Minority Rights Group is the leading global organization working for and with ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, and indigenous peoples worldwide.

For over 50 years, we have campaigned alongside these communities to achieve more equitable, inclusive and peaceful societies.

In recent years, we have seen spikes in violent attacks against minorities and indigenous peoples because of their ethnic or religious identities. Online hate speech against these communities is rampant, and those defending minority and indigenous rights are increasingly under attack.

Minorities and indigenous peoples are targeted by populist governments and presented as scapegoats for serious governance failures in addressing economic and social issues and combatting the climate crisis.

Today, rights-based organizations like ours have been forced into defending spaces that were uncontested prior to the rise of populism.

We are strongly committed to defending the human rights of minorities and indigenous peoples and will not rest while these attacks continue. We know that much remains to be done. By 2024, we dare to believe that the world will be a different place for minority and indigenous communities.

Combatting persecution

Many minority and indigenous rights defenders operate in increasingly hostile environments, often in countries where democratic space is shrinking drastically and where persecution and intimidation are taking new forms. Targeted online hate speech is increasing exponentially, affecting more and more communities – as clearly demonstrated by the role social media played in the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar.

These tendencies are echoed in countries as varied as Egypt, India and the Philippines, and affect communities as diverse as Roma in Europe and religious minorities in Pakistan which experience online hate daily.

Challenging marginalisation

We frequently see minority and indigenous communities forced to live on the outskirts of society, robbed of opportunities and livelihoods, and deprived of access to basic public services such as health and education.

Our work ensures that marginalised communities and those who seek to foster inclusion can gain access to every opportunity.

Supporting communities in this way will ensure a more sustainable world for everyone and means that more people are empowered to challenge marginalisation and exclusion when they arise.

Realising climate justice

The marginalisation of minorities and indigenous peoples is also reflected in the climate crisis the world is experiencingThese communities, which have often contributed the least to the damage being inflicted to the planet, are among those which now are asked to pay the highest price. At the same time, the representatives of minority and indigenous communities are hardly ever in the room when decisions are taken that affect them.

Climate justice can only be achieved by ensuring that the voices, lived experience and knowledge of minorities and indigenous peoples are included in the debates and policies addressing the current crisis.


Making a real difference, to real people



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Our approach

Human rights-based approach

We identify rights holders and duty bearers, assess power dynamics and capacities, and embed the principles of community ownership, transparency and accountability into all our projects.

‘Do no harm’ perspective

We do this by identifying and highlighting risks continuously with support from our partners and ensuring that we mitigate against those risks wherever possible.

Participatory planning

We only respond to needs identified directly by communities through their representatives and always involve those affected when planning our activities.

Inclusive approach

We recognise that there are people who may face additional discrimination within minority and indigenous communities and make sure that no one gets left behind.


We realise that we too are implicated in a system that has produced and upheld racism and continues to do so today. We have committed to reflecting on and evaluating the stances we take as well as our policies and practices. We also commit to making our progress public and transparent, so that we can guard ourselves against contributing, even indirectly, to racial injustice and hold ourselves accountable.

Forming partnerships

We form partnerships with organizations which share our objectives and values. Some approach us and ask for our support; other partnerships are formed when we identify communities at risk and establish contact with their representatives. Relationships can also build on connections that are made when activists attend our training and other events.

What you can do


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