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Nov 08, 2017

Batwa: Radio Station Gives Hope and a New Perspective to Struggles of Indigenous Community

The article below was published by: Reuters Sixteen-year-old Elisée Nyanokonzo used to be afraid to walk alone around the streets of Mbandaka, the crumbling provincial of Équateur Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As a Batwa pygmy, Nyanokonzo was constantly fearful of being taunted or attacked by someone from the majority Bantu population, known to routinely stigmatize the...

Nov 08, 2017

Batwa: Radio Station Gives Hope and a New Perspective...

Photo courtesy of Brian Harries A radio station in Mbandaka, a provincial town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo trains young Batwa to become youth reporters. The radio show aims to bring attention...

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Nov 03, 2017

Batwa: Murder of Pygmy Native Raises Questions...

Below is an article by SPIEGEL Christian Nakulire was shot to death on the morning of August 26. He was walking in Kahuzi-Biéga National Park in eastern Congo with his father, looking for plants...

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Sep 18, 2017

Batwa: Killing of a Pygmy Native Draws Strong...

 Below is an article published by Mongabay An organization that advocates on behalf of forests and forest peoples, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), says that a key land reform issue is to blame for...

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Jul 15, 2017

Fog of Bwindi Screening Sheds Light on Struggles...

“Fog of Bwindi” tells the story of the Batwa, who for thousands of years lived peacefully as hunter-gatherers in the Bwindi forest within the southwestern region of Uganda. In 1991, the...

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Jul 10, 2017

Cinema of the Unrepresented: Fog of Bwindi, the...

  This 24-minute film traces the struggle of the Batwa pygmies in Bwindi Forest following their eviction from their ancestral forest lands. Director Anna Bohlmark, a columnist and narrative movie...

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Apr 19, 2017

Batwa: Denied Land Ownership in Burundi

  The article below was published by Ecofin Agency:  In Burundi, the Batwa ethnic minority denounces its exclusion from land ownership, as compared to Hutu and Tutsi majorities. An injustice...

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Feb 24, 2017

Batwa: New Documentary Highlights the Plight of...

  The following article was published by The Hindu:   The next time you marvel at the mountain gorillas at the national park in Uganda, you would do well to do a bit of soul searching. Laudable...

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Feb 16, 2017

Batwa: Traditional Communities Caricaturised for...

The article below was published by New Vision: “Cry not fellow countrymen for the lost forest,” the minister of state for tourism consoled the Batwa community in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest....

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Feb 13, 2017

Batwa: Indigenous Man Imprisoned for Hunting on...

  The article below was published by Survival International: A Batwa “Pygmy” man is facing up to five years in prison for hunting a small antelope inside Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable...

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Jan 24, 2017

Batwa: Rwanda Must Make More Effort to Improve...

  The following article was published by AllAfrica:   Joseph Ngizwenimana is from the Rubavu district of Rwanda. He belongs to the Batwa community which is considered among the Marginalised...

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Jan 09, 2017

Batwa: Traditional Music to Preserve Threatened...

  The following article was published by Intercontinental Cry:   In 1992, as pressure from international conservation groups to protect the great forests of Uganda mounted, the indigenous...

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Nov 23, 2016

Batwa: Youth Dialogue Between Different Ethnic...

Below is an article published by UNICEF: “My life has been so hard. I have been living in fear all the time. Since the beginning of the previous war in 1993, me and my family had to move from one...

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Oct 19, 2016

Batwa: Family Wins Decade Long Land Rights Di...

Below is an article published by the Minority Rights Group International: Minority Rights Group International (MRG) welcomes the recent decision of the High Court of Gitega in Burundi to enforce a 1975...

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Oct 04, 2016

Batwa: Wildlife Conservation to the Detriment...

  The article below was published in BBC News: Two decades ago Batwa pygmies were thrown out of their native forests in Uganda to make way for the country's mountain gorilla tourism. Tommy Trenchard...

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May 04, 2016

Batwa: UN Periodic Review Discusses Discrimination...

Below is an article published by All Africa.   Expulsion of Rwanda’s Batwa people from their forest habitat has forced them to live as beggars and put them in danger of “extinction,”...

