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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Stateless Future for Dominicans of Haitian descent?

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Hundreds of thousands of Haitian migrants, as well as Dominicans of Haitian descent, face imminent risk of deportation from the country they call home. 17th June 2015 was the deadline for them to register for the country's regularisation plan, giving them 45 days to complete their applications, whilst those who did not register in time face being deported. Read more...

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UN Human Rights Council delegates hear devastating testimony of impact of Iraq conflict on women and girls

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.

The event featured a special video message from Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Ms. Bangura described her recent visit to Iraq and Syria, when she met with victims of conflict-related sexual violence, especially women and girls from the Yezidi minority. She described the shock she felt upon hearing their stories, including one girl who had been subjected to forced marriage 22 times in four years. 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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