Author Archives: minorityrights

A closer focus on Endorois women reveals strength and resilience in the face of hardship

RebeccaRebecca Marlin is currently the Legal Fellow at Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in London. She earned her B.A. from Wellesley College and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. During her time at MRG she will be working extensively with the Endorois to achieve implementation of the 2010 African Commission decision granting them rights to Lake Bogoria. Continue reading

Cambodia: A haunting past and an uncertain future

Headshot-Gabor-TothGabor Toth is a Hungarian television journalist. He recently travelled with MRG to Cambodia under the Minority Realities Programme. Here he recalls his journey and the harrowing stories he heard along the way.

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Can Sri Lanka’s minorities dare to hope for change from the nation’s new President?

Farah MihlarFarah Mihlar is a Sri Lankan Muslim human rights activist and academic who works as a conflict prevention co-ordinator at Minority Rights Group International and is currently on maternity leave. She started her career as a journalist and has reported on the country’s ethnic conflict for over a decade. She is currently doing a PhD on Islamic extremism in Muslim minority contexts. Continue reading

A real Kenyan ‘safari’

Frederick Womakuyu, MRG's Media Officer (Africa office)Frederick Womakuyu, MRG’s Africa Information Officer, reports back from an emotional trip escorting young EU13 journalists to visit a remote and marginalised Kenyan indigenous community. Continue reading

“Land grabbing” in Africa: An emerging legal framework highlights a lack of accountability for the UK’s role in the violation of land rights

RebeccaLast month, in honour of Human Rights Day on the 8th of December, the London law firm Leigh Day hosted an event entitled “‘Land Grabs,’ Human Rights, and the UK.” Rebecca Marlin, MRG’s legal Fellow, reports back. Continue reading

Armed only with their Dignity

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Gay J. McDougall

Gay J. McDougall is Chair of MRG’s International Council and is currently the Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Fordham Law School Leitner Center for International Law and Justice. She served as the first UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues from 2005 through 2011. Here she tells us of the struggle and courage of a group of Afro-Colombian she met on a recent trip to the country. Continue reading

Europe: Minorities are protected, but by whom?

alexAlexandra Veloy, MRG’s Fundraising Intern, muses on the shifting patterns of minority rights protection in Europe.

On 3rd September, an event entitled ‘Citizenship, Minority Rights and Justice’ took place at the University of Sussex. The event was part of a series of workshops organised by the Sussex European Institute, New Europeans and the Sussex Centre for Responsibilities, Rights and the Law, to discuss current issues affecting minorities in Europe. Continue reading