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Apr 21, 2016

Batwa: Just One of Many Minority Groups Whose...

  Below is an article by the AllAfrica: According to the Minority Rights Group International (MRG), marginalised groups around the world have been adversely affected by exploitation of the resources...

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Apr 07, 2016

Batwa: 22nd Genocide Commemoration in Rwanda

  Below is an article published by the United Nations. In 1994, more than 800,000 people were systematically murdered throughout Rwanda.  The vast majority were Tutsi, but moderate Hutu, Twa...

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Mar 31, 2016

UNPO Mission to Rwanda Highlights Batwa Community's...

During the mission, thanks to the collaboration of the Young Women Christian’s Association (YWCA), one of UNPO’s partners in Rwanda, the Secretariat’s representative had the chance to...

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Mar 23, 2016

Batwa: The History and Culture of a Marginalized...

  Below is an article published by This is Africa:  A man, Kihanga, had three sons named Katutsi, Kahutu and Katwa. One day he called his three sons and gave each of them a gourd full of milk....

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Feb 04, 2016

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Nov 27, 2015

Batwa: Ugandan Government Urged to Ensure a Better...

  Below is an article published by Daily Monitor: The Batwa (pygmies) from Bwindi forest in south western Uganda have asked government to grant them slots in Parliament one of the special interest...

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Oct 30, 2015

Batwa: Indigenous People Must be Given a Voice...

Below is an article published by All Africa:   To say that the Batwa people, a pygmy tribe in Uganda, are struggling seems an understatement. Driven from its ancestral forest in 1992, the tribe...

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Jul 31, 2015

Batwa: Evicted from Traditional Lands and Living...

The Batwa (known, pejoratively as “pygmies” in the west because of their height) are one of the oldest surviving tribes in Africa, but their culture, identity and language are under increasing...

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Jul 22, 2015

Batwa: Evicted People Returns to Impenetrable...

Below is an article published by Vice News:   Perched on a ladder made of branches leaning against a large tree, the pygmy hunter slowly raises his bow towards the thick canopy of the equatorial...

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Jun 22, 2015

Batwa: Gorilla Tourism Driving Poverty

The Guardian published a video outlining the dire situation faced by the Batwa.  

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Jan 30, 2015

Batwa: Displaced Workers Exploited and Left with...

  Below is an article published by Uganda Radio Network:   They are described as, "Easy to maintain," because they do not ask for or need soap, vaseline and other modern amenities. You do...

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Apr 16, 2014

Batwa: Urgent Government Action Needed

Below is a press release by Minority Rights Group International: As Rwanda commences its week of mourning [week of 7 April 2014] to mark 20 years after the genocide, Minority Rights Group International...

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Nov 25, 2013

UNPO Observes International Day For The Elimination...

Violence against women takes many forms – physical, psychological, economic and sexual – and not only does it affect the health of the concerned women, it also diminishes their ability...

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Sep 27, 2013

Batwa: UN Fellow Calls For Integration And Protection...

Below is an article published by UN OHCHR: The Batwa, who make up approximately 1 per cent of the Burundi population, have historically lived as hunters and gatherers in the equatorial forests of Africa,...

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Aug 30, 2013

Batwa: Bwindi Hospital Initiative To Fight Malnutrition...

Below is an article published by NewVision: Agnes Kacho comes from Kengoma village, about eight hours’ walk from Bwindi. At 16 months, she was brought to Bwindi Community Hospital (BCH) with muscle...

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Aug 13, 2013

UNPO Present During Indigenous Day Demonstration...

On Friday August 9th a demonstration was held on the Dam square in Amsterdam to raise awareness about the abuse of indigenous people all over the world. Several indigenous people were present at this demonstration...

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Jun 04, 2013

Batwa: Meeting With UN Special Rapporteur On The...

Below is an article published by AllAfrica: Following his recent visit to Namibia, members of the African caucus to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) met with the UN Special Rapporteur...

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Mar 06, 2013

Batwa: Struggling Against HIV and AIDS

Below is an article published by NTV: The Batwa appear to be hanging on a very thin string as the deadly HIV/Aids threatens to wipe out the people also referred to as the little people. NTV visited the...

