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.
Exciting new grants for street theatre proposals
Do you have a proposal that will use street theatre to challenge racism and discrimination in your society?
We are looking to fund outstanding street theatre projects focusing on ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities (including refugees). Each project should aim to create profound and vibrant impact whilst also strengthening the capacity of its creators and team. Read more...