Tag Archives: minority rights

German Poles to Vote in Upcoming German Election

A decision by Germany’s high court means that Poles with German ancestry can now take part in September’s general election via absentee ballot. For many members of the minority group, the change is of huge symbolic importance. Previous governments in Berlin have argued that those who have never resided in Germany are not connected to […]

Internship at the Minority Rights Group International

Deadline for applications: 9 am (GMT), 11 September 2013 Intern sought for MRG’s Research, Advocacy and Capacity-building Programme on Minority Rights and Conflict Prevention The main focus of this internship will be research into the participation of representatives of minority/indigenous communities in peace processes. In addition we have country-focussed programmes; the focus countries at present […]

Brazilian Tribes Fight for Their Land

Fazenda Buriti is one of 62 farms in the state that the indigenous people have overrun, part of their revolt against the government from the Amazon region to the southern Pampas area. They are fighting for their land, protecting the borders of their reservations, resisting the construction of hydroelectric power plants in their regions and […]

EU debates biopiracy law to protect indigenous people

The European parliament is debating a draft biopiracy law requiring industry to compensate indigenous people if it makes commercial use of local knowledge such as plant-based medicines. Under the law – based on the international convention on access to biodiversity, the Nagoya protocol – the pharmaceuticals industry would need the written consent of local or indigenous people before exploring their […]

Croatians protest against Cyrillic signs

Tens of thousands of people have staged a protest against plans to introduce street signs written in the Cyrillic alphabet for the minority ethnic Serbs of Vukovar, a Croatian town ravaged by Serb rebels at the start of the 1990s war. Sunday’s protest drew some 25,00 people, many of them veterans of Croatia’s 1991-95 war. Some […]

‘Idle No More’ inspires Canada’s indigenous

For 37 years, Gary Wassaykeesic has been seeking justice for his mother, who died on a remote reserve for indigenous people in Canada. Canadian law enforcement and the federal government have historically turned a blind eye to crimes committed on First Nations reserves, critics say. His quest to bring the alleged killer to justice has […]

Amazon tribe threatens to declare war amid row over Brazilian dam project

An Amazonian community has threatened to “go to war” with the Brazilian government after what they say is a military incursion into their land by dam builders. The Munduruku indigenous group in Para state say they have been betrayed by the authorities, who are pushing ahead with plans to build a cascade of hydropower plants on the Tapajós […]