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Feb 07, 2013

Batwa: Young Student Attending First UN Expert...

Below is an article published by Indian Country For thousands of years the Batwa people lived in the Impenetrable Forest of Uganda. Hunters and gatherers who are often derisively referred to as pygmies,...

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Dec 14, 2012

Batwa: Walking Back The Forests Again

Below is an article published by Voice of America 20 years ago Uganda's Batwa, or pygmies, were evicted from the forest to make way for a national park. But now the impoverished Batwa are being allowed...

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Nov 26, 2012

Exclusion and Discrimination of Minorities: The...

Exclusion and Discrimination of Minorities: The Experience of the Batwa   10 December 2012, 12.30-16.00 Ground Floor, External Cooperation Info Point European Commission, Rue de la Loi 43 1049...

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Oct 19, 2012

Batwa: Rwanda To Join United Nations Security...

Below is an article published by Al-Jazeera:   Rwanda along with Australia, Argentina, South Korea and Luxembourg has won a seat on the UN Security Council, despite accusations by a UN...

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Oct 01, 2012

UNPO Report Draws Attention To Batwa’s Extreme...

UNPO has submitted an alternative report to the 50th Pre-sessional Working Group of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) ahead of the consideration of Rwanda’s initial report....

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Sep 26, 2012

Batwa: Burundi Invests In Healthcare

Below is an article published by the World Bank:     The three-kilometer hike to the Kigarama health clinic appears daunting even for those not in labor. The winding red dirt road isn’t...

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Sep 19, 2012

Batwa: International Aid Does Not Reach Commu...

Below is an article published by One World:   It has been a year since the G8 promised to “make poverty history” and cancelled the multilateral debts of 34 African states. In that year,...

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Aug 20, 2012

Batwa: African Commission Demands Return Of Ancestral...

Below is an article published by NewVision:   The government has been asked to return portions of national parks to indigenous communities like the Batwa, evicted following the gazetting of such...

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Aug 14, 2012

Batwa: Pressure On Government To Respect Indigenous...

Below is an article published by Ultimate Media:    The government has been asked to recognize the Batwa and pastoralists as indigenous people and make appropriate legislative provisions...

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Jul 24, 2012

UN Special Rapporteur On Housing Concludes Mission...

On July 13 2012 Ms. Raquel Rolnik, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Adequate Housing concluded her official mission to Rwanda. At a press conference following her return she presented her preliminary...

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Jul 23, 2012

Batwa: Regional Indigenous Organizations Fear...

Below is an article published by AllAfrica: Indigenous rights organisations representing Bambuti and Batwa people who live in the Great Lakes sub-region, consisting of the eastern parts of the Democratic...

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Jul 16, 2012

Batwa: Uganda Forest People’s Fading Herita...

Below is an article published by Coast Week: Like the Brakumin of Japan, the Untouchables of India and the Gypsies of Europe, the Batwa of central Africa are also regarded as low class people...

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Jul 12, 2012

Batwa: Low Awareness Fuels Marginalisation

Below is an article published in New Vision: A study on the Batwa in Kanungu district has shown serious socio-economic and political constraints among their community. The Batwa are a minority group...

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Jun 28, 2012

Batwa : A Land Dispossessed, Regained

Below is an article published by New Vision: A revamped trail in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park will allow tourists to explore cultural sites in the footsteps of the Batwa tribe in southwest Uganda. ...

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Jun 15, 2012

Batwa: When Bricks Make a Difference

Below is an article published by The Grove Examiner One local teenager is hoping to make a difference in a small African community this summer with a few bricks, a bit of ‘soul,’ and a lot...

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Jun 11, 2012

Batwa: Facing Discrimination and Prejudice

Below is an article published by the AllAfrica: Having sex with a pygmy woman is a cure for backache. This is one of the many superstitions held by people living in Virunga National Park in the eastern...

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Mar 30, 2012

Report On Minority Issues In Rwanda Presented...

On 14 March 2012, during the 19th session of the Human Rights Council, Independent Expert on Minority Issues Rita Izsák presented the report that was written following the visit of the former Independent...

