Minority Rights Group (MRG)
Organization profile published 1981
Publisher: The Minority Rights group (MRG), Professor John Clayton, Faculty of Law, Kingston, Canada
Year Published: 1981
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2205
Abstract: The Minority Rights Group (MRG) is dedicated to solving problems concerning the role of ethnic, religious and cultural minorities throughout the world. Based in England, MRG is an independent, non-governmental research body. The Group has three aims:
- to secure justice for minority or majority groups suffering discrimination by investigating their situation and publishing the facts as widely as possible to educate and alert public opinion throughout the world.
- To help prevent, through publicity about violation of human rights, such problems from developing into dangerous conflicts which, when polarized, are very difficult to resolve.
- To foster, by its research findings, international understanding of the factors which create prejudiced treatment and group tensions, thus helping to promote the growth of a world conscience regarding human rights."
The MRG produces reports on minority problems throughout the world. This, they feel, is a necessary step to accomplish their aims. They have produced reports on Canada's Indians, the constitutional protection of minorities and "French Canada in Crisis: A New Society in the Making".
The Group also has a consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN and access to the major UN organs dealing with human rights. They have presented evidence to the UN on labor laws in South Africa and the condition of Aboriginies in Australia.
At present, MRG is attempting to organize a Canadian MRG. Any one interested in supporting this group in any way is encouraged to contact Professor John Clayton at the above (Canadian) address.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1981.