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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Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and the Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights, in cooperation with the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, hosted a side event on violence against women and girls in the Iraq conflict on 24 June 2015 during the 29th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Read more...

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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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