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May 2014

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim is a Christian Sudanese doctor. On Mother’s Day (11 May) she was sentenced to death by the El-Haj-Yousif Criminal Court in Khartoum for allegedly having committed “adultery” and “apostasy”. Before the execution, she is to receive 100 lashes. She is eight months pregnant and already has a 20-month-old son, Martin. The sentences are to be carried out after childbirth.

On 17 February 2014, she and her 20-month-old son Martin had been arrested after a man who claimed to be related to her started a law suit against her for having married a Christian, which amounts to adultery in Sudan. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim was repeatedly beaten in prison. She and her son were denied adequate medical treatment.

Please send an email to the Deputy Chief of the American Mission to Sudan and ask him to work for the release of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim and her son!

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Syrian fight against polio
Vaccination programme has to be expanded
(Campaign)

  
December 2013

The World Health Organisation recently reported that 13 cases of the dangerous and highly contagious disease poliomyelitis had been discovered in Syria. In the embattled province of Deir-ez-Zor in the East of Syria alone, more than ten children have been diagnosed with polio.

A polio epidemic in Syria would be an unimaginable disaster for large parts of the population! The WHO must do everything possible to prevent a spread of polio. It must not make itself dependent upon any warring faction. The fight against polio is apolitical; vaccination has to be possible for every single child in Syria!

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 CURRENT PRESS RELEASE 
Controversy over Christian crosses in Chinese province escalates:
More than 60 Christians injured in violent desecration of a church
(Press Release)
July 23, 2014

In the province of Zhejiang in southern China, the dispute between the authorities and the Christian population concerning the removal of crosses and the closure their houses of worship is about to escalate – according to a warning published by the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP). Thus, more than 60 Christians were injured in the city of Wenzhou on Monday, when police forces broke through a human chain with which the believers had tried to protect their church's cross.
The EU's restrained reactions to the downing of MH 17 are disappointing
Those who are responsible must be held accountable! No kowtow to Putin!
(Press Release)
July 23, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) is disappointed about the EU's restrained reactions to the downing of MH 17 in Eastern Ukraine. "The families of the victims are demanding answers to the pressing question of responsibility for this terrible crime against humanity. As long as the EU continues its dithering and as long as the German representatives join in Vladimir Putin's unfair games, there will not be any answers," criticized the STP's expert for questions concerning the CIS-states, Sarah Reinke, on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka suppresses non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
European Union should strengthen Sri Lanka's civil society
(Press Release)
July 21, 2014

On Monday, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) in Göttingen demanded EU High Representative Catherine Ashton to condemn the restrictive laws against non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Sri Lanka. "Silencing the Sri Lankan NGOs will limit the country's chances for democratization and reconciliation after decades of civil war," said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Asia-consultant. In July 2014, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence issued several decrees to restrict the NGO's work. Thus, the 1421 officially registered and recognized NGOs received an official letter explaining that they are not allowed to issue press releases or organize conferences, seminars or public campaigns.
July 17, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) has received alarming news from Iraq: Islamist extremists of the group "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant" (ISIS) have started to mark houses and properties of Christians and Shiites in the predominantly Sunni-Arab city of Mosul with different signs. On Thursday, the STP's Middle East consultant, Kamal Sido, reported in Göttingen: "Christians from Mosul informed our employees in Iraqi Kurdistan that many Christian homes were marked with the Arabic letter 'N' – which stands for 'Nasara', meaning 'Christians.'
July 16, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) accuses Nigeria's government of reacting helplessly to the escalating violence between cattle raisers and farmers in the middle of the country. "At the moment, the conflict between the Fulani-shepherds and the sedentary farmers might seem less important than the violence caused by Boko Haram", said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Africa-consultant, in Göttingen on Wednesday.
France declares "Operation Serval" in Mali accomplished
No sustainable peace in Mali – persistent danger caused by armed Islamists – Tuareg conflict unresolved
(Press Release)
July 13, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) has published a critical statement concerning "Operation Serval" in the course of which the French troops in Mali had planned to put an end to the rise of the radical Islamists and to stabilize the State of Mali. "One and a half years after the beginning of the French intervention, northern Mali is experiencing another wave of violence. It is only a matter of time until the radical Islamists will regain control over large tracts of land and cities in northern Mali," said the STP's Africa-consultant, Ulrich Delius,
Five journalists punished with ten years of imprisonment and forced labor
The scandalous judgment is a serious setback for the freedom of the press and the process of democratization in Burma/Myanmar
(Press Release)
July 10, 2014

>The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) criticizes sentences against five journalists from Burma / Myanmar – ten years of imprisonment and forced labor – to be "outrageous" and "scandalous". "The judgment is a serious setback for the freedom of the press and the process of democratization in Burma. It is absolutely inappropriate and obviously to be seen an attempt to intimidate journalists and to force them into self-censorship", said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Asia-consultant, in Göttingen
Somalia: three years after the famine with 250,000 victims
Somalia is threatened by a new famine – violence continues to increase – Bundeswehr instructors are not safe
(Press Release)
July 09, 2014

According to the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), Somalia is facing another famine and is therefore in desperate need of more humanitarian aid. "About 850,000 people are in urgent need for help in order to avoid another mass starvation in the summer of 2014," warned Ulrich Delius, the STP's Africa-consultant, in Göttingen on Wednesday. Only about a quarter of the required food supplies have so far been covered by the international community – and there are even grater shortfalls for other necessary aid supplies such as tents.
July 08, 2014

According to the Society for Threatened Peoples, the judgment of the Chechen Court in Urus-Martan against the respected Chechen political scientist Ruslan Kutayev is to be seen as "inhuman and purely politically motivated". On Monday, he was sentenced to four years in prison for alleged drug possession. "The aim is to silence the human rights activist for four years," criticized the STP's expert for questions concerning the CIS-states, Sarah Reinke.
Presidential elections in Indonesia (July 9)
Christians fear for religious freedom
(Press Release)
July 08, 2014

In Indonesia, the religious minorities fear further restrictions of their freedom of religion in case ex-general Prabowo Subianto should win tomorrow's presidential elections. This was reported by the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) in Göttingen on Tuesday. "Prabowo's campaign was aimed at defaming his competitors as infidels, to ensure support by Sunni extremists. If he is elected, there will be more religious intolerance in the predominantly Muslim state," warned the STP's Asia-consultant, Ulrich Delius.
Crimea: A travel ban against the Chairman of the Mejlis
Federal Government should help Refat Chubarov
(Press Release)
July 07, 2014

On Monday, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) sent an appeal to the German federal government to protest against Russia's decision to issue an entrance ban to Crimea against one of the most important leaders of the Crimean Tatars, Refat Chubarov.
Ethiopian opposition leader threatened with death sentence
Europe and United Nations should advocate for the release of political prisoners in Ethiopia
(Press Release)
July 07, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) has sent an appeal to the European Union and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, to clarify the fate of missing Ethiopian opposition leader Andargarchew Tsige and to demand his release. "We are deeply concerned for the life of the most prominent Ethiopian democracy-activist", said STP-consultant Ulrich Delius in Göttingen on Monday.
510,000 demonstrators in Hong Kong demand democracy
Protesters must be released immediately – 511 arrests in Hong Kong
(Press Release)
July 02, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) demands the immediate release of 511 protesters who were arrested on Tuesday night, in the course of peaceful protests of more than half a million Hong Kong residents who demanded more democracy. "The police operation must be reviewed by an independent third party, because the police rounded up the peaceful protesters and treated them with exaggerated violence" said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Asia-consultant, in Göttingen.
July 02, 2014

on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 11:00 am
Theatercafé im Palais am Festungsgraben
Am Festungsgraben 1
in 10117 Berlin

