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Peoples under Threat 2018: Government crackdowns on freedom of speech and political opposition now key factors in threat of mass killing and other violence

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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.

13 Jun 2018 description

The threat of mass killing, genocide and other violence is rising in countries where governments are resorting to repressive measures to suffocate dissent, according to new data analysis by Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and the Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights.

09 Jun 2016 description

Further mass migration inevitable as persecution is ignored in states where peoples are under threat, says MRG New global ranking of countries where civilians most at risk of mass killing

With the refugee crisis far from over, the failure to address persecution in states where peoples are under severe threat makes further mass population movements inevitable, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG).

09 Dec 2015 description

CAR electoral process must be free, fair and inclusive in order to prevent further conflict – new Minority Rights Group report

December 9, 2015

As Central African Republic (CAR) goes to the polls in December 2015, the electoral process must be free, fair and inclusive to address deep-rooted discrimination and prevent the country from plunging further into conflict and division, says Minority Rights Group International in its new report.

20 May 2015 description


By Mark Lattimer and Derek Verbakel

The 2015 release of the Peoples under Threat index marks the 10th year that Peoples under Threat has sought to identify those communities around the world that are most at risk of genocide, mass political killing or systematic violent repression.

A number of the countries which rose most sharply in the index last year, including Syria,
Yemen and Ukraine, saw escalating violence over the course of 2014–15 and the killing, in total, of tens of thousands of civilians.

07 Jul 2014 description

Annual survey warns of severe consequences of ignoring global hate crime towards minorities and indigenous peoples

3 July 2014

Hate crime towards minorities and indigenous peoples is a daily reality in many countries across the globe, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in its annual report, but is often ignored by authorities.

29 Apr 2014 description

African countries dominate the list of major risers in this year's release of the internationally-acclaimed global ranking Peoples Under Threat, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG).

Risks have climbed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Central African Republic (CAR), Mali and Guinea Bissau, as recorded in Peoples under Threat, which identifies communities facing the greatest risk of genocide, mass killing or systematic violent repression. In countries at the very top of the list, including DRC, South Sudan and CAR, mass killing is already ongoing.

10 Jul 2013 description

Risk of mass killing rises in African countries following foreign military intervention – 2013 Peoples under Threat global survey

Eight most at risk states out of top ten subject to recent or prolonged foreign military interventions

10 July 2013

20 Mar 2013 description

Minority Rights Group International today welcomed the surrender of Congolese General Bosco Ntaganda to the US embassy in Kigali, Rwanda, and called on the US authorities to transfer him promptly to the International Criminal Court where he is indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

28 Jun 2012 description

The scale and severity of the threats to indigenous peoples and minorities have reached new proportions, due to an unprecedented demand for the world’s remaining resources, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) says in the 2012 edition of its flagship annual report, published today.

06 Jul 2011 description

Dentro de los grupos de población, las mujeres que pertenecen a minorías y las mujeres indígenas son objetivo de violaciones y otros tipos de violencia sexual, torturas y asesinatos debidos específicamente a su identidad étnica, religiosa o indígena, según el informe anual del 2011 de El Grupo Internacional de los Derechos de las Minorías (MRG por su siglas en ingles) presentado hoy.

06 Jul 2011 description

Les femmes appartenant à des communautés minoritaires et autochtones sont ciblées et victimes de viols et autres formes de violence sexuelle, de torture et de meurtre du fait de leur identité ethnique, religieuse ou autochtone, affirme Minority Rights Group International dans l’édition 2011 de son rapport annuel, lancée aujourd’hui.

06 Jul 2011 description

Minority women deliberately targeted for rape and other violence – new global report

Women from minority and indigenous communities are targeted for rape and other forms of sexual violence, torture and killings specifically because of their ethnic, religious or indigenous identity, Minority Rights Group International says in its 2011 annual report launched today.

27 Oct 2010 description

27 October 2010

On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) reminds parties to armed conflict, and regional and international organisations, of the particular vulnerability of minority and indigenous women and girls in areas of conflict.

13 May 2010 description

Par Kathryn Ramsay

Bien qu'ils soient les premiers habitants des forêts équatoriales de la région des Grands Lacs d'Afrique, les Batwa sont, en termes officiels, pratiquement invisibles.

Soumis à une discrimination continuelle entraînant pauvreté, chômage et un accès réduit à l'instruction et aux soins médicaux, leur situation est encore aggravée par un manque de reconnaissance de leurs difficultés par leurs gouvernements respectifs.

13 May 2010 description

Africa's indigenous Batwa women experience shocking levels of violence, with in some cases 100 percent of women saying they had faced an incident of violence, new research by Minority Rights Group International (MRG) shows.

In a study conducted in Uganda, 100 percent of the women interviewed said they experienced violence and for the majority the violence was ongoing, a report by MRG titled Uncounted: the hidden lives of Batwa women, says.

Of the women interviewed in Uganda for the research, 57 percent had been sexually abused at some time in their lives, with 46 percent having …

02 Jul 2009 description

Despite recent changes in US policy towards the Islamic world, the latest annual global listing of Peoples Under Threat has seen the threat level rise further for communities in Muslim countries affected by international and civil conflicts.

Every year Minority Rights Group International publishes Peoples Under Threat, identifying those groups or peoples around the world most at risk of genocide, mass killing or other systematic violent repression.

02 Jul 2009 description

Despite changes in the US approach to the Muslim world, civilian populations are at greater risk than ever before in countries at the frontline of the war against terrorism, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) says as it launches its annual global 'Peoples Under Threat' ranking.

Both Muslim and non-Muslim minorities are at growing risk in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen, and the threat is also rising in Ethiopia and Eritrea, the ranking show.

'The rhetoric of the "war …

02 Jun 2009 description

Minorities in Africa are at greater risk than ever before from the war against terrorism as well as from repressive governments, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) says as it launches its annual 'Peoples under Threat' ranking.

Half of the top 20 countries in Peoples under Threat 2009 are African states, reveals MRG in its internationally acclaimed global survey released today.

16 Dec 2008 description


Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a vast country of great geographical diversity. It borders Angola and Zambia in the south, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda in the east, Sudan and the Central African Republic in the north, and the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) in the west. The country takes its name from the Congo River, at the mouth of which the DRC has a tiny but strategic Atlantic coastline. A string of lakes, including Lake Tanganyika, line the DRC's eastern border.