What we do
We support minorities and indigenous peoples to secure their rights in the following ways:
We support the advocacy initiatives of minority and indigenous community representatives. We also conduct advocacy at the national, regional and international levels to ensure that governments and international agencies respect and promote minority and indigenous peoples’ rights.
Our pioneering legal work advances the protection of minorities and indigenous peoples under international law.
We have trained thousands of minority and indigenous activists in advocacy, campaigning, communications, law and more. We also deliver training to journalists in effective and ethical reporting on minority and indigenous issues.
Our work and continuous evaluation of our efforts offer overwhelming evidence that the inclusion of minority and indigenous communities leads to stronger, more cohesive societies.
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 continuously identify and highlight risks, with support from our partners, and ensure that we mitigate against those risks wherever possible.
We only respond to needs identified directly by communities through their representatives and always involve those affected when planning our activities.
We recognize that there are people who may face additional discrimination within minority and indigenous communities and make sure that no one gets left behind.
Together with almost 300 partner organizations in 60 countries, we co-design programmes using human rights-based approaches that emphasize participation, inclusion, remedies, restitution and sustainability.
We regularly advise a wide range of institutions such as UN agencies, government departments and private companies, on issues regarding inclusion, diversity and minority and indigenous rights. We never undertake such work where it has the potential to endanger our independence or our relationships with minority or indigenous communities.
A Sunuwar participant at a public awareness rising gathering on Nepal’s census organised by CEMSOJ in September 2021, Hawa, Dolakha, Nepal. Credit: Bishal Rajbhandari/CEMSOJ
Saadia Mosbah, Founder of Mnemty, MRG’s partner in Tunisia, holds a sign that reads ‘I am for a beautiful and plural Tunisia. I fight for diversity, difference and equal opportunities.’ Credit: Mnemty