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Caribbean Court hearing last chance for Belize government to protect Maya and Garifuna land rights

A regional court hearing is the last chance for the Belize government to recognize and protect indigenous land rights, in line with its domestic and international legal obligations, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG).

The indigenous Maya people of Toledo are scheduled for a hearing before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on 22 and 23 April, in Belize City.

In 1994, without consulting Toledo Maya or Garifuna communities, the Belize government converted almost 42,000 acres of their ancestral territory into government land, the Sarstoon-Temash National Park (STNP). The government then opened the STNP, and a further area covering in total the land of 38 Maya villages, to oil exploration by US Capital Energy Belize, Ltd, a wholly owned Belizean subsidiary of American company US Capital Energy, Inc. Read more...

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Cambodia: Indigenous groups recall painful past

Nok Yik was seven years old when the Khmer Rouge seized power in Cambodia, plunging the country into darkness and terror. She was confined to a forced labour camp in north-eastern Ratanakiri province, where she served food and water to a troupe of workers for 12 hours a day.

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Dead on Paper - New MRG documentary

Dead on paper

In this compelling new film a group of Egyptian Baha'is tell their story of arbitrary arrests and violence, their legal battle for recognition, and their enduring faith, in spite of the fact that the government does not recognize their religion.

Watch a trailer on MRG's YouTube channel.

For more information, or to organise a screening of the film contact Sarah El Ashmawy - sarah.elashmawy@mrgmail.org.

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