Working to secure the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples

Minority Rights Group International campaigns worldwide with around 130 partners in over 60 countries to ensure that disadvantaged minorities and indigenous peoples, often the poorest of the poor, can make their voices heard.

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Minority stories from around the globe

This unique digital platform brings the stories of minority and indigenous groups into focus by offering in-depth multi-media story packs covering the important topics.

Minority Stories

Life in a Roma settlement at the edge of the European Union

As part of MRG’s project ‘A Partnership for All: Developing Strategies for Socio-Economic Cooperation Between Roma Communities and Local Authorities in Ukraine’, funded by the European Union, our Senior Media Officer Emma Eastwood paid a visit to a Roma community to see for herself what living conditions were like for one of Europe’s most marginalized minorities.

4 Chapters

Denial and Denigration: How Racism Feeds Statelessness

Everyone has the right to a nationality. Yet, many millions of people worldwide are stateless. Minorities and indigenous peoples are especially vulnerable to statelessness. Through research, films, photos and case studies, this website explores how statelessness is often an outcome of discrimination and racism.

15 Chapters

Audio-visual conclusions from a research trip to Cuba in May 2016

‘¡Homofobia no! ¡Socialismo sí!’ Identity, culture, gender and sexuality in today’s Cuba

This website investigates the relationship and intersection between Afro-Cuban culture and ethnicity, Santería religion and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) communities, and hopes to reflect their celebratory, and critical voices, at a time of great change in Cuba.

7 Chapters

Reports from Pakistan: Tracing the challenges facing religious minorities

This resource highlights violations faced by religious minorities in Pakistan, drawing on incident reports from local sources.

8 Chapters

Culture and heritage

Minority and indigenous cultures around the world are seriously under threat, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in its annual flagship report, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, which focuses in 2016 on culture and heritage.

12 Chapters

Minority Stories

Life at the Margins: The Challenges of Multiple Discrimination

Minorities and indigenous peoples, already marginalised, face further challenges on account of other aspects of their identity – their age, gender, livelihood, disabilities, sexuality or gender identity. These groups suffer multiple forms of discrimination that leave them especially vulnerable to exploitation, not only by majorities and official power structures, but also from others within their own community.

11 Chapters

Available in English and Spanish

Statelessness in the Dominican Republic

Dominicans of Haitian descent very often cannot have access to education, health care, work, travel, justice or get married in the country where they belong. Through interviews, a documentary and legal research, this publication describes the extremely difficult situation of this minority community in the Caribbean.

8 Chapters

Minority Stories

Afro-Descendants: A Global Picture

This story pack highlights the marginalized histories, current challenges and future prospects of Afro-Descendant communities in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East and North Africa. Drawing on a range of case studies, it seeks to highlight the invisibility and discrimination that persist for people of African descent to this day, as well as celebrate their achievements as activists, artists and citizens.

4 Chapters

Minority Stories

Rights and Reconciliation for Women in Sri Lanka

178 women affected by war in Sri Lanka used drawing and poetry to explore their feeling about the war, their losses, reconciliation and the future. This project highlights, through their art, the hopes and fears of minority women and their thoughts on the possibility of reconciliation.

6 Chapters