MRG is the leading international human rights organisation working to secure rights for ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous people around the world.
We work with minority communities, providing education and training to enable them to claim their rightful place in society. We lobby governments and the United Nations alongside and on behalf of minorities. We publish authoritative reports that are widely valued by academics and journalists, while our pioneering legal cases programme is advancing the protection of minorities under international law.
Our work offers overwhelming evidence that the inclusion of minority communities leads to stronger, more cohesive societies. We believe it is clear that exclusion can result in instability, conflict, and in the most extreme cases, genocide. We have worked with over 150 partners across some 60 countries for more than 40 years to promote peaceful coexistence and sustainable social change.
Our programmes work with local peoples on capacity building, advocacy, education and poverty reduction processes. They are aimed at empowerment for minorities, who often lack access to political participation and decision-making processes and frequently have damaging development policies imposed upon them. These minorities may also be discriminated against in education, employment, health care, housing and land rights.
''The capacity of the minority and indigenous groups in Rivers, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom States have been improved given the advocacy training and sensitization workshops held with them on the issues of minority and indigenous peoples rights.'' MOSOP, Nigeria
Our programmes focus on building understanding and action around international legal standards, as well as helping communities advocate for their own rights at a national, regional and international level.
In the past few years we have run programmes to support minorities in countries as diverse as the Philippines, Ethiopia and Bulgaria, to name but a few.