This Thursday, in the course of a press conference in Berlin, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) will present the STP's new 50-page human rights report on the escalation of the situation in north-western China since the serious unrest in Urumqi on July 5, 2009.
25 years ago: Sudan's president seizes power (June 30th)
Mass murderer Omar Hassan al-Bashir must finally be held accountable in court!
(Press Release)
June 27, 2014

The international community must show more effort to enforce the international arrest warrant against Sudan's incumbent President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. This demand was raised by the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the coup in which the despot seized power on June 30, 1989. "Bashir's reign has brought unspeakable suffering for the Sudanese people: He is responsible for the deaths of several million innocent civilians and is wanted for genocide crimes", said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Africa-consultant, in Göttingen on Friday. "He must be brought to justice for the genocide crimes against 500,000 Nuba, more than 400,000 Darfuris and more than two million people from South Sudan."
June 24, 2014

According to the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), the suppressive measures against Christian churches in China has reached a new peak: Following official orders, crosses were removed from church buildings, houses of worship were torn down and Christian people are being intimidated to prevent public protests against the restrictions of religious freedom.
A surprising outcome of the presidential elections in Mauritania
Decent results for slavery critic and winner of the Weimar Human Rights Prize
(Press Release)
June 23, 2014

Surprisingly, Biram Dah Abeid – slavery critic and winner of the Weimar Human Rights Prize – received the second most votes in the presidential elections in Mauritania last Saturday. "This is an important success for Mauritania's committed slavery critics," said Ulrich Delius, Africa consultant of the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), in Göttingen on Monday.
Malaysia: Supreme Court upholds "Allah" ban
A serious setback for religious freedom and minority protection
(Press Release)
June 23, 2014

According to the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), today's decision of the Malaysian Supreme Court that Christians are not allowed to use "Allah" as a translation for "God" is a serious setback concerning religious freedom and minority protection in the south-east Asian country. "This is a black day for the freedom of religion in south-eastern Asia. The only sign of hope is that the court's decision was only found by a narrow majority: three of the seven judges had expressed dissenting opinions, despite considerable pressure by Muslim extremists," said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Asia-consultant, in Göttingen on Monday, after the Supreme Court rejected a complaint by the Catholic church against a lower court's ruling in the "Allah controversy".
June 19, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) calls for end to deportations of refugee families with children that were born or raised in Germany. "Our politicians and authorities are responsible for thousands of refugee children who were torn out of their familiar surroundings at school and away from their friends here in Germany in recent years, to be deported to an uncertain future in their parents' home countries," criticized the STP's Secretary General, Tilman Zülch, in Göttingen on Thursday, on occasion of the World Refugee Day (June 20th).
June 13, 2014

On occasion of the visit of US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to the Lakota reservation "Standing Rock" in North Dakota, the Society for Threatened Peoples would like to draw attention to the tragic fate of the Native American civil rights activist Leonard Peltier. "We appeal to President Obama to finally pardon the seriously ill Anishinabe-Lakota Indian, who has been imprisoned since 1976.
International Albinism Day (June 13th)
Albinos in East Africa must be better protected
(Press Release)
June 13, 2014

On occasion of the International Albinism Day (June 13th), the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) demands better protection for people with albinism in East Africa. "More educational work needs to be done to reduce prejudice against albinos and to stop them from being attacked," said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Africa-consultant, in Göttingen on Friday. In Tanzania, an albino woman was murdered and mutilated on June 12, 2014, because there are people who believed that her limbs would have magical powers.
Central African Republic plans to legalize trade with blood diamonds
Diamonds are fueling the civil war, not religion!
(Press Release)
June 11, 2014

"Global diamond trade is the main reason for the war in the Central African Republic – not religion!" This is what the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) stated in Göttingen on Wednesday, after the government of the African country had again requested a permission to export diamonds in the context of the Kimberley Process.
June 11, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) accuses Sigmar Gabriel, the Federal Economy Minister, of "double standards" concerning arms exports. "In public, Gabriel preaches abstinence. At the same time, the especially problematic German arms exports to third countries have reached a new record level. If these questionable arms deals continue, Gabriel's promises that Germany will cut down on arms exports are just a sham," criticized the STP in Göttingen on Wednesday – while the Economy Minister informed the cabinet on the 2013 German arms exports report.
June 11, 2014

On occasion of the opening of the Interior Ministers Conference in Bonn, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) sent an urgent appeal to the politicians on Wednesday, asking them to help alleviate the catastrophic situation of the people in Syria by raising the German quota for refugees from the war-torn country to at least 50,000.
Catholic bishops from Eritrea deplore mass exodus and grievances
Stop the exodus! Europe must show more commitment towards human rights in Eritrea
(Press Release)
June 10, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) sends an appeal to the European Union (EU), demanding more commitment concerning the protection of human rights in Eritrea, as the mass exodus from the East African country has reached a terrifying level. "Every week, dozens of Eritrean refugees die while trying to escape to Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea", reported Ulrich Delius, the STP's Africa-consultant in Göttingen on Tuesday. "It is especially unsettling that there are so many unaccompanied children and young people who embark on the dangerous journey."
US actress Angelina Jolie calls for more measures against sexual violence in wars:
Significant increase of rape in Darfur – peace forces must offer better protection for women
(Press Release)

  
June 10, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) supports the Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie's call for more effective measures against sexual violence in wars. According to the STP, the number of rapes in the conflict region of Darfur in western Sudan has increased significantly during the last three months. "From March to May 2014, we registered 114 rapes of refugee women in Darfur", said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Africa-consultant, in Göttingen on Tuesday.
Bundestag decides on continued German participation in UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (June 6)
Northern Mali is further away from peace than ever before – new peace initiatives needed!
(Press Release)
June 06, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) calls for new peace initiatives in northern Mali in order to revive the peace process concerning the Tuareg conflict, which has been simmering for decades. The human rights organization expressed criticism towards a mere extension of the German involvement in the UN peacekeeping mission, as proposed by the Bundestag, which provides for the deployment of up to 150 German soldiers to support the MINUSMA.
Six months after the beginning of the French peacekeeping mission
Disappointing results – little hope for peace and reconciliation in the Central African Republic (June 5)
(Press Release)
June 05, 2014

On Thursday, six months after the beginning of the French peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) expressed disappointment about the results. "The 1,600 French and 5,000 African soldiers failed in the attempt to disarm all of the conflict parties, to secure peace and to promote reconstruction and reconciliation," said the STP's Africa-consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Thursday. "Large massacres could be prevented, but violence against civilians is quite common – and the Muslim people are being expelled from many regions of the country."
Investment promotion conference with ministers from Sudan
Africa Association of the German economy pays court to the Sudan's unjust regime – protests in Berlin
(Press Release)
June 04, 2014

