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Philippines: Lumad village suffers third forced evacuation in 5 months 

Indigenous villagers are bearing the brunt of continued clashes between the Philippine military and a leftist rebel group in Mindanao, rights groups say. Renewed clashes this month have forced civilians in one village in Agusan del Norte province to flee their homes for the third time in five months. Residents in Agusan del Norte’s Bangayan village fled fighting last week, which saw weapons fired...

Thailand: Migrant workers exploited amid floods, rights groups warn 

Su Su raised an open palm, motioning a flat line above her chest.“The waters came up to here,” she said.For two weeks, Su Su, a Burmese migrant worker trapped in flooded Bangkok, watched as the dirty waters swelled, until they all but consumed her living quarters.She’s now been homeless for more than two weeks, after the floods shut the compact disc factory where she...

Nuevo documental de MRG y Hollman Morris: El Oro para Suárez - Mineros afrocolombianos defendiendo sus raíces 

Una producción de Minority Rights Group International y dirigida por el aclamado director de cine colombiano Hollman Morris. La minería artesanal ha sido llevada a cabo en Cauca, Colombia por Afrocolombianos desde los tiempos de sus antepasados, los cuales se establecieron en esta zona del país desde el 1637. En la actualidad los descendientes de los mineros siguen picando la piedra roja en busca de...

MRG photo story: Uncertain future for Israel's indigenous Bedouin 

In the next few months, the Israeli parliament is expected to legislate on a plan to demolish homes and displace 30,000 Arab Bedouins from the Negev desert of southern Israel. On 11 September 2011, the Israeli cabinet decided to go ahead with the controversial ‘Prawer plan’ that is aimed at providing a full resolution to continuing issues between the state and Bedouin over land...

New documentary from MRG and Hollman Morris: Suárez Gold: Afro-Colombian miners defending their heritage 

Afro-Colombians have been carrying out small-scale mining in Colombia’s Cauca region since their ancestors settled there in 1637. Today their descendants continue to chip away at the red earth in search of gold, seeing it not only as a means for earning a modest living, but also as an activity deeply linked to their culture.Between 2002 and 2010, Colombia’s government gave out 7,500 mining...

Israel: Interview with Hanan Al Sanah, a Bedouin womens' rights activist 

Bedouin Arab women face high rates of poverty. They face disproportionately low levels of education and employment compared to other Israeli women. They are discriminated by the state and from within the community due to strict cultural traditions and customs. Hanan Al Sanah is a women’s rights activist who works with Sidreh, a Bedouin women’s organisation. Here she explains some of the major problems...

Israel's Bedouin Arabs at risk: the Prawer plan 

30,000 Arab Bedouin in Israel are going to be evicted from their homes in the next few years as part of a government plan known as the Prawer plan. The plan is expected to be put to parliament shortly. Ravia Abu Rabia, from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, explains what the implications of the Prawer plan are for the community....

MRG Podcast: November 2011 

Welcome to MRG’s November 2011 podcast. This month we hear how Europe’s new member states could play a more significant role in alleviating global poverty, learn about perceptions of identity in the Dominican Republic and listen to some blues music from one of the last living paranda artists in Belize....

Cambodia: Indigenous women face pressure at the forefront of land rights advocacy 

Women, including those from indigenous communities, are increasingly finding themselves on the frontline in advocating for their rights in the face of Cambodia's simmering problem of land disputes.A new report from Amnesty International released this week looks at how women in the Southeast Asian country are fighting against controversial land evictions. But this more prominent role has in turn placed them at greater risk...

Burma: Resource development fuels ethnic conflict 

A Thai company and the Burmese government are planning to construct a hydroelectric dam in Karen state. The dam is expected to displace ethnic Karen from the surrounding communities and has already led to clashes between Karen rebels and the Burmese army.The project is one of roughly 50 hydropower projects already in the pipeline throughout the country. It's also part of a worrying trend...

Kenya: National park to be created on Samburu land without their consent 

Indigenous Samburu in Kenya fear that the newly created Laikipia National Park, which will encompass 17,000 acres of their land, may forever threaten their cattle-herding way of life.On 25 November in the Kisargei area police rounded up around 3,000 cattle and 5000 goats and sheep belonging to the Samburu community. Police attacks on Samburu homes have also been reported in the area.For more information...

Burma: Regime's land grabs disrupt lives in minority communities 

Almost two-thirds of farming families from ethnic Ta’ang communities in Burma’s northern Shan State have lost land to the country’s powerful military, according to a new report. The Ta’ang Students and Youth Organization, or TSYO, says 63 percent of farming families from the Ta’ang community in the area have had land confiscated by the military. The Ta’ang are also known as Palaung. TSYO researchers...

Burma: Mega-dams to impact thousands 

Burma’s military-backed government is proceeding with two mega dams on Burma’s Shweli River, a major tributary of the Irrawaddy, which will forcibly displace 3,000 people and directly impact over 15,000 people. The report, Shweli Under Siege, details how farmlands have been confiscated, roads built, and surveying conducted under military escort in preparation for construction of two hydropower dams in northern Shan State,...

Discrimination on religious grounds still persists in secular Nepal  

In a bid to address the long standing demands of ethnic minorities parliament declared Nepal a secular state on May 18 2006. The declaration ended the country's two-and-half century long distinction as the world's only Hindu state and demolished long-standing cultural disparities. The declaration of secularism was an attempt to remove a symbol of Nepal as a Hindu nation and bring equality...

Cameroon: violent repression against the Mbororo 

This video shows the violent repression against the minority Mbororo community....

Philippines: Violations against indigenous peoples soar under Aquino administration, rights groups claim 

Human rights violations against indigenous peoples in the Philippines are continuing, rights groups are warning. According to Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP), also known as the National Alliance of Indigenous Peoples' Organisations in the Philippines, the government of President Benigno Aquino III has done little to stem violence against indigenous activists. "In the 18-months-old Aquino administration, 13 indigenous people became victims...

South Asia: Dalit women voice concerns at the UN Forum on Minority Issues 

Dalit representatives from India, Nepal and Bangladesh voiced their concerns about effective political participation of Dalit women at the 4th session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues. The thematic focus of the session, which was held in Geneva on 29-30 November 2011, was “Guaranteeing the rights of minority women”. Several Dalit representatives actively participated in the panel discussions and side events of...

Burma: Interview with Salai Za Uk Ling, an activist with the Chin Human Rights Organization 

The Chin people have for decades faced racial discrimination, religious persecution, forced labour and internal displacement. In this interview with MRG's Director of Prgrammes, Shobha Das, Salai Za Uk Ling, Program Director at the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO), describes the systematic human rights violations that come as a result of the heavy presence of the Burmese Army. He covers several pertinent issues including...

Nepal: More violence sparked by inter-caste marriage 

A Dalit family in western Nepal is homeless after their house was burned to the ground. The violence was sparked by anger over an inter-caste marriage, human rights groups say. Rights groups say Ambara Devi Kuma and her children were asleep when assailants barred the doors, then set the building alight. The family was able to flee, but the two-room house was razed to...

Cambodia: Communal land titles awarded, but indigenous land remains under threat 

The Cambodian government has issued communal land titles to three indigenous communities--the first of their kind in the country.The government awarded the land titles this month to two villages in Ratanakkiri province in Cambodia's remote northeast. A third village in eastern Mondulkiri province will be given a communal land title in January. Together, the titles comprise a total area of almost 3,800 hectares and...


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