The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) has had an advisory status at the United Nations (UN) since 1993. Besides active participation at the meetings of the various bodies of the United Nations the STP takes regular advantage of the opportunity of putting forward at the annual meetings of the Human Rights Commission comments in spoken und written form on a multitude of violations of human rights against ethnic and religious minorities, nationalities and indigenous peoples. The STP supports the lobbying work by representatives of the peoples and minorities concerned at the United Nations by providing them with a platform from which they can represent their interests. We also attend conferences with press coverage and so-called side events and performances outside the official programme, which provide the opportunity for the exchange of opinions and making contacts.
Sudan: We addressed the topic of human rights violations in Darfur – where more than 215,000 civilians from the Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile province were forced to flee since January 2014 – and demanded free access for humanitarian workers;
Eritrea: We pointed out that the government under dictator Afewerki suppresses the Afar minority and grants neither religion freedom nor freedom of expression or freedom of the press;
Sinai: Refugees from Eritrea become victims of the most serious human rights violations. Hundreds were deported and cruelly tortured to extort high ransom payments from their relatives; there are frequent cases of rape or murder for organ harvesting;
Israel: Asylum seekers from Eritrea, Sudan and South Sudan suffer from discriminatory laws. They are assigned to internment camps but not recognized as refugees. The STP cooperates with Israeli refugee organizations;
Syria: We described the dire situation of the ethnic and religious minorities (Assyro-Chaldeans, Yazidis, Alevis, Druze, Kurds) and denounced the Assad-regime’s Arabization-policy;
Syrian refugees: We demanded more help and better protection for Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan, Egypt and Iraqi Kurdistan;
Libya: We sharply criticized that the black people of Tawergah, who were collectively expelled, are not able to return. We requested rights for Berbers and Tuareg and also criticized the significant influence of warlords who ignore all laws and decisions of the government;
Somalia: With government approval, warlords are arbitrarily grinding down the smaller clans of the people of Somaliland. The four major Somali clans are dividing the land among themselves by expelling minority groups and smaller Somali clans in the name of so-called “federalism”;
Chile: The Mapuche Indians are suffering from land grabbing and criminalization;
Ukraine: Torture, brutal crackdowns of protests and impunity under the Yanukovych regime;
North Caucasus: In 2013, there were 946 registered political murders in Chechnya and Dagestan – 641 of them in Dagestan – according to our upsetting conclusions.
Bosnia–Herzegovina: We protested against the impending destruction of the “House of Visegrad” and called for the establishment of a memorial for the 70 women, children and old people who had been burned alive by Serbian troops. So far, the demolition was prevented;
Hungary: We criticized the discrimination and exclusion of Roma people by the government of Viktor Orban;
Pakistan: We demanded protection for ethnic and religious minorities, denounced human rights violations against the Shiite Hazara, Christians and Ahmadiyyaha and demanded the blasphemy legislation to be abolished;
Bangladesh: There is no religious freedom for Hindus and Buddhists. We criticized and protested against the Islamization of the country, which causes more and more attacks on members of religious minorities;
Burma / Myanmar: We demanded a recognition of the Muslim Rohingya minority, who were disenfranchised by means of the Citizenship Act of 1982. Since mid-2012, there is an escalation of Buddhist extremists attacking Rohingya people;
Human trafficking in Southeast Asia: Many Rohingya from Burma become victims of human trafficking. Therefore, we appealed to Burma’s neighboring countries to provide protection;
Vietnam: We informed about the ongoing religious persecution of Christians and Buddhists. Indigenous hill tribes are suffering from doubled discrimination as Christians and indigenous people;
Sri Lanka: We criticized the Sri Lankan government’s way of dealing with suspected supporters of the Tamil rebel movement LTTE and explained in what ways the rehabilitation program violates the human rights of the Tamils;
Tibet / East Turkestan (Xinjiang) / China: We found out that Tibetans and Uyghurs are suffering from severe human rights violations, including arbitrary arrests as well as torture in prisons and police stations. In both regions, the tensions are increasing dramatically, even moderate mediators such as Ilham Tohti, the Uyghur professor of economics, are being intimidated.
North Korea: We called on the governments of eastern and south-eastern Asia to provide more protection for refugees from North Korea. Deportations of North Korean refugees must be stopped immediately;
Australia: We sharply criticized Australia’s inhumane refugee policy;
Genocide Prevention / 65th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention of Genocide: Despite the 20 years since the genocide in Rwanda, there are still similar crimes going on (Nuba Mountains, Darfur, Central African Republic). We called on the international community to act quickly and decisively.
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