MRG statement to UN on human rights situation in Iraq

Christian home in Iraq
Inside a Christian home in Northern Iraq

The region where the so-called Islamic State and associated groups operate is home to a very rich diversity of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, including Turkmen, Yezidis, Chaldo-Assyrian Christians and Shabaks. They are particularly affected by the tragic events unfolding since June 2014. On the one hand because these minorities are specifically targeted by these groups, on religious and ethnic grounds. On the other hand, because they constitute vulnerable groups, lacking political support and effective protection from the Iraqi authorities. As a consequence, Iraq's multi-ethnic and multi-religious future is today at grave risk.

The international community must play its part in ensuring that the country is not emptied of some of the world's most ancient minorities, and the dispatching of an OHCHR mission to monitor, investigate and report on the situation is welcome in that context. Read more...

MRG Blog

‘Get out there and get it’ – Women and Leadership in Kenya

Kenya Suba women elders
Jennipher Atieno with Suba women elders.
Laura Young/MRG


Giulia Di Mattia, Programme Officer at Minority Rights Group International, interviewed Jennipher Atieno, the new Minister for Education, Youth, Culture and Social Services for Kisumu County in Kenya, who has dedicated her life to empowering marginalised women. Read more...

MRG Documentary films

Dead on Paper - New MRG documentary

Dead on paper

In this compelling new film a group of Egyptian Baha'is tell their story of arbitrary arrests and violence, their legal battle for recognition, and their enduring faith, in spite of the fact that the government does not recognize their religion.

Watch a trailer on MRG's YouTube channel.

For more information, or to organise a screening of the film contact Sarah El Ashmawy - .

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