On Wednesday, the conference of the "Afrika-Verein" (Africa Association) of the German economy in Berlin, which promotes investments in Sudan, was accompanied by a solemn vigil organized by the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP). With banners, the human rights organization demanded the release of the Christian woman Mariam Ibrahim Yahia, who was recently sentenced to death. Also, the vigil was meant to draw attention to the ongoing crimes against humanity in Darfur and South Kordofan and to serve as a form of protest against the participation of the Sudanese Ministers at the conference.
25th Anniversary of the massacre of Tiananmen Square (June 4)
China: More than 80 civil rights activists detained to prevent public commemoration
(Press Release)
June 03, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) accuses the Chinese government of having arrested (or placed under house arrest) more than 80 civil rights activists two months before the 25th anniversary of the massacre on Tiananmen Square in order to prevent any public commemoration of the massacre on June 4, 1989. "China's leadership won't stop at anything to enforce a dead calm peace on Tiananmen Square: kidnappings, threats, interrogations, house arrests and arbitrary arrests," criticized Ulrich Delius, the STP's Asia-consultant in Göttingen on Tuesday.
Threadbare reasons for ongoing detainment of the condemned Christian woman Mariam Ibrahim Yahia
"It's a farce to describe Sudan's justice system as independent!"
(Press Release)
June 02, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) sharply criticizes the decision of the Sudanese government not to release the Christian woman Mariam Ibrahim Yahia (who was recently sentenced to death) next few days after all –allegedly as a sign of respect towards the independence of the judiciary system. "A government that promotes impunity for serious human rights violations is now trying to act up as a savior of the rule of law – this is ridiculous! It's like setting a fox to keep the geese – and a hypocritical attempt to earn international respect," said the STP's Africa-consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Monday. "In Sudan, victims of murder, rape and expulsions in the civil war regions will see no justice, especially if they belong to other religious communities. The justice system in Sudan is forced into line – and is therefore by far not to be seen as independent."
Sudan is planning to release a Christian woman who was recently sentenced to death:
Mariam's supporters are relived but angry – the release is merely a political maneuver – Sudan's Christians are still persecuted
(Press Release)
June 01, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) has expressed relief that the Sudanese Foreign Ministry announced a release of the Christian woman Meriam Yahia Ibrahim from the prison's death row during the next few days. "This is a great success for the many international protesters – and we are glad that there will now be a happy end for the family drama for Meriam and her husband Daniel," explained the STP's Africa-consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen
Controversy over large dam project overshadows establishment of the new State of Telangana in India (June 2)
Prime Minister Modi ignores Indigenous Rights – General strike in Telangana
(Press Release)
May 30, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) accuses the new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of violating the rights of indigenous peoples. "Regardless of the protests of tens of thousands of Adivasi natives, Modi is trying to push through with the forced relocation of 300,000 people in order to pave the way for the controversial dam and irrigation project Polavaram," said the STP's Asia-consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen
55 Uyghurs on trial in a public stadium
Criticism of show trials in China – United Nations must demand rule of law
(Press Release)
May 29, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) criticizes the show trials against members of the Uyghur minority in north-western China to be "legally questionable" and "degrading". The human rights organization urges the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, to demand fair and constitutional legal proceedings in the troubled region.
Before the World Cup: Desperate protests of Amerindians
Agriculture-lobby gains influence: Brazil's 900,000 indigenous people struggle to survive
(Press Release)
May 28, 2014

Against the backdrop of the recent protests of traditionally dressed indigenous peoples a few days before the beginning of the World Cup, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) would like to draw attention to the dramatic problems of the native communities in Brazil. "Their land rights are still largely unsecured, so that big landowners have an easy time. At the same time, there is a constant increase of pressure on the indigenous territories due to deforestation, raw materials extraction and dam projects for the production of hydroelectric power," is how Yvonne Bangert, the STP's expert on questions concerning the indigenous peoples, describes the situation.
May 27, 2014

The Chinese government is trying to suppress any commemorations for the victims of the massacre of Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 3 and 4, 1989, with an unprecedented wave of intimidation and arrests – according to a freshly published twelve-page memorandum in German language, in which the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) focuses on the measures of the Chinese authorities against civil rights advocates shortly before the 25th anniversary of the massacre . "China's government is still not prepared to live up to the responsibility - not even after a quarter of a century of tabooing, criminalization and mockery of the victims," criticized Ulrich Delius, the STP's Asia-consultant in Göttingen on Tuesday. "The officially prescribed memory loss in China is an indictment for the world power. A unique chance for reconciliation is wasted, although this would be exactly what the divided and deeply traumatized country needs."
Sudan: A convert must fear for her life after the birth of her daughter – the death penalty could now be enforced at any time
More pressure on Sudan to prevent execution of a Christian woman! The Sudanese Foreign Minister should not be welcome in Germany!
(Press Release)
May 27, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) demands more global pressure on the Sudanese government to release Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, a convert who was recently sentenced to death. "After the birth of her daughter on Monday, the Christian woman is now in great danger: she could be executed because she converted to Christianity," said the STP's Africa-consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Tuesday. "The federal government should emphasize that Sudan's Foreign Minister is not welcome in Germany if such absurd criminal proceedings can lead to death by hanging." Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti is planning to take part in an event of the Afrika-Verein (German-African Business Association) in Berlin on June 4, 2014.
Mass arrests in north-western China – At least 480 Uyghurs arrested since April
Beijing needs a change in strategy to stop the violence – imprisoned human rights activists must be set free
(Press Release)
May 26, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) reports that there are continued mass arrests of Uyghur people in north-western China. "At least 480 Uyghurs were arrested for political reasons since the beginning of April 2014," said the STP's Asia-consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Monday. The human rights organization demands a change in strategy to stop the escalation of violence in Xinjiang (East Turkestan). Most recently, terrorists attacked a vegetable market in the city of Urumchi on May 23, killing 43 people. "Peking will only stir up the violence and cause more resentment among the Uyghurs by criminalizing the more than 100 family members of terror suspects and arbitrarily arresting Muslim women and girls who insist on wearing a veil. The detained Uyghur human rights activists must be released in order to prevent a further increase of violence. Only a credible dialogue with the moderate Uyghurs might calm down the tense situation in Xinjiang."
Turkish Prime Minister expected in Germany (May 24, 2014)
Erdogan's appearance in Cologne is clearly part of an election campaign by a nationalist tactitian
(Press Release)
May 23, 2014

According to the Society for Threatened Peoples in Göttingen, the planned visit of the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to Cologne on May 24, 2014, is clearly "part of an election campaign by a nationalist tactitian". On Friday, the human rights organization criticized: "Someone who tries to separate the society, to agitate against Kurds, Armenians, Greeks, Alevis, Christians, Yazidis and also against moderate Muslims – and also lets Islamists from all over the world travel through to Syria – should not be able to advertise his politics in Germany."
150 years ago: the end of the Russian-Caucasian war – the beginning of the genocide against the Circassians (May 21, 1864)
Descendants of genocide victims are still suffering today – Circassian movement under pressure
(Press Release)
May 20, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) commemorates the beginning of the genocide against the Circassians exactly 150 years ago. "To this day, the descendants of the genocide victims suffer from the crimes of collective expulsion of their people by the Russian government on May 21, 1864, following the Russian-Caucasian war," reported the STP's expert on questions regarding the CIS states, Sarah Reinke, in Berlin on Tuesday.
May 16, 2014

Given the severe flooding in the Balkans, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) sent an urgent appeal to the German Federal Government to immediately provide extensive emergency relief for Bosnia. The human rights organization also sent a request to the German aid agencies to agree on a joint donations account for Bosina, following the example of the efforts for the victims of the Elbe flood a year ago. "After all the suffering caused by war, the people must be helped as fast as possible," is what the STP's General Secretary, Tilman Zülch, wrote to Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday.
70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars (May 18)
EU and OSCE must prevent a second exile for Mustafa Dschemilew. Travel ban on leader of the Crimean Tatars must be revoked!
(Press Release)
May 16, 2014

