Technological advances have meant that civilians are now enabled to play a greater role than ever before in monitoring and documenting violations during armed conflict or in other insecure environments. As UN rapporteurs and other official international monitors are effectively denied access to a wide range of insecure territories around the world, civilian monitors have become a complementary, and in some cases the principal, source of information on what is happening on the ground to civilian populations.
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The Peoples under Threat ranking highlights countries most at risk of genocide and mass killing. The ranking is created by compiling data on the known antecedents to genocide or mass political killing.
Click on a country to view its Peoples under Threat information. The large orange number indicates the country's position in the ranking.
The arrows indicate how much that country has fallen or risen by since last year's ranking. Horizontal arrows indicate no change.
Vulnerable peoples are living at deadly risk in a growing number of no-go zones around the world, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in the 2017 Peoples under Threat index and online map.
This year’s index, which seeks to identify those countries around the world that are most at risk of genocide, mass killing or systematic violent repression, highlights how lack of access from the outside world allows killing to be perpetrated unchecked in disputed territories, militarized enclaves and, in some cases, whole countries.
Brussels – 7 June 2017 – A conference organized to discuss the shape of Post-ISIS Iraq concluded with consensus on a broad array of steps to return displaced persons to their homes and rebuild. Noting that the impending fall of Mosul does not signify “Game Over” for European Union institutions and member states, the conference developed seven major options for Europe and Iraqi authorities for the “Post-ISIS” phase of the conflict in Iraq.
Minority communities in Iraq fear their ancestral lands will be stolen by government-backed forces as ISIS is pushed back, a new report finds. Territories ‘liberated’ from ISIS months ago remain occupied by Shi’a militias, Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraq Security Forces while Yezidis, Christians, Shabak and Turkmen have yet to return, a coalition of international NGOs reports.