Minority Rights Group International (MRG) Deputy Director, Claire Thomas, writes this opinion piece for the Thomson Reuters News Foundation.+ LEARN MORE
Strategy and Annual Reports
Countering persecution, promoting inclusion
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.
Our work over the past four years has been focused on the twin objectives of countering persecution and promoting inclusion. To the growth of hatred and intolerance we offer a vision based on defending rights and bringing communities together.
We’re reaching the end of four years of hard work. In early 2021, we will publish our new four-year strategy and how we will achieve change.
Download MRG’s annual reports and accounts below:
- Report and Financial Statements 2019
- Report and Financial Statements 2018
- Report and Financial Statements 2017
- Annual Report 2017
- Annual accounts 2016
- MRG’s Strategy 2017-2020
- MRG’s Strategy 2013-2016
- Annual Report 2015
- Report and Financial Statements 2015
- Report and Financial Statements 2014
- Report and Financial Statements 2013
- Annual accounts 2012
- Annual accounts 2011
- Annual accounts 2010
- Annual accounts 2009
- Annual accounts 2008