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the collective deportation of the Crimean Tatars under Josef Stalin on May 18, 1944, the Society for Threatened Peoples has sent an appeal to the EU embassies and the OSCE Mission to Ukraine to put pressure on the Russian authorities to allow Mustafa Dzhemilev – the leading representative of the minority group – to travel to the Crimea. A few weeks ago, The Russian-dominated authorities had placed a travel ban on Dzhemilev, who had practiced peaceful resistance in the Soviet Union for decades and thus paved the way for the return of the Crimean Tatars.
May 14, 2014

Following a new wave of politically motivated killings and massacres of the civilian population in the Central African Republic, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) demands an International Crisis Summit to discuss effective measures to stop the escalating violence. "The Central African Republic is still not safe – despite the 7.000-strong peacekeeping mission by the European Union and countries of the African Union. On average, there are about 90 victims every week," reported Ulrich Delius, the STP's Africa-consultant in Göttingen on Wednesday.
May 14, 2014

On occasion of the sixth anniversary of the arrest of seven leading members of the Iranian Bahá'is on May 14, 2008, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) recalls the fate of the two innocent women and five men and warned that the ongoing deterioration of the human rights situation in Iran must not be ignored. The seven Bahá'is were sentenced to 20 years in prison simply because of their religious affiliation.
Sudan: death sentence for a heavily pregnant woman
Chancellor must try to prevent execution of a Christian doctor
(Press Release)
May 09, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples sends an appeal to Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Human Rights Commissioner of the Federal Government, Christoph Strässer, to try to save the life of a heavily pregnant Christian woman in Sudan, who is to be executed because she allegedly seceded from Islam and committed adultery. "Meriam Yahia Ibrahim must not die simply because there is less and less religious freedom in Sudan in order to enforce the Islamization of the country," said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Africa-consultant, in Göttingen on Tuesday. "The case of the pregnant doctor is especially tragic because she never really belonged to the Islam." Last Sunday – Mother's Day – the El-Haj-Yousif Court in Khartoum sentenced the 27-year-old mother of a 20-months-old son to death. Before the execution, she is to receive 100 lashes. The sentences are to be carried out after childbirth.

May 09, 2014

On occasion of the first ASEAN summit in Burma this Saturday, the member states should advocate for a political solution to the Rohingya issue and for human rights in the south-east Asian country. The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) sent an according appeal to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers and State Presidents.
Human rights advocate murdered
Pakistan must abolish blasphemy laws
(Press Release)
May 08, 2014

After a human rights advocate was murdered in Pakistan on Wednesday evening, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) demanded that the blasphemy laws in the south-Asian country must be abolished immediately. "The blasphemy laws lead to more arbitrariness and violence and are systematically abused to restrict the religious freedom of religious minorities," explained Ulrich Delius, the STP's Asia-consultant, on Thursday.
New terrorist attack in northern Nigeria causes many victims
Nigeria fails in fight against Boko Haram – no quick relief in sight for kidnapped schoolgirls
(Press Release)
May 07, 2014

Following another terrorist attack in northern Nigeria with up to 300 victims, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) accuses the police and the army of the country of failing to fight the Boko Haram sect.
Ethiopia: About 80 students and school pupils killed in a protest crackdown
United Nations should investigate violence against the Oromo in Ethiopia
(Press Release)
May 07, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) asks Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, to deploy a commission of inquiry to Ethiopia to investigate the bloody crackdown of a demonstration by Oromo students and school pupils.
An urgent call for help by the Wintu people of northern California (USA)
"An enlargement of the Shasta Dam will destroy our livelihood"
(Press Release)
May 06, 2014

The Winnemem Wintu, a Native American tribe in Northern California, are sending an urgent appeal to the international public. They must fear for their existence because the Shasta Dam is to be raised by six meters. In consequence, their holy sites and also the salmon trails will be irretrievably destroyed.
May 05, 2014

There are more and more repressions against Crimean Tatars. As reported by the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) in Göttingen on Monday, the minority group's democratic representation, the Mejlis in Simferopol, is threatened to be closed down. The prosecutor of Crimea addressed the Investigation Committee of the Russian secret service FSB to open charges against the chairman of the Mejlis, Refat Chubarov, and other members of the panel, because of "illegal extremist activities."
May 02, 2014

On occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) asks the German Federal Government to show more commitment towards the freedom of the press in their strategic partner countries and countries in which German is involved in development programs and job training initiatives.
Fear of a humanitarian catastrophe in South Sudan
Hundreds of thousands of needy people cannot be reached by aid workers
(Press Release)
April 30, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) warns about an impending humanitarian catastrophe in South Sudan. "Hundreds of thousands of needy people in the South Sudanese states of Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile cannot be reached by aid workers due to the fighting and the beginning of the rainy season," said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Africa-consultant, in Göttingen on Wednesday. "The situation has become especially bad in the state of Unity, were about 40 percent of the almost 600,000 residents have fled from the fighting. Tens of thousands of people are on the run in the region around the town of Bentiu alone. The conflict parties must immediately respect the ceasefire agreement which was signed on January 23, 2014, to prevent a mass extinction."
Nigeria: Two weeks after the kidnapping of 234 pupils, the fate of 190 hostages remains unresolved
Women’s organizations initiate mass rally for kidnapped schoolgirls
(Press Release)
April 29, 2014

Women's organizations expect that about one million people will take part in a demonstration in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, on Wednesday. The women called for a rally to demand the release of 190 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the Islamist Boko Haram sect in the north of the country two weeks ago – as reported by the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) in Göttingen on Tuesday.
Central African Republic: 22 people killed in an attack on an aid organization
Muslims flee from Bangui – Ongoing violence impedes humanitarian aid for needy civilians
(Press Release)
April 28, 2014

In the Central African Republic, the humanitarian situation for the civil people is growing worse, due to the ongoing violence and the lawlessness and arbitrariness of the militias. On Monday, the Africa-consultant of the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) in Göttingen, Ulrich Delius, reported: "Many aid organizations are forced to close down their branch offices
April 28, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (GfbV) is supporting the planned visit of the American Consulate in Istanbul today by Turks and Kurds who want to protest against an imposed entry ban by the U.S. authorities on the Turkish Kurd expert and sociologist Ismail Besikci. “Refusing Besikci’s entry into the U.S. is a scandalous attempt to silence a widely respected voice of a scientist for the Kurds in Turkey“, criticized Dr. Kamal Sido, Middle East consultant of the international human rights organization based in Goettingen.
Beijing introduces more restrictions to civil rights:
Criticism of the petition reform in China: The new regulations will lead to more violent protests
(Press Release)
April 25, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) accuses the government of the Chinese People's Republic of introducing more restrictions to civil rights by means of the reform of the petition system. A new regulation, which will come into force on May 1, will disentitle petitioners of addressing the central government with their appeals. With only a few exceptions, all petitions are then to be handled by the local authorities – which are, however, often the instances that the petitioners are accusing of civil rights violations. "It's like setting a fox to keep the geese – and there will be even less petitioners whose petitions are granted. In China, there is no rule of law to guarantee that petitions will be examined by an independent and credible instance," criticized Ulrich Delius, the STP's Asia-consultant, in Göttingen on Friday.
Chechen human rights activist on trial (April 25, 2014)
A "confession" due to severe torture – the Society for Threatened Peoples is concerned about Ruslan Kutaev
(Press Release)
April 25, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) expressed worries concerning Ruslan Kutaev, the Chechen human rights defender. On Friday, he will have to appear before a court in the Chechen town of Urus-Martan for the alleged possession of eight grams of heroin. However, human rights activists who were able to visit him in detention testified that he was tortured and thus forced to confess.
April 24, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) sends an urgent call for more humanitarian aid for the civilian population in north-eastern Nigeria, which is suffering from the ongoing terror of the Islamist Boko Haram sect. "According to official Nigerian statistics, about 250,000 civilians fled to the states of Yobe, Adamawa and Borno since January 2014, due to attacks by Boko Haram," reported Ulrich Delius, the STP's Africa-expert in Göttingen on Thursday. "For fear of new attacks, many refugees decide not to seek protection in camps provided by government institutions or aid agencies, but rather hide out at relatives' or friends' houses. Nevertheless, they desperately need more support, because there is no hope for an imminent end to the violence or for a possibility for them to return to their villages soon."
Petersburg Dialogue in Leipzig on April 23, 2014
Reveal Putin's duplicity! Cancel the travel ban on Dzhemilev, the leader of the Crimean Tatars!
(Press Release)
April 23, 2014

