Minority Rights Group International (MRG) Deputy Director, Claire Thomas, writes this opinion piece for the Thomson Reuters News Foundation.+ LEARN MORE
African Sister Office
African Sister Office
Our current work aims to strengthen the voices of marginalized people – addressing capacity building of partners, mentoring, legal empowerment through paralegal training and national and regional advocacy in Kenya, Uganda, DRC, Tanzania and Rwanda. We want to strengthen the voices of these communities in national, regional and international human rights systems, undertake strategic legal cases on minority rights issues, and build the capacity of minority communities at the grassroots level to advocate for change.
Minorities in these countries face high levels of poverty, low access to basic services, low political participation, and suffer human rights violations on a daily basis. In order to create change, we work with marginalized communities to greater understanding of their human rights and resource control issues, strengthen their ability to use the law effectively, and improve their advocacy skills. We want to engage commitment from local, national and international decision-makers to protect minority rights in the long term. Read more about our current projects:
- Realizing the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples in East and Central Africa.
- Various legal cases in Africa
- Mauritania: Gender equality for Haratines
- Minority Realities in the News
- The Somalia Gender Programme
Agnes Kabajuni Africa Regional Manager
Agnes is MRG’s Africa Regional Manager. She has over 16 years of experience in the field of human rights and has extensively worked in research and advocacy, both on international and national levels. Her area of expertise includes cultural rights, women’s rights and ethnic minority and indigenous rights.
Felicien Balikunda Programme Assistant
Felicien is our Programme Assistant. He has six years of experience in the humanitarian field, where he worked as project manager in Uganda, and five years of advocacy experience. He is interested in education and development.
Christine Apio Administrator / Finance Officer
Christine is our Finance & Administration Officer. Among the other things, she prepares financial accounts for Management, donors and auditors and offers finance and administrative support to MRG’s partners.
Janvier Bigrimana – Central and East Africa Legal Officer
Janvier is a Burundi qualified lawyer and human rights activist, with considerable experience representing victims of human rights abuses in East and Central Africa. He has experience in both national and international litigation, has worked as Secretary General of FOCODE (working on transitional justice in Burundi), is an active member of Burundi Bar Association and has also worked with NGOs such as Trial International and Lawyers Without Borders. Janvier joined MRG in December 2016 and speaks both French and English.
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Irish Aid – The Civil Society Fund
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Sylivia Adams Trust
See latest press releases:
- Mauritania: Acceptance of slavery case by African child rights body is a ‘ray of hope,’ say anti-slavery organisations
- Burundi: Gitega High Court decision a victory for Batwa land rights, says MRG
- DRC government must take steps to end ethnic violence in North Kivu, says MRG
- MRG ’broadly welcomes’ American Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples, but expresses concern on lack of need for free, prior and informed consent on land issues
- Mass killings, systematic violent repression follows as extremist groups expand operations in Africa, says MRG
- MRG applauds government on recognition of Wayeyi tribe in Botswana
- Double court victory a potential game changer for slavery in Mauritania
- MRG condemns violence against Kenya’s Ogiek, calls for full investigation
- Bemba guilty verdict upholds doctrine of command responsibility
- Burundi at tipping point, government and international community must do more to prevent escalation of conflict, warns MRG