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

Freedom From Hate

Five organisations from Eastern Europe came together to address the growing concern of online discrimination and hate speech against Europe's biggest minority community, the Roma.

6 Chapters

Minority Stories

Japan’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples: A History of Denial

This online resource profiles Japan’s minorities, indigenous peoples and immigrants. From hate speech and discrimination to exploitation and invisibility, the different challenges experienced by these groups are still entrenched in Japanese society today.

8 Chapters

Minority Stories

The Turkish Minority in Western Thrace

It is estimated that almost a half of the population of Western Thrace, in the northeastern corner of Greece between Turkey, Bulgaria and the Aegean Sea, is ethnic Turkish – but to this day they cannot identify themselves as such. Anna Alboth, MRG Europe’s Media Programmes Coordinator, recently visited the community and highlights some of the challenges that they still face.

6 Chapters

Minority Stories

‘It’s here! Romani sexual dissidence.’

An exploration of gender and sexual dissidency and diversity in Spain’s Gypsy community, based on interviews carried out during Madrid Pride week in June 2018.

9 Chapters

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