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UK/Nigeria: London Igbos march in protest against killings committed by Boko Haram 

By Chizom Ekeh Saturday 18 February 2012 (London, UK) More than 200 people from London’s Igbo community have marched on Downing Street calling for an end to the targeted killing of Christians in northern eastern Nigeria by the terrorist Islamist group, Boko Haram.The protest, organised by the Nigeria Peace Rally, which was set up in the aftermath of the Christmas day...

The global pandemic of environmental racism and corporate impunity 

By Chizom Ekeh Friday 3 March 2012The indigenous Uwa peoples of northern Colombia have threatened to commit collective suicide if multinational corporations get government permission to extract oil from their ancestral homelands.In resistance to government’s attempts to displace them from their territories, the Uwa have said they will continue to fight for a future that is not dependent on oil and gas.In a Youtube...

Bangladesh: Smoke in the hills. A story by Per Liljas, winner of MRG's Young Journalist Award 

Forty years after Bangladesh' liberation war, indigenous communities are still stuck in the same struggleTwelve-year old Dipu Chakma was woken up by the crashing sound when the front door of his family’s hut was kicked in. Five men entered, their faces covered in cloth. Hurriedly, Dipu got up from his bed and ushered his little brother Riku to the back of the hut. Sneaking...

Sri Lanka: Women From The North And East Call For Real Peace, Justice And Accountability 

Released by the North East Women’s Network as part of the International Women’s Day Campaign (March 08th 2012)The end of the brutal 30 year old war brought with it a hope of reconciliation, peace, development and equality for all. However in the last three years the Sri Lankan State’s lack of commitment to these basic principles have left women in the North and East...

Syria/Iraq: Toward the end of Syriac Christians? 

In this media statement, the European Syriac Union (ESU) highlights the severe pressures faced by Syriac Christians in the Middle East throughout years of conflict. From the Iraq war to the uprising in Syria, Syriacs, also known as Chaldean-Assyrians, have been the victims of policies targeted at vulnerable ethnic and religious groups. The ESU states that the Syrian uprising has cost thousands of lives,...

Pakistani schools portray Hindus, minorities negatively: US study 

Pakistan's public schools and madrassas negatively portray the country's religious minorities and reinforce biases which fuel acts of discrimination, and possibly violence, against these communities, according to a new US study. Titled "Connecting the Dots:Education and Religious Discrimination in Pakistan," the study involved the examination of social studies, Islamic studies, and Urdu textbooks and pedagogical methods in Pakistan's public school system and its madrassa...

Pakistan: Religious diversity must for peace, development 

Respecting religious diversity and promoting religious harmony is essential for peace and sustainable development in Pakistan, said Sustainable Development Policy Institute’s Senior Advisor on Education and Religious Diversity Ahmed Salim here on Monday.Ahmed Salim was addressing the opening session of a 3-day training on “Religious harmony: a must for peace and development in Pakistan’ organised by SDPI and Minority Rights Group International (MRG). Teachers...

Burma: Children in Thai refugee camps face few prospects 

These photos by the Thai Committee for Refugees Foundation (TCR), taken in February 2012, reflect their work with minority Karen refugees in north Thailand. This specific camp photographed is the Umpiam Refugee Camp in Tak Province, a bordering Thai province with Burma. The refugees, amongst them Muslims, Buddhists and Christians, face a lack of protection of basic rights, particularly in education and housing. Children...

Burma: Stateless Rohingya Children are deprived of Education at Home and Diaspora  

Download an article on the current situation for the Rohingya minority in thier home country of Burma and wider diaspora communities, from the Rohingya Society in Malaysia....

Ensuring minority rights in Nepal's new constitution 

These photos were taken by Support Nepal that had recently organized a regional training conference called 'Together for Rights' that focused on minority rights within the context of state restructuring in Nepal. The conference, held earlier this year in January, was held in seven places all around Nepal's five regions and included the participation of minority communities such as the Madeshi, Dalits, Mahilas, Janjatis...