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Feb 22, 2012

Batwa: Climate Change Threatens Indigenous Pe...

Below is article published by The Voice Of America:  Researchers say indigenous people are among the most vulnerable to climate change. They’re studying how extreme weather events can trigger...

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Jan 17, 2012

Batwa: A Spiritual Relation With The Forest

Below is an  article published by The Observer: It’s a humbling moment listening to 41-year-old Steven Barahirwa recite the Batwa golden days in the jungle. It is a moment that leaves you torn...

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Dec 29, 2011

Batwa: Musicians Use Song And Dance To Connect...

This article has been published by Africa Review: Near the town of Kisoro, in the far south-west of Uganda, lies the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The dense forests at the foot of the Virunga Mountains...

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Dec 09, 2011

Batwa: NGO Lists Major Abuses Against Indigenous...

Below is an article by Sierra Express Media:  Survival is releasing ten tribal rights abuses ahead of UN Human Rights Day this Saturday [10 December 2011], to expose violations that still pass largely...

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Dec 05, 2011

Batwa: Action Taken To Protect Gorillas

Below is an article published by 3News: Gorillas are lazing in the sun in the lush mountains of Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park. They might seem relaxed, but as the climate is heating up these great...

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Sep 12, 2011

Batwa: Development of a Marginalized Society

Below is an article published by The Independent (Uganda):   Ibyejo ni ibyabejo,” remarks Jean Pierre Ndagijimana, a construction worker in Nyarugunga village, Kicukiro district. The expression,...

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Aug 12, 2011

Batwa: Destitute and Longing to Return to the...

Below is an article published by Daily Monitor: They don’t want to visit hospitals, go to school or even attend prayers with other tribes. This is the story of the Batwa community, who although...

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Jul 30, 2011

Batwa: Asking Government For Land Following E...

Below is an article published by New Vision: The Batwa community, a minority group living in Kisoro district, have asked the Government to give them land and houses. This follows their eviction from Bwindi...

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Jul 12, 2011

Batwa: Minorities Under Siege - Rwanda Holds Batwa...

Below is an article published by IRIN Global The government maintains that such ethnic self-identification is unconstitutional and undermines the reconciliation process of a country that has just...

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Jul 07, 2011

Batwa: New Report Shows Women Are Target for ...

Below is a report published by Minority Rights Group: MRG’s partner organisations in Rwanda and Uganda selected violence against Batwa women as the theme for their research. Anecdotal evidence suggested...

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Jun 09, 2011

UNPO Speaks Out For Batwa At UN Human Rights ...

Photograph "17th Session- Human Rights Council" courtesy of the United Nations Information Service under a Creative Commons license UNPO Programme Coordinator Caroline de Bruin delivered her statement...

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May 26, 2011

Batwa: Rwanda Admits Force Used In Anti-Thatch...

  Below is an article published by Survival:The admission came after hundreds of Twitter users responded to Survival’s condemnation of the destruction of Batwa Pygmy houses, which has left...

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May 13, 2011

Batwa: US Doctor Works to Preserve Unique Cul...

  Below is an article published by Nola.com Scott Kellermann was a successful family doctor with a medical practice in Nevada City, Calif. At age 55, he could have easily retired and gone golfing.   But...

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May 06, 2011

Batwa: Deprived of One of the Most Basic of Human...

Below is an article published by baycitizen.org In Rwanda, a week-long commemoration of the 1994 Genocide of the Tutsis has come to an end, though the people of Rwanda continue to remember, mourn, and...

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Apr 05, 2011

Batwa: Rwandan Government Accused Of Making Batwa...

  Below is an article published by: Ekklesia.Survival International has warned that a Rwandan government programme to destroy all thatched roofs in the country is leaving thousands of Batwa ‘Pygmies’...

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Apr 04, 2011

Batwa: ‘Anti-thatch’ Campaign Leaves Thousands...

Below is an article publish by Survival International A Rwandan government programme to destroy all thatched roofs in the country is leaving thousands of Batwa ‘Pygmies’ homeless. Hundreds...

