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We believe that building networks and coalitions is a key element in the protection of human rights.

Minority Rights Group Europe (MRGE) was established in 1996 in Budapest as an independent organization under the wider Minority Rights Group family. We aim to promote and protect minority and indigenous peoples’ rights with a primary regional focus on Europe and Central Asia. We have recently focused on South Asia and the bordering regions of the Southern Mediterranean, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Our work addresses the exclusion of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities through capacity development and empowerment, media advocacy and networking. Our portfolio includes training activists and media professionals, developing narratives that counter hate speech, producing authoritative materials on key minority rights issues and supporting activists in getting their voices heard. Additionally, we operate with an intersectional lens, paying particular attention to how multiple and intersecting identities shape the lives of minorities and indigenous peoples.

Our programmes are designed to strengthen civil society by providing financial, technical and legal support, building capacity and supporting advocacy. We have strong relationships with many partners in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Türkiye and Central and South Asia. Increasingly, we are a facilitator that bolsters collaboration between civil society organizations (CSOs) at national and regional levels.  

In Europe, for example, we established the Eastern Partnership Minorities Network, counting 80 member organizations, 200+ journalists in Central Europe, and the first-ever network of minority organizations in Türkiye. We are also active members of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum and the Civic Solidarity Platform. Meanwhile, in Asia, we have supported the emergence of regional collaboration among religious minority organizations such as the South Asia Collective.  

As our work expands, so does our presence. We are closely connected to various regional and international human rights mechanisms. Our office maintains a dialogue with the OSCE, while we are supported by advisors in Brussels close to EU institutions, and in Geneva close to UN agencies. Our network of regional correspondents keeps us abreast of developments in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Our office in Budapest acts as a focal point for multiple CSO networks, supporting joint advocacy initiatives towards the EU institutions, the OSCE and the Council of Europe.

26

countries

worked in to date

250

civil society organizations

partnered with

540

grantees

supported to work on activities benefitting minorities and indigenous peoples

Our staff

  • Ágnes Dinnyés

    Roma Programmes Assistant

    Ágnes is a Roma Programmes Assistant at MRG Europe.

    Andrea Spitálszky

    Legal Programmes Coordinator

    Andrea is a lawyer running projects related to discrimination and countering hate speech against Roma in Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans.

    Anna Alboth

    Media Officer 

    Anna coordinates at MRG media programmes, media events (training, webinars, Sofa Talks) and stays in touch with journalists and media organizations.

    Antonio García Cazorla

    Europe Programmes Assistant

    Antonio joined MRGE in April 2023 as Europe Programmes Assistant. He is a psychologist with a master’s degree in equality and gender.

    Eda Erdogan

    Turkey Programme Assistant

    Eda joined MRG in October 2023. She is a Clinical and Health Psychologist and is our Turkish Programme Assistant.

    Gergely Balog

    Europe Finance Officer

    Gergely joined MRG Europe to strengthen the Finance team in June 2023. He is an economist graduated from the Budapest University of Economics.

    Ifra Asad

    Grants Manager

    Ifra Asad joined MRG in 2018, with prior experience in in civil society organizations concerning women’s rights and children’s education in Karachi and Islamabad, Pakistan.

    Jad El Dilati

    MENA Programme Coordinator

    Jad is the Middle East and North Africa Programme Coordinator. He joined MRG in August 2023.

    Janis Volberts

    MARIO Latvia Liaison Officer

    Janis joined MRG in January 2023. He was Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow (2018-2019) at Boston University.

    Karol Wilczynski

    MARIO Poland Liaison Officer

    Karol joined MRG in December 2022. With a PhD in Islamic Philosophy, he is part of the MARIO project supporting minority organizations in Poland.

    Kenza Yousfi

    MENA Assistant

    Nancy Borisova

    MARIO Bulgaria Liaison Officer

    Nancy is MRG’s Liaison Officer in Bulgaria. She joined MRG in January 2023.

    Nasrin Charong

    Thailand Programme Assistant

    Nasrin graduated from the Faculty of Political Science, in the field of International relations from Prince of Songkla University, Pattani campus.

    Neil Clarke

    Head of Legal Programmes and EU Advocacy

    Neil joined MRG’s programmes department in 2004, working in MRG’s Africa, Asia and Europe teams.

    Nejra Kadić Meškić

    MARIO Croatia Liaison Officer

    Nejra Kadić Meškić is the CEO of the Centre for Cultural Dialogue, which builds intercultural societies and fights growing mistrust and polarization.

    Nicole Girard

    Norad Religious Minorities and Southeast Asia Coordinator

    Nicole has worked on MRG’s programmes in Asia since 2010.

    Nurangiz Khodzharova

    OSCE Programmes Coordinator

    Nurangiz joined MRG Europe in February 2023 to coordinate MRG’s projects in Central Asia and OSCE advocacy efforts.

    Renata Rosa Raab

    Operations Officer

    Renata Rosa joined MRG Europe in July 2021. Her main tasks consist of financial and general programme support at the Budapest office.

    Robert Nemeth

    Media Consultant

    Sahar Albashir

    Lebanon Liaison and Communications Officer

    Sahar joined MRG in November 2023 as the Liaison and Communications Officer for Lebanon.

    Sanae Alouazen

    Morocco Liaison Officer

    Sanae is a researcher and project coordinator committed to fostering collaboration between academia and civil society.

    Simona Simkute

    MARIO Lithuania Liaison Officer

    Simona joined MRG in October 2023. She previously worked in the humanitarian aid sector on internally displaced persons and refugee response in Uganda, Tunisia and Poland.

    Szilvia Heidl

    Finance Officer

    Szilvia graduated in economics. She has been working in the non-profit sector since the beginning, for almost 20 years now.

    Viktor Teru

    Viktoria Villanyi-Nosko

    Senior Finance Officer

    Viktoria is responsible for the overall financial management of the Budapest office.

    Yousef AlAbsi

    Finance and Programme Assistant

    Yousef is MRG’s Finance and Programme Assistant in Hungary. He joined MRG in May 2023.

    Zsófia Farkas

    Managing Director

    Zsófia is the Managing Director of Minority Rights Group Europe responsible for Eastern and Central Europe, Eastern Partnership and Central Asia.

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Our current programmes

MRG Legal Officer Andrea Spitalszkly speaking at a roundtable on cases of discrimination against Roma. Credit: Emília Lola Eördögh

Omoye Akhagba of subgrantee Fundacja dla Somalii speaking at MRG’S MARIO programme central training in Budapest, October 2023. Credit: Emília Lola Eördögh.

Zsofia Farkas, MRG Europe director, speaking at MRG’S MARIO programme central training in Budapest, October 2023. Credit: Emília Lola Eördögh.

MARIO programme team Tamás Büchler, Antonio García Cazorla and Ifra Asad (left-right) pictured outside the European Commission during the MARIO programme’s exchange and advocacy meetings in Brussels, October 2023. Credit: Tamás Büchler/MRG

The MRG Europe team. Credit: MRG.

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