MINELRES: MRG e-Bulletin: January 2010

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Minority Rights Group International 
January 2010

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Bosnian Jew and Roma win challenge in European Court of Human Rights
against bar on running for public office
The European Court of Human Rights today ruled that Bosnia's
constitution violates the rights of a Bosnian Jew and a Bosnian Roma in
barring them from standing for high office. 
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Discrimination still a barrier to effective political participation for
minorities and indigenous peoples, says MRG on Human Rights Day
As the world marks Human Rights Day, which in 2009 focuses on
non-discrimination, minorities and indigenous peoples continue to face a
multitude of barriers to effective participation, including in political
processes, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG). 
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Open doors to indigenous and minority communities at Copenhagen climate
change conference - MRG
Communities worst affected by climate change can no longer remain on the
fringes while states take critical decisions at the UN climate change
conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, Minority Rights Group International
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Photo Story: How climate change is affecting communities in Nepal
Jared Ferrie, MRG's Regional Information Officer for Asia, illustates
how climate change is effecting communities in Nepal. 
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MRG 'deeply concerned' by Swiss ban on minarets
A Swiss referendum which bans Muslims from building new minarets could
lead to marginalisation and discrimination of Muslim minorities in the
country, and may place Switzerland in violation of its international
legal obligations, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG). 
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MRG Blog

The Right to be Cold
Carl Soderbergh, MRG's Director of Policy and Communications reports
back from a mock tribunal on climate change in his native Stockholm. 
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Meet Minority Rights Activists

Politics, diversity and exclusion – sound bites from the UN Forum on
Minority Issues
The second UN Forum on Minority Issues took place in Geneva in November
2009. This year's Forum brought hundreds of minority representatives
from the four corners of the globe together, with a special focus on
political participation. MRG’s Media Officer, Emma Eastwood, was there
to record this impressive gathering, and here provides excerpts from
delegates' speeches. 
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MRG in the News

A selection of MRG's news coverage over the past month
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: Court says Bosnian constitution discriminatory
(CNN) Bosnia's constitution violates European human rights law by
banning Jews, Roma and other ethnic minorities from running for
president or the upper chamber of Parliament, the European Court of
Human Rights ruled. 
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PAKISTAN - Christmas threats stoke fear among Pakistani Christians
Christmas in Gojra, where a tent camp houses Christians who lost their
homes to a rampaging Muslim mob, will be celebrated not with decorations
and cheer but with fear of another attack. 
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KENYA - Kenya forcing removal of Ogiek people under forest conservation
The Ogiek people, East Africa’s honey-hunting forest dwellers, are about
to lose their home, according to Minority Rights International (MRG).
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IRAQ - Jordanian pastor to global Church: Help Iraqi Christian refugees
in their heartbreaking plight
A Catholic pastor is rallying Church leaders in the Holy Land and around
the world to come to the aid of Iraqi Christian refugees facing extended
exile and faint hopes of finding a secure future in their own country or
any other.
Read more: http://www.catholic-sf.org/news_select.php?newsid=&id=56663

PALANAN, PHILIPPINES - A Deplorable State for World's Minorities
A lizard catcher, Tayak, 21, belongs to the Agta tribe, a vanishing
group of indigenous peoples in the Philippines numbering less than a
thousand. They have lived here in the Sierra Madre rainforest for
hundreds of years. 
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SRI LANKA - Farah Mihlar: A welcome step, but crisis of displaced people
is far from over
After six months of being held in detention camps, 130,000 Tamil
internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been granted a basic human
right – freedom of movement. 
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MRG briefing: Breaking the cycle of Exclusion: Minority rights in
Georgia today
MRG's new briefing says that ethnic tension could rise in Georgia unless
the government, in line with international standards, puts in place
robust domestic laws to protect minority rights. The briefing also warns
that the situation in Georgia could significantly deteriorate, due to
rising waves of unrest and tension with neighbouring Russia, over the
breakaway territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. 
Download a copy of this briefing:

Coming Up

Watch this space for upcoming MRG publications on minorities in Somalia
and how the recent European Court ruling will affect BiH’s constitution.

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: Georgia -

Jobs and Internships

Call for Campaigning Filmmakers

Minority Rights Group International invites independent documentary
filmmakers with experience in the NGO sector to tender for a mid-length
documentary film on: Indigenous people affected by climate change in
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Street Theatre Project Officer: based either London or Kampala
Minority Rights Group International (MRG) has secured funding for an
innovative new programme working with partners in Botswana, Dominican
Republic, Kenya and Rwanda using participatory street theatre to
challenge racism. Candidates should have at least one year of experience
of running participatory theatre and/or improvised drama performances. 
Read more:

Programmes Assistant (Africa and Legal Cases)
MRG is seeking a Programmes Assistant (Africa and Legal Cases) to work
on our Africa and Legal Cases Programmes helping MRG realise the rights
of minorities and indigenous peoples around the world. 
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Challenging Racism through Street Theatre Project – Call for external
Minority Rights Group International (MRG) has secured funding for an
innovative new programme working with partners in Botswana, Dominican
Republic, Kenya and Rwanda using participatory street theatre to
challenge racism. We are looking to recruit an external consultant (this
could be either an individual or an organisation) who will be contracted
to provide advice and assistance throughout the project. 
Read more:

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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