The participants of the Petersburg Dialogue in Leipzig should use their talks with the representatives of the Russian civil society on Wednesday to criticize Vladimir Putin's duplicity and to demand a cancellation of the travel ban against Mustafa Dzhemilev, the leader of the Crimean Tatars – as demanded by the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) during a vigil in front of the conference building.
April 22, 2014

On Tuesday, one week after up to 234 schoolgirls were abducted by fighters of the Islamist sect Boko Haram, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) criticized Nigeria's government and security forces sharply, stating that it is a sign of incapacity that there is no reliable information on the actual number of abductees or their whereabouts. "There must be more efforts to set them free," demanded Ulrich Delius, the STP's Africa-consultant, in Göttingen. "Nigeria's police, army and governors will lose all their credibility if they try to deceive the public about the fate of the abductees."
April 16, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (GfbV) has appealed to the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Wednesday to assist in the investigation of the fate of two Christian bishops. The 22th April 2014 marks the day of their abduction, without any sign of life from the two dignitaries from Aleppo.
German Foreign Minister visits China and Japan (April 12 to 14)
China: Steinmeier should advocate for human rights
(Press Release)
April 11, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) has sent an appeal to Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to advocate for persecuted human rights activists in China. Steinmeier is expected in Beijing on Sunday. "In China, there are drastic sentences against human rights defenders or arbitrary arrests of human rights activists every week," said the STP's Asia-consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Friday. "Today, an appeals court in Beijing confirmed a four-year prison sentence against human rights advocate Xu Zhiyong.

  
April 11, 2014

Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) condemned a verdict against 13 civil and human rights activists as “politically motivated arbitrary justice” in Phnom Penh on Friday. The men were handed down prison sentences of five to nine years. Documents with statements extracted under duress were presented as incriminating evidence against the accused, among them five Khmer Krom men and one woman. At the court hearing, all of the men revoked their testimonies and asserted they had signed them under severe pressure from their interrogators at the Ministry of Interior.
April 09, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) accuses Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi of not showing enough commitment for the human rights of the victims of persecution in Burma. "We are deeply disappointed that the opposition politician, who was persecuted for so long herself, remains silent about the systematic exclusion and expulsion of the Muslim Rohingya," said the STP's Asia-consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Wednesday.
More than 215,000 new refugees in Darfur since the beginning of the year
Militias destroy more than 120 villages in western Sudan – militias must be disarmed and disbanded
(Press Release)
April 08, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) demands that a militia set up by the Sudanese Army must be disarmed and disbanded. The goup is responsible for driving off the population of entire regions in South and North Darfur. "More than 215,000 civilians were forced to flee from Darfur since January 2014 because of the so-called 'Rapid Support Forces'," said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Africa-consultant in Göttingen.
Founder of the STP honoured
Tilman Zülch appointed honorary citizen of Sarajevo
(Press Release)
April 07, 2014

Tilman Zülch, founder and Secretary General of the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) in Germany, was appointed honorary citizen of Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, on Sunday.On Monday, the Bosnian section of the STP announced that mayor Prof. Dr. Ivo Komsic honored the 74-year-old during a ceremony held at the State Theatre: "Tilman Zülch's life is characterized by his overwhelmingly strong commitment to fight for the human rights of the most endangered ethnic groups all over the world.
April 08, 2014

"Take Heart, Mrs. Chancellor! Offer ‘our’ Roma children a future in Germany!" On occasion of the International Roma Day on April 8, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma and the Roma youth organization Amaro Drom sent an appeal to Angela Merkel to demand a right to stay for Kosovan Roma children who were born or raised in Germany. The organizations also asked all members of parliament and all interior ministers and senators of the federal republic and the federal states for support.

April 03, 2014

As the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) in Göttingen reported on Thursday, several Armenian associations in Germany and all over the world have sent an urgent appeal to Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, demanding that the UN should condemn the expulsion of Armenian Christians from Syria and keep the Turkish government within bounds in order to protect the refugees.
Crimea crisis: Minorities fear for their safety!
Agitations against Muslim Crimean Tatars and Ukrainian Jews leads to first refugee movements
(Press Release)
March 31, 2014

In Crimea, anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish agitation has led to first refugee movements. About 5,000 members of the population group of the Muslim Crimean Tatars – mainly women and children – have already left the peninsula in recent days and weeks, as reported by the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) on Monday. In addition, Crimea's well-known reformist Jewish rabbi, Mihail Kapustin, fled from Simferopol to Kiev for fear of anti-Jewish riots – and representatives of Simferopol's Chabad organization, Jitzchak, Meir-Lifshitz, and his wife Leja, left Crimea with their community's Torah scrolls in order to bring the sacred writings to safety.
China’s President Xi Jinping visits Berlin
No deference towards China's leaders – Demand human rights for victims of persecution!
(Press Release)
March 28, 2014

On occasion of the meeting between China's President Xi Jinping and German politicians in Berlin on Friday, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) demands human rights in China. The STP will hold a vigil together with Uyghurs, Tibetans and Chinese protesters in front of the Federal President's Office and the Federal Chancellery to demand an end to the persecution of human rights activists in the People's Republic. "There should be no deference towards Xi Jinping," said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Asia consultant. "World powers must respect basic human rights too. Also, foreign investors will not be pleased to see that China breaches even its own laws."