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Mar 07, 2011

UNPO Place Batwa on UN Racial Discrimination ...

UNPO has generated widespread discussion and greater awareness of the situation of the indigenous Batwa people of Rwanda following a visit in late 2010 and ongoing advocacy and awareness work. UNPO Programme...

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Mar 07, 2011

Batwa: Handicraft Popular with Tourists

Below is an article published by The News Tribune: Tacoma and the town of Bwindi, Uganda, are now firmly linked, thanks to innertubes, bottle caps and artistic enthusiasm. Nine local artists, including...

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Feb 15, 2011

EES NandoPeretti 2010-2013: Batwa Activities October...

During the visit to Rwanda, the UNPO Programme Manager confirmed the poor living standards and economic situation of the Batwa, or the pygmies of Rwanda. Visits to communities surviving on the margins...

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Jan 28, 2011

Batwa: Ethnic Diversity in Rwanda to be Reviewed...

Below is an article published by the Rwanda News Agency: The UN Human Rights Council has dispatched a senior expert to Rwanda on mission to see how the different ethnic communities live with each other...

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Jan 03, 2011

Batwa: Uganda Witnessing Growing School Enrol...

Below is an article published by New Vision: Against overwhelming odds, Alice Nyamihanda graduated with a diploma in Development Studies, the first in her community, from Bugema University. She is part...

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Jul 29, 2010

Batwa: Dutchman On A Mission To Help a Forgotten...

  Below is an article published by All Africa.com:   Elias Habyarimana, 44, stands a few inches tall on the smooth floor at Lubowa International School, before an audience of mostly white...

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Jun 01, 2010

Batwa: Harassment and Discrimination Force Children...

Below is an article published by the Daily Monitor: Batwa children in several primary schools in Kabale, Kisoro and Kanungu are being discriminated and harassed by children and administrators...

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May 14, 2010

Batwa: Africa's Batwa Women 'Face Daily Discr...

   Below is an article published by OneWorld.net: Africa’s indigenous Batwa women experience shocking levels of violence, with in some cases 100 percent of women saying they had faced...

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Dec 30, 2009

Batwa: Still Waiting For Compensation

Below is an article published by the Sydney Morning Herald:The road from the Rwandan border to north Kivu province in Congo is serpentine, a sinuous climb around hundreds of emerald hills farmed and tamed...

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Dec 09, 2009

Batwa: Burundi Brings Batwa Into Governance

Below is an article published by the United Nations Human Rights Council:Joseph Kanani and his extended family live as squatters in extremely poor conditions in Musigati, a village north of Burundi’s...

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Oct 29, 2009

Batwa: MPs Want Policy for Minorities

   Below is an article published by the New Vision:Kampala claims the [Ugandan] Government should adopt a comprehensive affirmative action plan that would be able to transform minority communities,...

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Aug 07, 2009

Batwa: Minority Children Denied Education

Below is an article published by Voa News :Minority children in Africa and much of the developing world are denied education, according the London-based group Minority Rights Group International (MRG)....

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Jul 20, 2009

Batwa: Minority Children Systematically Denied...

 Below is an article published by Voice of America:Minority children in Africa and much of the developing world are denied education, according the London-based group Minority Rights Group International...

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Apr 27, 2009

Batwa: Suffering from Deforestation

 Below is a statement issued by People and Planet:The provinces of Northern and Southern Kivu are amongst those most affected by deforestation and soil degradation in the Democratic Republic of Congo,...

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Mar 23, 2009

Batwa: Human Rights Experts Concerned

 Below is an article published by the: Relief Web While Rwanda's recent history was stained by "massive violations of civil and political rights", a system based on the rule of law...

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Dec 15, 2008

Batwa: Population Decline

   Below is an article published by The New Vision: The Batwa population is reducing faster than that of other minority communities in western Uganda. The executive director of the World...

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Dec 09, 2008

Batwa: Threatened by Conservation Efforts

   Below is an article published by IPS News:The debate over reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation is dominating the United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place...

