"Afrin is surrounded by deep ditches and protective walls," reported Kamal Sido, our Middle East consultant, after his 15-day visit to the embattled Kurdish areas in the north-west of Syria. During the two weeks, he held talks with politicians and representatives of various ethnic and religious minorities.
Afrin, Kobani and Cazire in the far northeast of Syria are in desperate need of help.
The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) urges the foreign ministers of Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia to investigate the fate of 300 Rohingya boat people who were recently forced back into the open sea by the countries’ navies and have now been reported missing.
The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) demands better protection for religious minorities in Pakistan. In Pakistan, it is especially the members of religious minorities who become victims of politically motivated extremism. Whether it is the Shiite Hazara, the Ismailis, Ahmadiyyahs, Sikhs, Christians or Hindus; it is dangerous for members of the religious minority groups to practice their faith.
The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), welcomes the fact that Joko Widodo, the Indonesian President, announced that foreign journalists will be allowed to send reports from the embattled region of West Papua in future – under certain conditions. This is an important step towards more transparency, towards human rights and peace in the conflict zone. Widodo has given in to demands that human rights organizations such as the Society for Threatened Peoples have been raising for years.