  
March 27, 2014

Tilman Zülch, General Secretary and founder of the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), was honored with the European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma in Berlin on Thursday. The award is endowed with 15,000 Euros in prize money. During the ceremony at the Foreign Office, the chairman of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, Romani Rose, praised Zülch's commitment and said: "The commitment of an individual that is not willing to accept obvious injustice can make a change in social reality if it becomes a commitment of many others and sparks political action." He thanked the 74-year-old human rights activist for the many years of support and for an admirable life's work in advocating for human rights."
China's President sees Germany as a good example for Japan concerning the coming to terms with the past
Japan and China should no longer deny crimes! Berlin: Commemoration of the millions of victims of Mao's reign
(Press Release)
March 27, 2014

On Thursday evening, the day before the visit of China's President Xi Jinping to Germany, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) organized a human rights campaign at the Neue Wache in Berlin, to commemorate the millions of victims under the rule of Mao Zedong in China.
March 26, 2014

A few days before Xi Jinping's visit to Germany, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) accused the Chinese President of being responsible for unprecedented persecutions of human rights activists. According to a new human rights report which was published by the STP on Wednesday, the situation for China's human rights activists was never as bad during the past 15 years as it is today, under President Xi Jinping. Instead of implementing democratic reforms, the new president decided in favor of more persecutions, intimidations, arbitrary detentions, torture, unfair trials, long prison sentences and more deaths of human rights defenders in detention.
International Women's Day: Failed politics have alarming consequences for women all over the world
STP demands Germany to advocate for the protection of the civilian population in armed conflicts
(Press Release)

  
March 06, 2014

On the occasion of the International Women's Day (March 8th), the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) published a memorandum to provide documentation for women's fates in armed conflicts, as refugees and in post-conflict societies.

Download the 22-page memorandum (in German language) concerning women as victims of war and violence.
Central African Republic: exodus of more than 100,000 Muslims
Ethnic cleansing instead of a genocide – No effective protection for the civilian population
(Press Release)
March 05, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples criticizes the lack of protection for the oppressed Muslims in the Central African Republic. "It is cynical of the French military representatives to announce that the security situation in the civil war country has stabilized," said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Africa-consultant, in Göttingen on Wednesday. "A genocide was only averted by accepting ethnic cleansing and a forced exodus of more than 100,000 Muslims – not exactly a success in protecting the civilian population. The expelled Muslims, who have often been living in the country for decades, are paying a high price for the so-called stabilization of the state." In interviews, the commander of the French "Sangaris" Forces, General Francisco Soriano, seemed confident and announced that the security situation had improved significantly – despite the forced exodus of the religious minority group.
Ukraine crisis: Germany should follow the example of the US and terminate all military cooperation with Russia
Federal Security Council must stop construction Rheinmetall AG from building an army training center in Russia
(Press Release)
March 04, 2014

"Given the fact that Russia is putting military pressure on Ukraine, Germany must terminate all military cooperation with Russia immediately," said Tilman Zülch, Secretary General of the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP). The German company Rheinmetall AG is planning to finish building an army training center with state-of-the-art simulation technology for the anti-guerrilla struggle in Russia this year. "The Federal Security Council and Chancellor Angela Merkel must stop the construction work for the army training center immediately and send a clear signal to Russia. The fact that Russian troops have breached international law must have consequences for the military cooperation between the two countries," said Zülch.
Northern Nigeria: 2,000 victims of Islamist terror since a state of emergency was imposed in May 2013
38 new victims of Boko Haram in northern Nigeria
(Press Release)
March 04, 2014

According to the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), there are now more than 2,000 Christians and Muslims who died in politically motivated violence by the Islamist sect Boko Haram since a state of emergency was imposed on three states in northern Nigeria in May 2013. "Yesterday, 3 police officers and 35 Muslim civilians were killed in the village of Mafa – marking a new peak of violence in north-eastern Nigeria," said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Africa-consultant, in Göttingen on Tuesday. "We are deeply concerned about the fact that the number of victims of Islamist violence in northern Nigeria is increasing so fast. 699 people died in raids and bomb attacks since January 2014. Also, the violence tends to spread from north-eastern Nigeria to the neighboring regions. Eight people died in a firefight between Cameroonian soldiers and Boko Haram militants in Cameroon last Sunday."
Crisis in Ukraine: Russian President Putin instrumentalizes minorities
Criticism of Russia's dishonest minority policy
(Press Release)
March 03, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) accuses Russia's President Vladimir Putin of trying to establish a dishonest minority policy. The human rights organization – which has been fighting for the minority groups in Russia for more than 40 years – criticizes that Putin continues to misuse minority politics while ignoring their rights and demands systematically. "President Putin is playing the minority card – but only to protect the Russian minority! …and only because it might be an advantage for him, as he believes he can use the issue to fool the EU," criticized Sarah Reinke, CIS-consultant for the Society for Threatened Peoples in Berlin. He repeatedly advocated for the Russian-speaking minorities in the Baltic states, accusing the EU and the Council of Europe of double standards at the same time. It is dishonest of him to try and depict the Russian government as a protecting power for the Russians in the Crimea, because many of the minority groups, ethnic groups, religious communities and indigenous peoples in Russia are increasingly discriminated against, persecuted, oppressed or even fought openly, as in the case of Chechnya."
A bloody weekend in northern Nigeria: 112 people killed in Boko Haram conflict – 661 victims since the beginning of the year
Nigeria's security forces fail to fight Boko Haram effectively – Almost 2,000 dead since May 2013
(Press Release)
March 03, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) accuses Nigeria's police and armed forces of failing to fight the Islamist sect Boko Haram effectively. "Instead of protecting the civilian population from the attacks, more and more civilians get killed every week," said STP-consultant Ulrich Delius in Göttingen on Monday. "Another 112 people got killed last weekend. Since the beginning of the year 2014, the sect's violence has caused an average of 82 victims per week among the Christians and Muslims in Northern Nigeria. 661 died in bomb attacks and raids committed by the extremists since January 1, 2014 – and a total of 1,962 Christians and Muslims died in the Boko Haram conflict since a state of emergency was imposed on the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa on May 14, 2013."
China: Uyghurs accused of killing 33 people in a bloodbath in Kunming
Stop the cycle of violence in Xinjiang – Uyghurs must not be demonized! Plans for a regional anti- terror act
(Press Release)
March 02, 2014

Following the terrible bloodbath at a train station in Kunming, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) warns that the Uyghur population in China must not be demonized. "We strongly condemn the attack. It will cause even more prejudice against the Uyghur people in China – and the state-controlled media in China will not mention that the majority of the Uyghurs stick to peaceful protests when demanding their human rights and basic civil rights. The tragedy in Kunming will perpetuate the cycle of violence in Xinjiang," warned Ulrich Delius, the STP's Asia-consultant, in Göttingen on Sunday.
Struggle for power on the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine
Don't let down the Crimean Tatars!
(Press Release)
February 27, 2014

