MINORITY RIGHTS GROUP INTERNATIONAL (MRG)
http://www.minorityrights.org
Last update: 8 December 2008, current as at 14 October 2011.
Mission/Mandate:
"MRG is the leading international human rights organisation working to secure rights for ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous people around the world. [...]
Our work offers overwhelming evidence that the inclusion of minority communities leads to stronger, more cohesive societies. We believe it is clear that exclusion can result in instability, conflict, and in the most extreme cases, genocide. We have worked with over 150 partners across some 60 countries for more than 40 years to promote peaceful coexistence and sustainable social change.
(MRG Website,
http://www.minorityrights.org/548/our-work/our-work.html, accessed on 8 December 2008)
Target group:
Governments, the United Nations, human rights community, academics and journalists.
Objective:
"Through training and education, legal cases, publications and the media, we support minority and indigenous people as they strive to maintain their rights to the land they live on, the languages they speak, to equal opportunities in education and employment, and to full participation in public life.
We understand how discrimination based on age, class, gender and disability can have a multiple impact on disadvantaged minorities, and our campaigns target governments and communities to eradicate such attitudes." (MRG Website, http://www.minorityrights.org/575/about-us/about-us.html, accessed on 8 December 2008)
Funding:
Donations; List of recent major donors see: http://www.minorityrights.org/4074/donors/recent-major-donors-to-mrg.html  
For detailed information see MRG, Statement of financial activities for the year ended 31 December 2006,
http://www.minorityrights.org/download.php?id=175, accessed on 8 December 2008.
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: No specific country focus.
Thematic focus: Minority issues - Conflict, Development, Education, Gender and Land.
(MRG Website,
http://www.minorityrights.org/6857/thematic-focus/conflict.html, accessed on 8 December 2008)
Reporting methodology:
MRG publishes reports, micro studies, macro studies, guides, training manuals, briefing papers and the annual report “State of the World's Minorities”.

"MRG reports are written by experts in their field with a focus on minority rights issues. Linked to our
programmes http://www.minorityrights.org/publications, accessed on 8 December 2008), MRG reports offer thorough examination of the current situation facing minority communities. They track root causes to present day problems to offer practical recommendations on solutions to decision makers, opinion formers and activists."

"
State of the World’s Minorities is the only annual publication that puts the situation of minority communities firmly in the context of global events. There is a regional overview – focusing on events affecting minorities in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. It has a unique People’s Under Threat ranking, as well as a table showing which countries are major risers in risk since the previous year."

(MRG Website,
The World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples "provides a country-by-country profile of the history and contemporary situation as they relate to minorities and indigenous peoples. The Directory is updated regularly by MRG researchers."
(MRG Website,
http://www.minorityrights.org/744/directory/world-directory-of-minorities-and-indigenous-peoples.html, accessed on 8 December 2008)

"Partners contribute to
publications as authors or advisers, and help to translate and disseminate MRG's reports to policy makers and regional contacts." (MRG Website, http://www.minorityrights.org/477/partners/mrgs-partners-worldwide.html, accessed on 8 December 2008)
Publication cycle:
Annual publications: State of the World's Minorities, Peoples Under Threat; recurrent update of The World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples; other publications on an irregular basis.
Languages:
World Directory of Minorities and Indigenious Peoples in English, French and Spanish; other publications and website in English.
Navigation of website:
Publications > State of the World's Minorities and other publications
Directory > World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples
Additional references:
Wikipedia: Minority Rights Group International (accessed on 8 December 2008)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minority_Rights_Group_International  

Source Watch: Minority Rights Group International (accessed on 8 December 2008)

http://sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Minority_Rights_Group
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