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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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October 2013

Total exhaustion, boundless relief, but also great fear and uncertainty are reflected in the faces of the Syrian refugees who got off the busses at the immigration and refugee transit camp in Friedland at the beginning of September. Along with the inconceivable luck of being in safety here in Germany, there is still the concern about the relatives, friends and neighbours left behind. Many refugees – even children – are tormented by horrible memories.

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 CURRENT PRESS RELEASE 
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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