"The German federal government must not let down the approximately 300,000 Crimean Tatars of the Crimean peninsula," said Tilman Zülch, Secretary-General of the Society for Threatened Peoples, in Göttingen on Thursday. "Russia is trying to win over the Russian majority in Crimea. Putin has called the Russian troops in the west of the Russian Federation to alert and reportedly already distributed Russian passports, while the Crimean Tatars fear for the multicultural coexistence on the peninsula. From the outset, they had supported the democratic pro-European protests on the Maidan in Kiev," said Zülch.
China condones an escalation of the Uyghur-conflict
Well-known Uyghur professor of Economics accused of separatism
(Press Release)
February 26, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) criticizes the fact that China has now formally accused the well-known Uyghur economist Ilham Tohti of separatism. "The charge of separatism is an act of arbitrariness – and it will further poison the co-existence of Han Chinese and Uyghur people in the multiethnic state of China. Tohti acted as a mediator between the different cultures and is also well-known among European diplomats. An attempt to imprison him for several years must either be mindless or an act of provocation to stir up more violence," said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Asia-consultant, in Göttingen on Wednesday. "We urge the German Federal Government and the European Union to protest against the arbitrary legal proceedings and to demand Ilham Tohti's immediate release."
February 25, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) demands better protection for Egyptian Coptic Christians living in Libya. "The Copts in Libya cannot be treated as fair game any longer," said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Africa-consultant, in Göttingen on Tuesday. "Libya must guarantee a minimum level of safety for the Christian minority. Otherwise, the freedom of religion in the Muslim-majority state is no longer guaranteed. "On Monday, the dead bodies of seven Coptic people from Egypt were found on a beach near a suburb of Benghazi. They had apparently been killed by shots to the head.
Well-known Chechen human rights activist arrested!
Commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Chechens and Ingush are not welcome
(Press Release)
February 25, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) urges the Russian and Chechen authorities to release Ruslan Kutajew, a human rights activist and president of the Association of the Peoples of the North Caucasus. "Apparently, Kutajew is to be punished because he recently used a conference speech to commemorate the deportation of the Chechens and Ingush 70 years ago. Kadyrov has been downplaying this crime for years and has also ordered a monument to the deportation in Grozny to be dismantled," said Sarah Reinke, the STP's CIS-consultant in Berlin on Tuesday.
South Sudan: United Nations publish human rights report
Civilians need protection – stop impunity! More than a million people on the run
(Press Release)
February 23, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) appeals to all the conflict parties of the civil war in South Sudan to protect the civilian population. The STP also calls for an end to impunity and demands that those who are responsible for the serious attacks on the civilian population must be brought to justice. "More than a million people have fled from their homes in South Sudan since mid-December 2013, trying to escape arbitrary executions and arrests, mass murder, torture, rape and pillage," said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Africa-consultant, in Göttingen on Sunday.
70th anniversary of the deportation of the Chechens and Ingush (February 23)
Criticism of Germany's policy towards the Caucasus: looking the other way will lead to more conflicts and to a refugee crisis
(Press Release)
February 21, 2014

On occasion of the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the deportation of the Chechens and Ingush, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) criticizes Germany's policy towards Russia and the Caucasus. "With Germany's policy of ignoring serious human rights violations in the Caucasus region, the federal government will indirectly encourage more human rights violations and force more Chechens to flee from their homes to Germany," said Sarah Reinke, the STP's CIS-consultant, in Berlin on Friday. "Instead of offering these refugees shelter in Germany in order to use their witness statements as a means of fighting impunity in the Caucasus, the refugees are sent back to the EU-country they came from without looking into their individual."
February 20, 2014

On occasion of the International Mother Language Day, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) points out that more than 600 languages and dialects are threatened with extinction. Another 1.800 of the more than 6.000 languages in the world are becoming rare. "The reasons for their dying out are as diverse as the languages themselves," explains STP-consultant Sarah Reinke. Often, it is the influence of media and the mixing of languages that leads to an extinction of the rare languages.
Central African Republic: Only 14 percent of the necessary humanitarian aid covered
Not enough safety – too little help: international community fails in refugee drama
(Press Release)
February 19, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) demands more humanitarian aid and more safety for the civilian population in the embattled Central African Republic. "20 years after the genocide in Rwanda, the international community is now unable to act fast enough in the Central African Republic," said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Africa-consultant, in Goettingen on Wednesday.
870,000 people from South Sudan are on the run – 3.7 million people need humanitarian aid
South Sudan is threatened with famine – a race against time! Without peace, there is no end to hunger in sight!
(Press Release)
February 17, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) warns about a famine in South Sudan. "It's a race against time for the aid workers who are trying to provide sufficient supplies for the 3.7 million needy people in South Sudan before the beginning of the rainy season in April," said the STP's Africa-consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Monday. Also, the crop failures will be a serious problem next year. Many farmers were not able to sow anything because of the violent struggle for power that has been going on since mid-December of 2013. "The aid missions are dependent on a better safety situation." There are still countless violations of the ceasefire agreement, so most of the 870,000 people who fled from their homes in South Sudan since mid-December 2013 could not return yet.
Northern Nigeria: 334 people killed by Boko Haram since January 2014
65 people fall victim to massacres by Islamists
(Press Release)
February 16, 2014

At least 65 people were killed on Saturday night, when fighters of the Islamist terror sect Boko Haram raided several villages in the state of Borno, northern Nigeria. Eyewitnesses reported that most of the victims were Christians. "The Boko Haram terror sect has killed 334 people in northern Nigeria since early January 2014," reported the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) on Sunday. "In northern Nigeria, 1,580 Christians and Muslims got killed in raids by Islamist fighters since a state of emergency was imposed on the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe on May 14, 2013," said the STP's Africa-consultant Ulrich Delius.
China: New violence in Xinjiang – 254 dead since January 2013
More repression and proceedings against alleged terrorists – China's government must rethink to stop violence
(Press Release)
February 15, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) demands an end to the persecution of Uyghur human rights activists in order to stop violence from spreading in north-western China. "China's authorities must release the dozens of Uyghur bloggers, journalists, scientists and human rights activists who are detained for political reasons. Also, there must be credible attempts towards a dialogue with the Uyghurs – and the restrictions of their freedom of religion must be reversed," said the STP's Asia correspondent, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Saturday. "For the increasing violence is also a consequence of the increased repression by the security forces."
Northern Nigeria: More than 1,500 people killed by Boko Haram since May 2013
Nine months of anti-terror measures have not brought more safety – 51 Muslims killed in Islamist terrorist attacks
(Press Release)
February 13, 2014

Nine months after a state of emergency was imposed on three states in northern Nigeria, the army and police forces have still not succeeded in ensuring safety for the civilian population. "More than 1,500 people have fallen victim to terrorist attacks by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram since a state of emergency was imposed on Borno, Adamawa and Yobe on May 14, 2013," reported Ulrich Delius, Africa consultant of the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), in Göttingen on Thursday.
February 12, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) warns that the planned Bundeswehr Training Mission in Somalia should not help the warlords to gain influence in politics and society. Ulrich Delius, the STP's Africa-consultant, called for "more realism" in assessing the extremely tense situation in Somalia. On Wednesday, he declared in Göttingen: "The Bundeswehr should not take part in the training mission as long as Somalia's army and the government authorities are still involved in human rights violations.
Islamists abduct aid workers and commit massacre on Tuareg civilians
The war against Islamist extremists in northern Mali is by far not over yet!
(Press Release)
February 11, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) warns that the war against the Islamist extremists in northern Mali could still go on for quite a while. "The French troops managed to drive the Islamist terrorists out of the cities in the course of the past 13 months, but they were able to regroup in some of the rural areas and to commit new attacks," said the STP's Africa-consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Tuesday.
Central African Republic: 69,000 Muslims flee violence – the minority group needs better protection
Peacekeepers are unable to stop violence – serious human rights violations continue
(Press Release)
February 09, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) warns about a possible failure of the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic. "Nine weeks after the beginning of the French military intervention, the French soldiers and the peacekeeping forces of the African states have still not succeeded in stopping the violence in the Central African Republic," said the STP's Africa-consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Sunday.
Government buildings in Sarajevo are burning – for the first time since the war against Bosnia.
Bosnia is burning, while the Federal Government in Berlin and the EU are watching – again!
(Press Release)
February 08, 2014

From Tuzla Zenica to Sarajevo, protesters are occupying government buildings out of sheer anger and despair. Several buildings were damaged or set on fire, because the corrupt elites are ignoring their economic plight and the health risks that have become life-threatening.

