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40 Years Protecting Minorities 

On Thursday 11th February 2010 MRG celebrated its 40 year anniversary with an exciting literary event at Foyles in London. Distinguished authors Roma Tearne and Louise Doughty reflected on how minority issues have informed or affected their lives and work. The event was chaired brilliantly by BBC Special News Correspondent Razia Iqbal. MRG was founded on the belief that minorities should be represented...

Colombia: Ruta Pacífica rechaza acciones guerreristas contra organizaciones de mujeres y defensoras de Derechos Humanos 

Las intimidaciones provienen de las Águilas Negras, grupo al margen de la ley que declara objetivo militar a movimientos y ciudadanos que, según sus argumentos, obstaculizan las políticas del Gobierno Nacional. Amenazas son dirigidas a lideresas y organizaciones de mujeres, especialmente indígenas, afrodescendientes y de población desplazada. Bogotá, 24 de mayo de 2010. – Ante el incremento de las amenazas...

Malawi to celebrate World Mother Language Day 

Malawi will on 15th May this month celebrate World Mother Language Day to be held at Mzuzu Stadium. Briefing journalists on Monday, chairperson of the celebrations Ndabazake Thole said the celebration will help to encourage indigenous languages among the people. “We will also launch advocacy for promotion, development and use of indigenous languages in Malawi,” said Thole. He said the world...

Meet the Activists: Esther Somoire 

MRG’s Web and Production Editor, Kristen Harrison, met Esther Somoire at the Minority Voices Training in Botswana. Esther is the founder of Centre for Indigenous Women and Children (CIWOCH), a community-based organisation working primarily with the Maasai communities of Southern Kenya. The Maasai are a pastoralist people with a strong and vibrant culture. As nomadic people, most Maasai move from place to...

Himalayan glacier melt will affect 1.3 billion people: scientists 

As a result of global warming, glaciers that feed 10 major Asian rivers are melting at an astounding rate. Minorities in the mountains of Nepal are among the first to feel the impact as changing weather patterns and shifting growing seasons threaten food supplies.  Wangal Tamang sits outside his stone house with his wife, Mendo, and some of his 10...

Cynthia Morel discusses a landmark ruling on indigenous land rights 

In the early 1970s, the Endorois community was forcibly displaced, without adequate consultation or compensation, for the creation of a wildlife reserve. In a landmark decision released in February 2010, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) delivered its first ruling recognising an indigenous community's rights to its ancestral land and natural resources. It is also the first case globally to adjudicate...

A scientist discusses glacial retreat in the Himalayas 

This is one of two audio recordings about the effects of glacial melt. In this clip Samjwal Bajracharya, a scientist at the ICIMOD, discusses the effects of glacial retreat in the Himalayas. The ICIMOD team have been collecting data that supports the claim that real physical effects can now be felt from climate change in the Himalayas. Read more about the research...

Nepal: A farmer discusses the effects of glacial melt in the Himalayas 

This is the second of two interviews about the effects of glacial melt.In this recording, farmer Wangal Tamang (voice 1, with translation) says he can no longer grow enough food to feed his family. Lakpa Tamang (voice 2) says the water has become warmer over the past 20 years. The clip ends with sound of women and children pounding and sifting...

Cambodia: Evictions from around the Boeung Kak Lake 

MRG’s Carl Soderbergh and Vuthy Eang (Bridges across Borders) talk about the eviction of more than 1 000 families in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Peoples including the Muslim Cham minorities had been living around a lake called the Boeung Kak Lake in the centre of town until the government granted a 99 years lease to a corporation to use the land for commercial purposes. The...

Hungary: Rap in Halmaj 

The reporters of Cicsero took a trip down to Halmaj and they had a conservation with a talented young man who spends his spare time with rapping, and already got noticed in a talent scouting competition.Barnabás Filep, 28, has been living here for six years. Currently he is unemployed, but occasionally he works for the local government. Unfortunately he did not have a chance...

Hungary: Cicsero - the story of a Roma news agency 

 Cicsero.net began its activity in October 2008 in Cserehát, which is a small and marginalised region in the North-East part of Hungary. Cicsero’s mission is to provide written and audio-visual news about issues related to the Roma minority living in Cserehát and to show the local and minority angle. This video gives you an insight into the very start of the project. You can...

Hungary: Halmaj under water 

The film is a product of Cicsero, the Independent Roma News Agency of Cserehát run by local Roma people in Hungary.The current report gives you an insight into how local people were struggling with the flood in the beginning of 2010.Contact For more information contact Bernadett Sebaly, MRG's Media Officer, via the Contact page or Melinda Kassai (Cicsero) at kassai.melinda@gmail.com....

Cambodia: Khmer Rouge leaders charged with genocide against minorities 

Among other crimes, former members of the Khmer Rouge’s ruling clique are facing charges of genocide for the regime’s alleged targeting of minorities.In September, the Co-Investigating Judges at an international tribunal issued a Closing Order in the case of four former Khmer Rouge leaders. The Closing Order lays out the final case against four of leaders of the regime that killed at least 1.7...

Uganda: Batwa Sounds 

According to Batwa tradition, families and friends gather around a fire and sing songs of courage, perseverance or to celebrate something good to the community. The songs are celebrating hope and dreams and builds community morale to be strong and resilient. The only sad thing is that the language they are singing in is Lufumbira which belongs to Bafumbira, a majority tribe found...

Photo story: a trip to El Carmen, the cradle of Afro-Peruvian culture  

In April 2010, MRG Media Officer Emma Eastwood visited the town of El Carmen, Chincha, a 4 hour bus ride south of Lima on the Pan-American highway and said to be the cradle of Afro-Peruvian culture.The town is home to the family of the late Amador Ballumbrosio, the godfather of Afro-Peruvian music. Having heard that the huge family (Amador and his wife had fourteen...

Asia: Farah Mihlar and Samia Khan discuss conflicting interests within minority communities 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in July 2010.In this recording: MRG’s Farah Mihlar is sharing thoughts about the uniqueness of minorities and indigenous peoples. Unless these cultural attributes and their close ties with nature are not taken into consideration when doing development work, it can have a detrimental effect to the communities. She brings up a school...

Bangladesh: Government closes down project for human rights defenders 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in July 2010.In this recording: Sazzad Hussain from Odhikar tells us how the government of Bangladesh tried to close down their project on training human rights defenders. In the framework of this project, parliamentarians, jail authorities, heads of district administration and police, lawyers, local journalists and members of NGOs and civil society...

Kenya&EU: Maasai activist advocates for participation in EU development projects 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording: Esther Somoire, executive director of CIWOCH, an organisation representing the interests of the Maasai community gives the perspective of a community-based organisation in Kenya when it comes to relations with the European Commission. Esther gives various reasons why the participation of community-based organisations (CBOs) in EU project...

Kenya&EU: Maasai activist compares financing procedures of USAID and EC funds 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording: Esther Somoire, executive director of CIWOCH, an organisation representing the interests of the Maasai community gives the perspective of a community-based organisation in Kenya when it comes to relations with the European Commission. In this excerpt, she compares the financing procedures of the USAID and the EC funds.ContactFor...

Kenya&EU: Maasai activist says access is limited to EC delegations in Kenya 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:Esther Somoire, executive director of CIWOCH, an organisation representing the interests of the Maasai community gives the perspective of a community-based organisation in Kenya when it comes to relations with the European Commission. In this excerpt, she brings up an example from Kenya about the mismanagement of an...


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