MINELRES: MRG e-Bulletin: November 2009

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Minority Rights Group International 
November 2009 

Welcome to the Minority Rights Group International (MRG) email bulletin.
Simply click on the links below in order to access the full news story
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Minority Rights Group requests urgent UN intervention in illegal
eviction of Kenya’s Ogiek community
With over 15,000 Ogiek families facing forced eviction from their
ancestral home, the Mau Forest Complex in Kenya, Minority Rights Group
International (MRGi) has written to several UN experts, urging their
immediate intervention to halt the removals. 
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MRG concerned over remarks made by Irish judge on Roma community
Minority Rights Group International (MRGi) expressed concern this week
over remarks made by a judge in Ireland who reportedly stated that the
Roma community ‘raise' their children to steal. 
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MRG Blog

Team building, learning about minorities in Africa and media training,
all in a few days work for MRG’s media officer Farah Mihlar.
Part 1 of 2: Team blogging – part of the media training in sunny Kampala
It didn't take too long to warm up to Kampala. So much of the city felt
familiar, reminding me of parts of my home country Sri Lanka. 
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Part 2 of 2: Apparently all Africans originate from Ethiopia – new
discovery at MRG media training
We are championing on. I am still typing away as the 18 participants
attending MRG's Kampala media training add their comments to a blog we
are attempting to write jointly. 
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Meet the Campaigners

Agnes Ushang Ingwu
For many activists there is often some personal experience that drives
them to dedicate their life towards a particular cause. For Ushang, it
was watching the struggles of her widowed mother. 
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MRG in the News

A selection of MRG's news coverage over the past month

Uganda: Drought threatens women and girls in East Africa
Some months ago aid agencies began ringing alarm bells about the drought
spreading across East Africa. The human and environmental toll of this
year's prolonged dry season is now very apparent. Less known, however,
is the impact the drought has had on women and children. 
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Iraq: Dispersed by violence, an ancient community struggles to survive
No matter how hard he tries, Baha Abu Kareem can’t get priests off his
mind. The Iraqi east Amman resident has not been able to pray for over
two years, and his community seems to be “lost” without spiritual
guidance, he said. 
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Iraq: Las i var tryckta utgava: Pest eller kolera for Iraks kristna
En nyutgiven rapport fran Minority rights group international, (MRGi),
klargor att flyktingar fran Iraks minoriteter, exempelvis kristna, moter
osakerhet och riskerar att forlora sin religiosa och kulturella
identitet nar de tar sin tillflykt i grannlanderna och Vasteuropa. 
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Sri Lanka: 'Normal' in Sri Lanka is not good enough
Normal in Sri Lanka means journalists who dare to speak out about abuses
by the Sri Lankan government are forced into exile or brutally murdered,
like Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. 
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Coming up

Briefing: Minority rights in Georgia
A new briefing which examines the challenges faced by minority
communities in the country post independence from the Soviet Union.
Scheduled for publication in December 2009.

Briefing: An analysis of the Lisbon Treaty from a minority rights
MRG’s legal team take a fine toothcomb to the Lisbon Treaty and analyse
the implications for minority rights in the European Union. Scheduled
for publication in December 2009.


State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2009
Minority Rights Group’s flagship annual report, produced this year in
conjunction with UNICEF, is on the theme of education. State of the
World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples is an invaluable reference for
policy makers, academics, journalists and everyone who is interested in
the conditions facing minorities and indigenous peoples around the
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PODCAST: Maurice Bryan, author of the Americas chapter of the report,
discusses education and minority and indigenous communities at UNICEF’s
headquarters in New York. 

World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples

The World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples <
http://www..minorityrights.org/directory > covers 220 of the world's
countries and dependent territories, and features profiles of about 700
minorities/indigenous peoples and is an excellent one-stop shop for
journalists, academics, researchers, policy makers and students. Recent
updates include: China -

Jobs and Internships

Arabic-speaking Intern Required
Arabic-speaking intern required for the Research and Advocacy Programme
on Minority Rights and Conflict Prevention. 
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Legal Cases Officer (Temporary Maternity Cover)
MRG is seeking a Legal Cases Officer to work on our Legal Cases
Programme helping MRG realising the rights of minorities and indigenous
peoples round the world, through the use of litigation, legal tools and
other advocacy. 
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Web Editorial Internship
MRG are seeking a tech-savvy intern to work within the Policy and
Communications team. You will help to run our two existing websites and
a blog, and you will also have the opportunity to contribute to the
development of a new multimedia website project. 
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MRG frequently recruits new staff and interns who support our work.
Please see our website for more information:

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 between communities.

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.

Minority Rights Group International
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