Observers had predicted the escalation. The government in Berlin and the EU were warned – but German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Governments in Europe chose to tolerate the situation.
February 07, 2014

A few hours before the opening of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) organized a human rights campaign in front of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Berlin, raising serious allegations against President Vladimir Putin. "Putin is mocking the descendants of the Circassian genocide victims. Also, there will be even more violence and arbitrariness in the regions of the Northern Caucasus," criticized the STP's expert on the CIS states, Sarah Reinke, in Berlin on Friday.
February 07, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) sent an appeal to Federal President Joachim Gauck and the Burmese Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, asking them to work towards a political solution of the Rohingya issue in order to secure peace, democracy and stability in Burma." The continued attacks against the Muslim minority are stirring up violence and despotism. Also, the situation is a threat for the process of democratization in the country, which was politically isolated for decades," said the STP's Asia-consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Friday.
Defence Minister visits German soldiers in Mali
Will German soldiers be operating in Mali too? - The European Training Mission is a long-term task
(Press Release)
February 06, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) has asked Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen to ascertain whether Bundeswehr instructors will be involved in the European Army Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali. "This would not only very risky, but the Bundeswehr soldiers would also need to be better prepared for the complex background of the violence, in which Islamist terrorists and the Tuareg are involved," said the STP's Africa-consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Thursday.
February 05, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) criticizes the planned extension of the Bundeswehr mission in Mali as a case of "window dressing". "More German soldiers do not necessarily mean more safety. Northern Mali needs more political initiatives, jobs and a sustainable development to secure peace," said the STP's Africa-consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Wednesday.
February 04, 2014

On Tuesday, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) will hold a vigil in front of the Federal Chancellery building, to ask Chancellor Angela Merkel to urge the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to allow humanitarian help for the needy Kurds and Christians in Syria. "Please urge Erdogan to open the three border crossings at Jazeera, Kobanî (Ain al-Arab) and Afrin in northern Syria, to allow permanent access," says the letter by the international human rights organization to Merkel.
Sudan demands an end to the efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)!
Sudan risks humanitarian supplies from more than a million needy
(Press Release)
February 02, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) accuses the government of Sudan of trying to interfere with the efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and thus risking the lives of more than one million civilians who are on the edge of starving. "It is irresponsible to withdraw the working permit for one of the most important aid agencies. With about 700 volunteers, the ICRC provides help for more than 6.1 million needy people in Sudan," said Ulrich Delius, the STP's expert on questions regarding Africa, in Göttingen on Sunday.
Olympic Winter Games in Sochi – Criticism against Thomas Bach
The IOC has become the "lapdog" of Vladimir Putin – a new memorandum on the human rights situation in the Caucasus!
(Press Release)
January 29, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) has expressed sharp criticism against the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach. The Göttingen-based human rights organization published an open letter to Bach, accusing the IOC of becoming the "lapdog" of Vladimir Putin and of betraying the Olympic ideal of tolerance and peace. Despite several appeals, also by the STP, Bach did not try to advocate for an end to Putin's inhuman politics and for more freedom rights for the people in Russia.
Human rights violations against Rohingya continue
Burma is building a ghetto for 4,300 Muslims
(Press Release)

  
January 29, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) accuses Burma's government of building a ghetto for 4,300 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority in the city of Sittwe (Arakan State / Rakhine). "With are deeply concerned about the fact that, during in the past four days, police and military forces have been sealing off the district Aungmingla with Bamboo and Betel stems," said Ulrich Delius, the STP's Asia-consultant, in Göttingen on Wednesday. The Muslim population group has been living in the area for decades, but now they are not allowed to leave the district, which is guarded by security forces.
January 27, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) called for more a more effective monitoring of the ceasefire arrangements in South Sudan. "The International Community must urgently put pressure on the conflict parties to ensure that the ceasefire agreement will not become a worthless piece of paper. It was enforced three days ago, but the fighting continues," reported the STP's Africa-consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Monday.
Anti-corruption activist sentenced to prison – Uyghur professor faces a charge of "separatism" – 24 people killed in Xinjiang
China intensifies measures against human rights activists
(Press Release)
January 26, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) accuses China's government of ignoring the rule of law and of systematically criminalizing human rights activists.

At least 65 human rights activists were arrested or abducted by Chinese security forces since March 2013.
Criticism against plans to reform the "Deutsche Welle":
Germany's voice in Africa should be strengthened, not weakened!
(Press Release)
January 24, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) criticizes the planned cuts of the French program of the "Deutsche Welle" in Africa and the announced cancellation of its Portuguese program. "Germany's voice in Africa should be strengthened, not weakened – especially because there will be German peacekeepers taking part in peace missions", said the STP's Africa-consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Friday.
Masked police officers against Genocide Memorial:
Visegrad's Serbian Municipality obstructs memorial for Bosnian genocide-victims
(Press Release)
January 23, 2014

The Serbian Municipality of Visegrad decided to send out police forces to prevent a public memorial service for the survivors of the genocide against Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks) that took place in the eastern Bosnian town near the Drina river during the Bosnian war (1992-1995).
South Sudan: More than 600,000 refugees since mid-December 2013
Destroyed cities, scorched earth – the severe human rights violations must be punished!
(Press Release)

  
January 23, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) accuses all conflict parties in South Sudan of serious human rights violations and demands that those who are responsible must be punished. "It is not enough to sign a truce and leave the persons responsible for massacres, rapes, looting, arson and abuse of child soldiers to go unpunished," said the STP's Africa-consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Thursday.

  
January 22, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) accuses the Chinese government of trying to silence human rights activists in order to ensure its retention of power.

"At least 65 human rights activists were arrested or abducted by the Chinese security forces since March 2013," reported the STP's Asia-consultant, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Wednesday.
Eyewitnesses report ongoing violence against the Muslim minority in Burma:
A call for an independent investigation of human rights violations – The Buddhist extremist movement must be banned
(Press Release)

  
January 21, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) calls for an independent investigation of the alleged human rights crimes committed against members of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Burma. Eyewitnesses reported to the human rights organization about an incident during which 60 Rohingya were killed when Burmese security forces and Buddhist extremists attacked the village of Du Chee Yar Tan in Maungdaw district (Arakan State) on January 14, 2014.
The EU Foreign Ministers Council ignores the dramatic situation in Libya (January 20):
Inter-ethnic violence in Libya escalates – the refugee issue remains unresolved
(Press Release)

  
January 20, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) criticizes that the European Union shows lack of interest regarding the escalating violence and the lawlessness in Libya.
STP welcomes Steinmeier's appeal for a European intervention in the Central African Republic
Human rights activists expect a mammoth task: The Muslim exodus impedes reconciliation
(Press Release)

  
January 19, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) welcomes an appeal by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, asking the countries of the EU to assist France in the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic.
Attacks on minorities in the course of a strike by textile workers in Cambodia
Buddhist monks of the Khmer Krom minority were arrested and intimidated
(Press Release)

  
January 06, 2014

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) sent a note of protest to the government of Cambodia because security forces had seriously abused Buddhist monks of the Khmer Krom minority in the course of a demonstration by textile workers who are on strike.
An appeal to the Foreign Ministers of the United States and Russia
Don’t give in to the pressure from Turkey – do not exclude the Kurds from the Syria-conference!
(Press Release)
January 15, 2014

On Wednesday, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) in Göttingen sent an urgent appeal to the Foreign Ministers of the United States and Russia to insist that Kurdish representatives must be able to take part in the international peace conference on Syria which will take place in Switzerland next Wednesday (January 22).
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