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Aug 15, 2008

Batwa: Demand For More Government Aid

Below is an article written by Emmanuel Kajubu and published by AllAfrica.com :The Batwa in Bundibugyo district have demanded for recognition from the Government [of Uganda]. King Nzinto said unlike other...

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May 12, 2008

Batwa: Conservation Refugees

 Below is an article published by BBC:  Just after dawn, as the fog slowly leaves the slopes of the Muhabura volcano, some Batwa people make their way to the neighbouring farms hoping to get...

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Mar 08, 2008

Batwa: Climate Change Worsens Old Injustices

Dispossessed, marginalized, and uncompensated, the Batwa deserve international support to regain their self-sufficiency and respect. Below is an article written by Salome Alweny and published by All Africa: Uganda's...

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Mar 05, 2008

Africa: Millions Threatened by Drought

One of the worst droughts to hit the Horn of Africa is spreading and with it the risk that millions of lives may be at risk. Below is an article published by IRIN News: Up to 14 million people in the...

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Feb 13, 2008

Batwa/Mapuche: Victims of Eco-Colonialism?

Conservationists rush to buy land while the Batwa and Mapuche are just two examples of populations discovering the dark side of conservation movements. Below is an article written by John Vidal and published...

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Dec 20, 2007

Batwa: Pride Restored

Batwa people, the indigenous people living in the forest of Rwanda, have seen their situation changed with the increase of aid and protection on indigenous minorities, changing from their excluded previous...

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Nov 29, 2007

Batwa: Legal Protection for Indigenous Group...

A new law in the Democratic Republic of Congo is waiting approval for effectively and legally protecting indigenous people whose rights are often violated. Below is an article published by YubaNet:  NGOs...

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May 14, 2007

Batwa: High Commissioner for Human Rights Visits...

Mrs Louise Arbour will visit the Great Lakes Region between the 13 and 25 May. She will visit Rwanda where UNPO member Batwa originates. Human Rights as well as economic, cultural and social rights will...

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May 11, 2007

Batwa: Natives Demand Compensation

Forced out of their ancestral homes in the early 1990s, the Batwa now demand land and aid to the Ugandan government. Below is an article published by All Africa.com: The Batwa have appealed to the Government...

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May 04, 2007

Batwa: Human Rights Defender to Receive Awar...

Batwa defender Pierre Claver to receive Martin Ennals Award 2007 for his courageous work against human rights violations. Below are extracts from an article published by Earth Times: WASHINGTON, 3 May...

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Apr 24, 2007

Batwa: Fighting Discrimination

In a bid to improve their situation, various African delegates endeavor to reinforce the rights of central Africa’s indigenous populations who are being expelled from their dwellings as protected...

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Oct 24, 2006

Batwa: Rwanda’s Forgotten Minority

Rwanda has come a long way since the dark days of the 1994 genocide. Now, more than ten years after those terrible events, many people are looking forward to the future as opposed to mulling over the terrible...

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Sep 14, 2006

Batwa: Sexual Violence, Lack of Healthcare Spreads...

CHOMBO, 13 September (IRIN) - The forest people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), marginalised at the best of times, were easy targets for the marauding soldiers and militiamen that reduced the...

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Aug 22, 2006

Batwa: Congo's Marginalised Pygmies See Hope...

After queuing for hours to mark her ballot paper in Congo's first multiparty elections for four decades, Salome Ndavuma confesses she had a little dance. "I just never thought the day would come," she...

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Aug 09, 2006

Batwa Ethnic Group Faces Extinction

Hunger could wipe out the Batwa ethnic group in Uganda unless urgent intervention is enforced, researchers have said. "Many Batwa are dying of hunger because they do not know how to survive outside...

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Jul 21, 2006

Batwa: Bundibugyo Leaders Ask Minister Migereko...

Bundibugyo district leaders have asked Energy Minister Mr Daudi Migereko to apologize to the Batwa tribute (pygmies) for alleging that they were a threat to the extension of electricity to the district....

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Feb 14, 2006

Batwa: Access to Education

NEWS February 13, 2006 Posted to the web February 13, 2006 By Irene Nabusoba Kampala THE United Nations (UN) has urged government to tailor programmes to help children of minority groups...

