Call for Contributions: Minority and Indigenous Trends 2023 – Focus on Water

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Contribute to MRG’s annual flagship publication, edited by Nicolas Salazar Sutil.

Minority Rights Group International invites contributions for its upcoming Minority and Indigenous Trends 2023 flagship publication (see here for past issues). With a readership of up to a million readers worldwide, MRG’s publications are an essential resource for individuals and groups interested in human rights, advocacy, policy, pressure group building and political decision-making. Our upcoming issue will be devoted to the subject of water as it relates to the rights of minority and indigenous groups worldwide.

Increasingly, the life of natural water systems and the right to clean water is being threatened. The global water crisis has had a direct impact on the livelihood and sustenance of millions of people living in local communities during the past year, especially in the context of aggravated environmental degradation worldwide. Global climate change, changing patterns and disruption of water bodies especially (the drying of rivers, lakes, and springs) is compounded by failing systems of governance, policy, and jurisprudence, which have left local communities exposed to numerous and increasingly complex challenges.

From the devastating floods in Pakistan and Australia, to water scarcity in Botswana and other Sub-Saharan countries and water-related political upheaval across the Middle East, through to rising water conflicts in South America, water remains a complex issue given the cross-border, fluid and multi-state nature of water itself. The perspective of minority groups and indigenous peoples is vital in advancing water justice worldwide, especially where local communities act as stewards and protectors of water bodies. The cultural, social, and political rights of minorities across the globe is intimately tied with water rights and the vulnerable state of the world’s water systems.

The impact of extractive industries such as mining, agriculture and farming on water use is especially problematic in the case of local minority groups. The same applies to the impact of utility companies and major water infrastructures, especially damns and canals, which further entrench power asymmetries between water rich and water poor catchments and groups.

This special issue seeks to present a global outlook, highlighting case studies that show how water issues affect minority and indigenous rights worldwide. We particularly welcome stories from minority authors and content developers.

This publication invites paid commissions in the form of three long articles (8,000 words) and around 20 short case studies (1,000 words each). Contributors will be paid a fixed rate. Our fee is € 250 for short case studies and € 1,750 for thematic chapters.

Please send indications of interest and 500-word abstracts by filling out the form below by 1 December 2022.

Some indicative stories we wish to cover in this special issue are: 

  • Black and Latino communities denied clean water in the US (e.g. Jackson, Flint, Nogales);
  • UK’s river pollution crisis, especially in agricultural communities in West England and Wales, impacting local communities;
  • Severe drought, heatwaves and water shortages in Southern Europe affecting local communities (Spain, France, Greece);
  • Denial to water access for Roma communities across Europe;
  • The impact of major floods in Pakistan and Australia;
  • India’s controversial policies on major dam and water infrastructure projects;
  • Stigmatization of Dalits in water policy and governance in Southeast Asia;
  • Water stress among the Uyghur in China, and severe drought in the Yangtze;
  • Water conflict in the context of Israel-Palestine relations;
  • Desertification of major water bodies (e.g., Lake Chad, Arial Sea, Lake Popoo, Colorado River) and impact on communities;
  • Chile’s contested water legislation and water crisis (Petorca) / Bolivia’s ongoing water conflicts;
  • Extreme pollution and corruption related to oil and gas industry impacting communities in the Niger Delta;
  • The plight of Marsh Arabs in Iraq;
  • ‘Uprising of the Thirsty’ in Iran;
  • Rights of rivers movement led by indigenous groups in New Zealand and Australia;
  • Protracted water conflict in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia/ horn of Africa;
  • Drought in the Amazon basin and impact on indigenous communities;
  • Loss of permafrost and impact on local communities (e.g. Sami in Lapland, Artic communities, Antarctic utopian communities).

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