Minority Rights Group International (MRG) Deputy Director, Claire Thomas, writes this opinion piece for the Thomson Reuters News Foundation.+ LEARN MORE
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Religious and ethnic persecution is rising across the world and forcing an unprecedented number of people to flee their homes. Meanwhile, official statistics in the US, Britain and in other countries across Europe show a dramatic increase last year in hate crimes against minorities.
At Minority Rights Group International, we believe that the root causes of persecution are being ignored and that governments need to take action. We say that many migrants are pushed out of their homes by hatred and discrimination and deserve our respect. Instead of campaigning on platforms of hatred, political leaders need to defend fundamental rights and respect diversity.
We believe that walls are not the solution. ‘Us and Them’ is not the solution. Those who stereotype by faith, who demonise whole communities and foster division, need to be challenged.
At Minority Rights Group International we are working to ensure policies are built on facts, not stereotypes. We are focusing attention on the root causes of religious and ethnic persecution in the Middle East and in South and South-East Asia. We are promoting inclusive development and countering discrimination in Africa and Latin America. And we are challenging hate speech and intolerance in Europe, North America and beyond.
Minority Rights Group International is building links between people across barriers, borders and cultures. We believe in mutual respect between religions. But that can only happen when minority and indigenous voices are empowered, supported and respected. It means actively listening to the voices of women in particular. And it includes ensuring that indigenous peoples have the final say in how their lands are developed and their environment protected.
In February 2021, we published our new strategy for the 2021-2024 period, which details how we will achieve change.
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We would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support towards our work:
- Blanes Trust
- Commonwealth Foundation for Democracy
- Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust
- Ericson Charitable Trust
- Eva Reckitt Charitable Trust
- European Commission
- Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Freedom Fund
- Irish Aid
- Netherlands Foreign Ministry
- Pilkington Charitable Trust
- Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation (SIDA)
- Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust
- T.H. Brunner Charitable Trust
- UK Aiddirect
- US D.R.L.
- Visegrad Fund
We also would like to take this opportunity to thank all our individual donors who have supported us generously over the last year.
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