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04 Sep 2017 description

After tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled across the border into Bangladesh during the first days of September 2017, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) calls on the government of Myanmar to stop its campaign of mass reprisals against its Rohingya minority population and ensure that their rights are respected.

’International law is very clear on this point,’ says Nicole Girard, MRG’s South-East Asia Coordinator. ’Civilian populations must not be made to suffer, whatever the accusations of wrong-doing might be levelled against a few who may be in their midst.’

20 Jul 2017 description
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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.

20 Jul 2017 description

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.

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).

20 May 2015 description

Introduction

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

24 Jun 2013 description

The Rohingya, a stateless minority of Myanmar, have endured decades of abuse, persecution and discrimination. One year ago, on 3 June 2012, the massacre of ten Muslims travelling in Rakhine State, following the killing and reported rape of a Buddhist woman, marked the beginning of a series of violent attacks against the Rohingya and other Muslim communities. The violence of June and October 2012 resulted in countless deaths, destruction to property, large scale internal displacement and segregation within Rakhine state of Myanmar.

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.

12 May 2011 description

Afghanistan most significant riser in global Peoples Under Threat 2011 survey

Afghanistan is the most significant riser in this year’s release of the internationally acclaimed global ranking Peoples Under Threat, which lists countries where communities are most at threat of mass killing, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) says.

05 Nov 2010 description

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) warns that the elections in Burma risk increasing ethnic tensions and calls on the authorities to address the marginalisation of minority groups.

Burma's military government has put in place laws and regulations to ensure that the outcome of the vote favours its continued rule, MRG says.

One tactic has been to cancel voting in areas of opposition among ethnic minorities in at least 312 village tracts, thereby disenfranchising about 1.5 million people.

"Rigged elections cannot bring peace to Burma, nor legitimacy to a regime that …

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 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

Being in the frontline of the war against Islamic extremists has put people under severe risk in Pakistan which leads a global ranking of countries where the threat to civilian life has risen the most in 2009, Minority Rights Group International says as it launches its annual global 'Peoples Under Threat' ranking.

Pakistan is the most significant riser in the ranking compared to the last year and is now placed sixth.

08 May 2008 description

As a massive international relief effort gets underway to help hundreds of thousands of Burmese affected by the recent cyclone, Minority Rights Group international calls on the UN and international aid agencies to make sure that ethnic minorities are not left out of the process. There is limited information on the ethnic breakdown of the population in the affected Irrawaddy region but ethnic Karen and Mon communities are known to live in these areas.

27 Feb 2008 description

Over half of the top twenty countries in the world where people are most under threat of genocide or mass killing are in Africa, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG) as it launches the first ever online database of the world's minorities and indigenous peoples.

The spread of cross-border conflicts has emerged as a major destabilising factor in Africa and sees states such as Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Chad and the Central African Republic dominate the top twenty list of MRG's 2008 global ranking of Peoples under Threat, published to accompany the World Directory of …

19 Jan 2006 description

Ground-breaking new report on State of World's Minorities highlights devastating impact of armed conflicts and War on Terror on ethnic and religious groups

New York, (19/1/2006) Iraqis head a new list of peoples most under threat from persecution, discrimination and mass killing according to a comprehensive new report released today by Minority Rights Group International (MRG).

Minorities from Sudan, Somalia and other African countries dominate the rest of the top 15 in State of the World's Minorities, the first ever report to comprehensively assess the situation faced by …