As Rwanda mourns, the government must do more to address specific needs of vulnerable Batwa community, international rights group says
As Rwanda commences its week of mourning to mark 20 years after the genocide, MRG is concerned about the government's continued lack of commitment towards the Batwa, one of the most vulnerable communities in Rwanda.
MRG commends the government's efforts towards reconciliation including through instituting commissions promoting national healing but is concerned that its continued outlawing of ethnicity serves to deepen hidden divisions within Rwandan society. Read more...
Burma must allow Rohingya to self-identify in census: MRG
Minority Rights Group International (MRG) is deeply troubled by Burma's decision to hinder the Rohingya minority from participating in the country's national census.
The census, currently being conducted in partnership with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), is intended to collect demographic data from the former military dictatorship for the first time in over thirty years.
But a government spokesperson announced on Saturday that the Rohingya, a stateless Muslim minority living in limbo along the Bangladeshi border, must register as ‘Bengalis' if they wish to be counted. Read more...
Full length documentary from MRG and Hollman Morris: Suárez Gold - Afro-Colombian miners defending their heritage
Afro-Colombians have been carrying out small-scale mining in Colombia’s Cauca region since their ancestors settled there in 1637. Between 2002 and 2010, Colombia’s government gave out 7,500 mining exploration titles to national and foreign companies eager to exploit the country’s precious resources.
In this documentary we hear of the Afro-Colombian community of La Toma’s brave, and sometimes deadly struggle to prevent the invasion of mining companies and defend their ancestral livelihoods at all costs. Watch it in the Minority Voices Newsroom.