Minority Rights Group International (MRG) Deputy Director, Claire Thomas, writes this opinion piece for the Thomson Reuters News Foundation.+ LEARN MORE
At MRG, we believe – and know from experience – that culture can be a potent force for protecting and promoting human rights of minorities and indigenous peoples worldwide.
Cultural methods, such as street theatre, film, music and literature have a unique ability to challenge discriminatory and racist attitudes endemic to many societies. Cultural expressions can empower marginalized communities and peoples to better defend their human rights.
Today, MRG is at the global forefront of using culture as a human rights instrument.
Our track record from Sub-Saharan and North Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean demonstrates the variety of ways in which culture can support minorities and indigenous peoples. We look forward to continuing and expanding this work together with local and international partners.
Below are examples of cultural programmes managed or implemented by MRG.
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