Iraq's multi-ethnic future now at grave risk, says MRG
In the wake of recent armed attacks by the Islamic State group in Nineveh, which have had a devastating effect on vulnerable religious minorities, Iraq's multi-ethnic future is now at grave risk, warns Minority Rights Group International.
'The latest events in Nineveh have now proved beyond doubt that the Iraqi government is incapable of protecting its minority communities, including Christians, Yezidi and Shabak,' says Mark Lattimer, MRG's Executive Director. 'The process of expelling Iraq's minorities from their homelands that began some ten years ago is now being completed,' he added.
The Iraqi government must immediately act to ensure the protection of all religious minorities at risk in Iraq today, whilst the international community must also play its part in ensuring the country is not emptied of some of the world's most ancient and vulnerable minorities, says the international rights organisation. Read more...
Annual survey warns of severe consequences of ignoring global hate crime towards minorities and indigenous peoples
Hate crime towards minorities and indigenous peoples is a daily reality in many countries across the globe, says Minority Rights Group International in its annual report, but is often ignored by authorities. The international organisation's flagship report, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014 , focuses on ‘Freedom from hate' and presents compelling evidence showing that hate crime and hate speech are prevalent in all regions of the world.
New online map shows Middle East, Africa states dominate Peoples under Threat 2014 survey on risk of mass killing
Peoples under Threat is Minority Rights Group’s annual authoritative rankings table which highlights those countries around the world where the risk of mass killing is greatest. As an early warning tool, the index has been widely used by UN officials and other human rights and conflict prevention practitioners. For the first time it's now been made available as an online map. Read more...