Pakistan: Let Her Rest in Peace – A Hindu Girl Buried in a Muslim Graveyard 

On 29th April 2009, a 13 year old girl Shahmira, an Oad (Non-Muslim) by cast, resident of village Khuda Bux Chandio, Hyderabad, died due to an unknown disease. With the permission of local elders, she was buried in a Muslim graveyard located in a nearby village. The burial became an issue when a local religious cleric (Mulla), eight months later, proclaimed this burial as...

Bangladesh, Chittagong Hill Tracts: We are Indigenous not 'Bengali' 

On 9th July 2011, about 5000 indigenous people attended a rally in Bandarban to protest the fact that the 15th constitutional amendment of Bangladesh terms the country's indigenous population as "Bengali" and demand instead their recognition as “indigenous” in the constitution of Bangladesh....

Sri Lanka: Arrest and abduction of human rights activist - No progress in investigations 

It's been nearly three years since Mr. Sinnvan Stephen Sunthararaj, Programme Manager of the Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD) was abducted by unknown gunmen in army uniforms in Colombo. Mr. Sunthararaj, who worked as Project Manager of the CHRD, was taken into custody by the Army near his office in Colombo on February 12, 2009, and handed over to the Kollupitiya...

Where is the dignity of Burma? 

Download a report 'Where is the Dignity of the Chin of Burma? Time to speak out about crimes against humanity in Chin State.'...

Philippines: KAMP calls for justice over Lumad killing 

National alliance of indigenous peoples’ organizations in the Philippines, KAMP (Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas) is dismayed by government inaction in the extrajudicial killing of Lumad leader Jimmy Liguyon last March 5, 2012.Liguyon was the vice-chairperson of Kasilo, an organization of Ata-Matigsalug Lumad in Bukidnon. He was shot allegedly by Aldy “Butsoy” Salusad, who is said to lead a paramilitary group that...

Tanzania: Maasai land dispute with safari tourism group 

Freddy Batundi, MRG’s Capacity Building Officer in Africa, reports back on a visit to Maasai communities in northern Tanzania.Towards the end of last year I made a field trip to Loliondo, Tanzania, as part of MRG's work to support Maasai community meetings in the sub-villages of Sukenya, Mondorosi and Enadooshoke, which are part of Soitsambu village in northern Tanzania, to agree on their position...

Philippines: Indigenous people's group alarmed at rising human rights violations 

Attacks on the human rights of indigenous peoples has been rampant this past few weeks according to indigenous peoples' organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP.) "The Aquino adminstration seems to tolerate the human rights violations done against the people. In lieu of justice, we find our human rights situation deteriorating," Bontoc-Igorot and KAMP spokesperson Piya Macliing Malayao said. KAMP...

Philippines: ‘Oplan Bayanihan’ blamed for spate of human rights violations on indigenous peoples 

Indigenous peoples and human rights organizations staged a protest action in front of the Department of National Defense gates today, bewailing human rights violations done against indigenous peoples. "The Aquino administration seems to shrug off human rights violations done against the indigenous people. In lieu of justice, we find our human rights continually violated though his counter-insurgency policies," Bontoc-Igorot and KAMP spokesperson Piya Macliing...

India/Burma: Hopeful Chins Look to Don Bosco Ashayalam to be a Saving Grace 

27 March 2012 - Delhi, India: The Burmese Chin refugees started boycotting the services of the UNHCR implementing partner YMCA last July 7, 2011 because many of the Indian employees at the YMCA providing the services were very discriminating, rude, told outlandish lies, threatened parents, and did not care or show compassion to the refugees they were supposed to be helping. ...

India: Arbitrary arrest of Christian human rights defender 

Junash Pradhan, a well-known human rights defender and a tribal community leader belonging to a vulnerable minority (Christian) community has been working as a social activist for the last 22 years in Orissa state.  His popularity amongst the local people led to him twice elected as member of the Daringibadi Panchayat Samiti (Block), first from 1993 to 1996 and then as the Chairperson from...


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