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Government of Kenya given ultimatum to resolve Mau Narok land issue 

The Government of Kenya has been given an ultimatum of 48hours to solve the controversial Mau Narok Land issue. Youth Led – Narok County Congress Press Release Thursday, March 31, 2011 Our Statement: When we promulgated the new constitution, we thought it was the end of impunity, tribalism and nepotism but it was an exercise infutility because some of the people in...

Kenya: Flood hits Maasai land again 

Maasai land in Narok experiences yet another flood Wednesday 30th March, 2011 It was 3:00pm and the clouds had already gathered preparing for the normal rains in Narok county. This county is renowned for bearing the seventh wonder of the world, The Maasai Mara. Farmers were seen cheering there way to restaurants and hotels for a hot cup of coffee as...

Interview with Akli Bessadah: an Amazigh who escaped Libya 

Akli Bessadah is an Amazigh from Libya.Unrecognised by the Libyan government, the Amazigh people had to flee their desert homes because of environmental calamities and lack of resources. They remain on the sidelines of mainstream society, face discrimination and are forced to live isolated from the rest of the population (in the interview Akli says “they are forced to live in the corner of these states”).Akli, together...

MRG talk: Land Grabbing and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights 

Carla Clarke, MRG's Legal Cases Officer, gave a talk at a Socio-Economic Rights Group meeting on land rights. The event was organised by A4ID (Advocates for International Development), an organisation of legal and development professionals who work together to gain maximum impact in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.During the conference the panellists explored how approaches to land rights issues are changing in many developing...

Support the peaceful demonstrators in Syria 

The people in Syria went on the streets in Daraa, Damascus, Lattakia, Homs, Qamishli and many other cities and showed their will to have change in their country. They said no to the massive violation of Human Rights, no to corruption, no to dictatorship.The Syrians have been suffering over the last decades under Al Baath regime and under Al Assad Senior and junior. The...

MRG Podcast: April 2011 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s April 2011 podcast. This month we investigate the situation for minorities in troubled Pakistan, take a step back into history to hear about how the assimilation of indigenous people into mainstream society in Canada in the 19th Century has left a legacy of social damage, and travel to the Sahara desert to listen to the mesmeric sounds of...

MRG at the UN Forum on Minority Issues 

The video contains the statement given by Carl Soderbergh, MRG’s Director of Policy and Communications, at the 3rd UN Forum on Minority Issues. He points out the exclusion of minorities from the Millennium Development Goals and expresses MRG’s particular concern for minority women, many of whom suffer multiple discrimination. To read the full statement click here"In parts of Europe, Roma face very serious discrimination in employment...

Minorities speak at the UN: Uganda 

Irene Nadunga from the Uganda Coalition for Crisis Prevention highlighted the discrimination faced by pastoralist women in Karamoja in her speech at the 3rd UN Forum on Minority Issues held in Geneva in December 2010. To read her full speech click here “The economic disadvantage of pastoralist is most felt by the marginalised and vulnerable pastoralist women of Karamoja who are economically discriminated within...

Minorities speak at the UN: Kenya 

At the 3rd session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues, Andrew Songa, of the Centre for Minority Rights and Development expressed his encouragement for Kenya’s new constitution, but also the need to enforce recommendations and decisions to eliminate discrimination against minorities. To read his full statement, click here. “Minority communities in Kenya have been the subject of economic marginalisation that has been characterized by...

Minorities speak at the UN: Kyrgyzstan 

Dildora Khamidova, on behalf of both the Centre for Multicultural and Multilingual Education and the Foundation for International Tolerance, spoke at the UN Forum on Minority Issues. She highlighted how last year’s inter ethnic violence is affecting the economic life of marginalised communities in Kyrgyzstan, consequently making them more vulnerable. To read her full speech, click here.  “The consequences of June's tragic events have negatively affected...

Minorities speak at the UN: Georgia 

Ilona Kochoy, from the Union of Kurdish Youth of Georgia, spoke at the UN Forum on Minority Issues highlighting the situation of Kurdish minorities, with reference to work and social security. To read her full speech, click here.  “Some of the representatives of the Kurdish community have been fired, as they tried to protest together with the trade unions, which also unfortunately have low...

Minorities speak at the UN: India 

H. Benjamin Mate, of the Indo-Myanmar Tribal Development Association, spoke at the UN Forum on Minority Issues. He described the condition of Kuki people in India and Burma: alienated  and expropriated of their identity and rights.To read his full statement, click here.“These regions have been often described as India’s biggest zoo by the mainland Indian. The basic necessities such as safe drinking water, sanitation,...

Young Journalist Award runner up: Human rights repression in Western Sahara 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professional and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...

Yemen: voices of the Akhdam minority 

I'm Sami Al-Naggar, head of All Youth Network in Yemen. I belong to an ethnic minority called Akhdam, in fact I am an ambitious young man looking for freedom, which is stolen from me because I am my own machine, an ethnic minority of African origin. All forms of discrimination and exclusion is practiced against me and against my brothers, but despite this I...

Young Journalist Award runner up: A grassroots revolution 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professionals and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...

Young Journalist Award runner up:The Ghosts Without Pigment 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professional and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...

Young Journalist Award runner up: Respect Wanted: Domestic Workers in Bolivia 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professional and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...

Vietnam: weekly market attracts minorities from the culturally diverse north 

The mountains of northern Vietnam are home to a number of indigenous minority groups, including the H'mong. Each week, many people in the region trek through the mountains to the Kermis market in Lao Cai province to buy and sell goods. In this photo, a H'mong woman gives her child a treat after returning from the market to her village in neighbouring Ha Giang...

Canada: Racism Reborn 

This video footage shows how racial discrimination is exercised in the city of Calgary in Canada.Part 1:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plQpLPy1eaoPart 2:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgHelRCSxQw&feature=relatedThe local nightclubs obviously show unfavoritism against ethnic and racial minorities such as African immigrants. There was a speculation that the local police was also a part of this discriminatory conduct. Immigrants and refugee population in Calgary has been significantly growing for the last few years, and...

Burma: Children displaced by war face hunger, forced labor 

In eastern Burma, schools have been forced to close due to military offensives, displacement, economic hardship, and human rights abuses. There are large number of stateless children in Eastern Burma and Thailand. The International Organization for Migration estimates that there are 200,000 migrant children in Thailand.In an interview, one 17-year-old migrant said this about the regime, which is officially known as the State Peace and...


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