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Dec 08, 2005

Batwa: People vs. Nature Protection

A Low Fog Envelopes the steep and remote valleys of southwestern Uganda most mornings, as birds found only in this small corner of the continent rise in chorus and the great apes drink from clear...

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Nov 29, 2005

Batwa: Government has Ignored our Tribes

Four tribes in Southwestern Uganda have accused government of neglecting them. While making presentations during the National Non Government Organisation (NGO) Social Forum conference last weekend,...

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Nov 18, 2005

Batwa: We Face Discrimination

I am an indigenous citizen of Uganda, born more than 50 years ago. My grandfather, Ndabahimye, was a servant of the great prince Nyindo of Rwanda and because of his loyalty; he was allocated land...

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May 06, 2005

Batwa: Rwanda's Forgotten Tribe

Untitled Document By Nathan Mugume Down in the rural areas, the Batwa communities continue to languish in absolute poverty. They have witnessed their traditional set up and rights'...

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May 04, 2005

Batwa: First Ever School Built for the Pygmie...

Untitled Document By Raphael Okello Originally, the Batwa pygmies migrants from Congo's Ituri forest were bushmen whose lives depended chiefly on hunting and gathering in Semliki ...

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Apr 13, 2005

Batwa: European Union Gives Support to Gacaca...

Untitled Document Eleven years after the genocide Rwanda faces many challenges, the most prominent of which is bringing to justice those who are suspected of playing a part in the 1994...

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Mar 23, 2005

Batwa: British NGO Backs Creation of Law to Protect...

A British NGO has donated £40,000 (US $75,960) to a human rights organisation in the Republic of Congo (ROC) to help it lobby for the establishment of a law protecting and promoting the interests...

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Mar 12, 2005

Batwa: A Large Group of Batwa Fled to Rwanda

More than 800 Burundians have arrived in neighbouring Rwanda in the last two weeks, citing threats and fears of violence surrounding a recent referendum. The new arrivals – some 600 Tutsis...

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Feb 18, 2005

Batwa: Batwa Pygmy School Project completed in...

Untitled Document The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) office in Uganda has completed the Ntandi Pygmy Primary School rehabilitation and construction project in Bundibugyo...

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Nov 10, 2004

Batwa youth want more access to land, education...

Untitled Document BUJUMBURA, 10 November (IRIN) - Youth representatives of the Batwa, a group of indigenous people found across central Africa, have asked the governments of Burundi,...

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Oct 20, 2004

Batwa to register in Central African Republic...

Untitled Document Countrywide registration of voters began on Saturday in the Central African Republic with the country's Independent Mixed Electoral Commission, or CEMI, setting...

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Oct 11, 2004

Batwa: ICC to start investigation on crimes against...

Untitled Document The International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) signed an accord on Wednesday allowing the court to begin investigations into...

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Sep 24, 2004

Batwa: Rwandan President to appoint Minorities...

Untitled Document Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Thursday he would fill the remaining six Senate vacancies with candidates from minority Batwa ethnic group and women early next...

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Aug 09, 2004

Batwa: Batwa to be included in the New National...

Untitled Document About 29 Burundi opposition political parties have agreed to implement a refined power-sharing deal and holding elections. The agreement put to a halt long-running...

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Jul 23, 2004

Batwa: Statement at the WGIP

Untitled Document Those of you, who had the chance to attend and participate at the Working Group in the past 22 years, please accept my complementary note of acknowledgement. Your...

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Jul 23, 2004

Batwa: Statement at the WGIP

Untitled Document I would like to take the floor for the development of the Pygmie people in the DRC. I would like to congratulate you on your election and tell you about situation...

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Jul 07, 2004

Batwa: Congo Vice-President accused of Batwa ...

6 July - A dossier of evidence and testimonies of an attempt to "exterminate" the Batwa people ("Pygmies") of Congo Kinshasa (DRC) was today delivered to the International...

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May 11, 2004

Batwa: NGO Undertakes Project to Improve Batwa's...

Untitled Document Italian NGO Cooperazione Internationale (COOPI) has embarked on a project to improve the socio-cultural image of a group of the minority Batwa people in the Central...

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