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Minority Rights Group Africa (MRGA) condemns the weekend attacks in Ntoroko, Kasese and Bundibugyo districts in Rwenzori region in Western Uganda which claimed the lives of at least 72 people, including numerous civilians, two soldiers and three police officers.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
17 February 2011
Uganda goes to the polls this weekend with the incumbent, President Yoweri Museveni, widely expected to be voted back into office for a third term, capping a 25-year reign as head of state.
Unlike the three previous general elections in 1996, 2001 and 2006, this election has been relatively peaceful. All candidates have largely been on-message, articulating issues affecting people.
4 August 2010
More than 10 years on, global poverty reduction strategies introduced by multilateral organisations including the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), have failed to remove many of the poorest communities, especially minority and indigenous communities, out of poverty, Minority Rights Group International says.
Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) were initiated in 1999 by the IMF and World Bank to help low income and highly indebted countries to reduce their poverty levels. At the time, the move was widely supported by the UN and big donor countries.
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 …
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.
Greater use of traditional community based systems, such as elders' arbitration councils, could help resolve long standing conflicts between communities in East Africa, Minority Rights Group International demonstrates through its latest briefing on the conflict in Karamoja and Teso in Uganda.
The briefing to be launched on 25 August 2009 explains that the failure of state solutions to resolve conflict in these areas and the lack of trust by community representatives of national systems emphasise the need to use traditional responses that have been tried and tested within these …
By Chris Chapman and Alexander Kagaha
This study is the result of intensive research and consultations with community representatives and local and national government officials in Karamoja and Teso regions of northeast Uganda.
The conclusions of the research can be summarised as follows:
- The formal state mechanisms for justice and conflict resolution are not adequately implanted in the two regions. They struggle to cope with the present level of conflicts.
- In some cases the state apparatus is mistrusted by local communities due to associations with past abuses.
The Batwa communities of the Great Lakes Region are mainly former hunter-gatherers who have been evicted from their forest homes over the course of many decades. They now live as a neglected and marginalized minority, often in remote conflict and post-conflict areas. Though Batwa adults and children across the region have identified education as one of their most important priorities, the vast majority have had little if any chance to go to school.
Les communautés Batwa de la région des Grands Lacs sont principalement composées d'anciens chasseurs-cueilleurs qui ont été expulsés de leurs habitats forestiers au cours des années. Elles vivent maintenant comme une minorité négligée et marginalisée, souvent dans des zones conflictuelles ou post-conflictuelles éloignées. Bien que les adultes et enfants Batwa de la région aient identifiée l'éducation comme leur plus importante priorité, une grande majorité a très peu de, si ce n'est aucune, chance d'aller à l'école.
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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).
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The Twa were originally a high-altitude forest people, inhabiting the mountains of the Albertine Rift Area in Central Africa, who specialized in hunting and gathering.1Historical accounts and stories regarding the origin of the Twa indicate that the Twa were the first inhabitants of these forests.2They identify themselves as indigenous and share many of the characteristics of indigenous peoples.3For example, the Working Group on the Rights of Indigenous People/Communities in Africa, set up by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' …