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12 Sep 2018 description

Exclusion at the heart of today’s migration and displacement – new key trends survey

13 Jun 2018 description
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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.

24 Oct 2017 description

Rohingya persecution is an extreme case of a much wider problem: new report clearly shows widespread links between discrimination against minorities and statelessness around the world

In Buddhist Myanmar, Muslim Rohingya are denied citizenship. They face extreme violence, hate speech and persecution. Many have been forced to flee their homes. In 1982, Myanmar changed the law, so that nationality was acquired at birth only by members of 135 listed ethnic groups. Rohingya were excluded from this list.

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


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.

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.

17 May 2013 description

A humanitarian crisis looms in South Sudan as Yauyau militias, under the command of David Yauyau, continue to fight the SPLA government forces in Boma and Pibor towns, Jonglei.

Civilians, mostly women and children, have been caught in the crossfire and reports from Minority Rights Group International (MRG) partners on the ground show looting of household items as well as cows and sorghum.

23 May 2012 description
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Minorities face attack as revolutions sour in Middle East and North Africa, says new global Peoples Under Threat survey

Syria, Libya, Egypt and Yemen are among the most significant risers in this year’s 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 Jan 2012 description


Establishing security is one of the greatest challenges faced by the government of the Republic of South Sudan (RoSS), which declared independence July 9. Aside from violence on the border with its northern neighbour the RoSS must contend with a host of militia groups as well as a culture of cattle raiding, and tensions between ethnic groups that often lead to deadly attacks.

05 Jan 2012 description

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) condemns the recent attacks between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities in Pibor, Jonglei state, South Sudan, and calls on the government to take immediate steps to protect civilians from all ethnic groups.

In the long term, the government must also address the root causes of violence among minority communities through political representation, disarmament and equitable distribution of natural resources.

12 Aug 2011 description

The East and Horn of Africa, which includes Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda, is facing severe drought. Unfortunately this is not ‘new’ news because droughts recur at least once a year in this region. What makes this drought peculiar, according to the United States’ Famine Early Warning Systems Network, is that it is the worst in 50 years