New footage of West Papua massacre casts spotlight on military abuses

New video footage showing the bloody aftermath of the 'Paniai massacre' in West Papua highlights the urgent need for Indonesia to hold an independent and transparent investigation into the tragedy, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) said on Thursday.

In December 2014 four unarmed Papuan teenagers were killed and 17 more Papuans were injured when the Indonesian army and police opened fire on a group of peaceful protestors in Paniai. They had gathered to protest an earlier incident of violence by the Indonesian security forces. Read more...

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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...

MRG at the United Nations

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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