind and focused on effective participation in economic life, brought 500 participants together, including minority activists from all regions of the world, NGOs, academics and experts, as well as delegates from some 75 States.MRG’s Media Officer, Emma Eastwood, was there...

Philippines' indigenous groups protest mining exploration on ancestral lands 

Indigenous peoples alliance, Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) expresses alarm over Royalco Mining Company’s mining exploration in ancestral lands in Bakun, Benguet. “It portrays how mining TNCs, conspiring with government agencies, violate indigenous people’s rights to self-determination,” KAMP spokesperson, Piya Macliing Malayao said. Bakun is ancestral lands of Kankana-ey and Ibaloi Igorot people. The group said it exposes the deception of...

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...


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