State of the World's Minorities 2015

State of the World's Minorities 2015

2 July 2015

In a context of rapid growth, an increasing proportion of minorities and indigenous peoples are now living in urban areas. But while they offer the possibility of greater freedoms, improved livelihoods and more equitable opportunities, cities often magnify existing patterns of discrimination and insecurity.

This year's edition of State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples explores the many challenges communities face in urban areas, from segregation and lack of services to targeted violence and exclusion. Nevertheless, the volume also includes numerous cases of minorities and indigenous peoples achieving better social and political outcomes for themselves in cities, as well as examples of the substantial benefits their inclusion can bring to the entire urban population.

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A Peer's Struggle for Justice

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Konstantina Vasileva, a journalist from Bulgaria, reports back from a training in Thailand for EU13 journalists organised as part of MRG's Minority Realities in the News programme.

Assumptions and stereotypes are the death of a genuine human story. Aware of this, and armed with what I think is an "objective viewpoint," I embark on my field trip to Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand, with a group of fellow photographers, journalists and documentary makers. Read more...

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Between the Millstones: Iraq's Minorities Since the Fall of Mosul

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Minority communities in Iraq have been targeted by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in a systematic strategy to remove them permanently from large areas of Iraq, says a group of human rights organizations in a report launched in Brussels today.

The report provides critical information on the legal basis for war crimes prosecutions and follows a hearing on religious minorities in the European Parliament. Read more...

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Statement of Gay McDougall

The international community looks back on the implementation of the Millenium Development Goals with pride. However, the experience of minorities and indigenous peoples has been bleak, with many communities experiencing theft of their lands and resources, and the targetted killing of community leaders who oppose harmful development initiatives. While majorities may have experienced progress, many minority and indigenous communities have actually fallen further behind with regard to development outcomes. Read more...

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