MINELRES: MRG eBulletin / September 2008
Thu Sep 18 16:27:02 2008
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Trouble in Paradise Campaign update
Wilson Kipkazi, of the Endorois Welfare Council, sent supporters of the
campaign this message:
“The launch of the Trouble in Paradise online campaign is a mile stone in the
Endorois community’s struggle to be recognized as a people who have a right to
the natural resources on their land. The world is a global village, and to
address issues online will expose human rights violations against minority and
indigenous peoples that have been conducted until now with impunity. Natural
justice must prevail at all times.”
Four weeks into the campaign and we’re delighted to announce that we have 260
signatures for our online petition in support of the Endorois, a pastoralist
community from Kenya, evicted from their ancestral lands to make way for a
game reserve in the 1970s.
However, we have a long way to go if we’re to meet our goal of 5000 signatures
by the end of 2008. If you haven’t already done so please add your voice and
banish trouble from paradise by signing the petition at
Find out more about the campaign at
MRG in the news - a selection of the major stories featuring MRG's views
UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a human rights milestone
Paul Mulindwa [Africa project officer, MRG (Africa Office)]: "The coming into
force of this declaration supports the protection and promotion of human
rights of indigenous peoples in the world. It is a landmark declaration that
brought to an end nearly 25 years of debatable discussions over the rights of
indigenous and minority peoples, to protect their lands and resources, and to
maintain their unique cultures and traditions wherever they are located. This
not only fulfills article 27 of ICCPR but also enables its clear
Kenya's honey hunter tribe driven from forest by political unrest
The Ogiek believe they arrived in the Mau forest in the Kenyan Rift Valley as
a punishment, banished by their god for the crime of killing an elephant. He
told them they could only ever eat food from the forest.
New campaign - A Show of Hands: Communities combating climate change
Scheduled launch – mid September
UN member states are locked in negotiations to get a climate change deal
through by 2009, which will set new targets for carbon emissions. Indigenous
and minority communities have been left out of this– and other crucial
negotiations - as governments grapple with how to respond to the threat of
global warming. Their voices must be heard.
MRG needs you
- to give us 'a show of hands' in support of communities worst affected by
- to call on the UN member states to allow minority and indigenous communities
to effectively participate in the current climate change negotiations.
Check the MRG website for more details over the next few weeks.
In the next few months MRG will be publishing reports and briefings on
education in Turkey, the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights, the EULEX
mission in Kosovo and pastoralist women in Africa.
See http://www.minorityrights.org/publications for more details.
What’s new? MRG’s blogs, briefings and online resources
Blog - Minorities in focus
Preti Taneja, MRG’s Commissioning Editor and co-author of an upcoming MRG
report on Iraqi minority refugees, reports back from a research trip to Jordan.
Matilde Ceravolo, MRG’s Fundraiser, tells us about her fascination with
Kampala whilst at an MRG workshop for Batwa women in Uganda.
New briefing paper
Kenya six months on: A new beginning or business as usual?
28 August 2008
The Kenyan government has failed to support vital peace-making efforts aimed
at healing ethnic divisions in the country following the country’s worst
outbreak of violence since independence, says the international human rights
organization Minority Rights Group International in this new briefing paper.
Job opportunities at MRG
MRG is looking for experienced evaluators for the following projects:
1. Combating Discrimination and Promoting Minority Rights in Turkey 2005-2008
For more information visit http://www.minorityrights.org/?lid=7036
2. Strengthening the capacity of African minorities and indigenous peoples to
advocate for the implementation of African regional and international
For more information visit http://www.minorityrights.org/?lid=6807
MRG's World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples
MRG’s online database of the world's minorities and indigenous peoples, The
World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, covers 220 of the
world's countries and dependent territories, and features profiles of about
700 minorities/indigenous peoples. It is a unique resource for policy-makers,
governments, journalists, academics and all those with an interest in the
growing field of minority rights.
For the latest developments visit the The World Directory of Minorities and
Indigenous Peoples' most recently updated country pages on Abkhazia, Algeria,
Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Central
African Republic, Colombia and Chile.
Minority Rights Group International (MRG) is a non-governmental organization
working to secure the rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities
and indigenous peoples worldwide, and to promote cooperation and understanding
MRG is a registered charity no. 282305, and has consultative status with the
United Nations Economic and Social Council and observer status with the
African Commission for Human and Peoples' Rights.
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