MRG 'shocked and saddened' by death of Somali Ambassador to UN

MRG was greatly shocked and saddened to hear of the death of the Ambassador of Somalia to the UN, His Excellency Yusuf Mohamed Ismail (informally known as Ambassador Yusuf Bari Bari). The Ambassador was killed in an attack by insurgents on the Hotel Maka al-Mukarama in Mogadishu on Friday 27th March 2015.

The Ambassador recognised the marginalisation of minorities in Somalia and was supportive of minorities' efforts to tackle discrimination and gain equality and participation in decision making. The Ambassador was a speaker at two recent events organised by MRG and our partner IIDA in recent months: a side event at the UN in Geneva in November 2014 drawing attention to the particular vulnerability of minority women in Somalia; and the launch of a report on Minority Women in Somalia in Nairobi in January 2015.

The Ambassador spoke frankly and constructively and called for a continuing dialogue on this important issue. He will be very greatly missed. MRG would like to pass on our heartfelt condolences to all his family, friends and colleagues.

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A closer focus on Endorois women reveals strength and resilience in the face of hardship

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We pulled up to a small mountain town in Kenya's Rift Valley, and got out of the car. I could see a few structures made of corrugated tin, some wooden benches, and the occasional goat or chicken wandering past, but few people. I then spotted a man walking towards us, who introduced himself as the local administrative chief of this location, one of sixteen remote Endorois outposts. Our visit had been arranged in advance, and the chief had been informed of our task for the day: to interview thirty Endorois men and women about the losses they had suffered as a result of their forceful eviction from their ancestral land, Lake Bogoria.
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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.

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Peoples under Threat is Minority Rights Group’s annual authoritative rankings table which highlights those countries around the world where the risk of mass killing is greatest. As an early warning tool, the index has been widely used by UN officials and other human rights and conflict prevention practitioners. For the first time it's now been made available as an online map. Read more...

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