UNPO And MRG Host Conference At The United Nations Forum On Minority Issues

UNPO, 14 December 2010

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UNPO — The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization joined forces with Minority Rights Group International Tuesday to bring attention to widespread violations of minority rights through natural resource development projects.

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Nonviolent Radical Party Delivers Intervention Regarding Linguistic Discrimination at the Eighth Session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action in Geneva, Switzerland

For Immediate Release
October 18, 2010
For more information, contact:
Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty (Rome, Italy)
Tel. No.: (+39) 06.689791, Fax No.: (+39) 06.68805396,
www.radicalparty.org

On Monday, October 18, 2010, the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty, an NGO in consultative status to the United Nations, orally delivered an intervention concerning linguistic discrimination as a form of structural discrimination during the Eighth Session of the UN Human Rights Council’s Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland.

Nine years have passed since the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action was adopted by the international community following the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa in 2001.

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Statement of Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty for Item 8 of the Eighth Session of the UN Human Rights Council’s Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

Nonviolent Radical Party, 18 October 2010

I am speaking on behalf of the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty.  The Nonviolent Radical Party would like to thank you, Mr. President, and the panelists for their presentations.  The Nonviolent Radical Party is deeply concerned that nine years after the Durban Conference, a significant number of States continue to engage in the following form of structural discrimination – the denial of minorities and indigenous peoples of the right to maintain and use their own languages.  The promotion and protection of this right was a key element of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.  This right is enshrined in several UN treaties and declarations, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, which specifically asserts, “States should take appropriate measures so that, wherever possible, persons belonging to minorities may have adequate opportunities to learn their mother tongue or to have instruction in their mother tongue.”

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Ms. Kathy Polias Speaks On Floor of UN Human Rights Council on Behalf of the Society for Threatened Peoples About The Chinese Authorities’ Use of Security Campaigns and the Global War on Terrorism to Repress and Persecute Uyghurs

WUC, 19 September 2010

On September 16, 2010, Kathy Polias spoke on behalf of the Society for Threatened Peoples on the floor of the 15th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.  She spoke about the Chinese government’s treatment of the Uyghur people as an example of governments’ use of security campaigns and the global war on terrorism to repress, persecute, and dilute the cultural identities of minorities in their countries.  Ms. Polias delivered the statement under Item 3 of the Human Rights Council agenda –“Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development.”  Her statement was interrupted three times by China’s delegation to the UN Human Rights Council on points of order.  China’s delegation claimed that the statement did not fall within the confines of Item 3.  The United States and United Kingdom delegations defended the Society for Threatened Peoples’ right to speak.  The UK delegation noted that the Society for Threatened Peoples properly contextualized its statement within Agenda Item 3.  The President of the Human Rights Council permitted Ms. Polias to conclude the statement.

The UN Human Rights Council has regular sessions three times per year in Geneva, Switzerland.  The current session runs from September 13th to October 1st, 2010.

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THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT’S HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST UYGHUR PEOPLE SUBSTANTIALLY DISCUSSED DURING THE 14TH SESSION OF THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL IN GENEVA

For immediate release
June 24, 2010
Contact: World Uyghur Congress (
www.uyghurcongress.org)
+1 (347) 285-6546 (United States) or  0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 (Munich, Germany)

The 14th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) (May 31 –June 18, 2010) concluded on Friday, June 18th in Geneva, Switzerland.  The World Uyghur Congress (www.uyghurcongress.org), the International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation (www.iuhrdf.org), and the Uyghur American Association (www.uyghuramerican.org) convey their deepest gratitude to the country and intergovernmental delegations, the United Nations mandate holders/Special Procedures, and the non-governmental organizations in consultative status to the UN that raised and discussed the Uyghurs’ plight at the HRC session.  

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Statement of Society for Threatened Peoples on Item 4 (“Human right situations that require the Council’s attention”) of the 14th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

9 June 2010

Thank you Mr. President.  The Society for Threatened Peoples is deeply troubled by the persecutory measures that have been exacted by the Chinese authorities against the Uyghur people in connection with the July 2009  protest and ethnic unrest in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of the PRC.  On July 5, 2009, Uyghurs in Urumqi, the regional capital, staged a peaceful protest and that protest was brutally suppressed by Chinese security forces.  In fact, eyewitness accounts provided to human rights organizations and media  indicated that security forces committed extrajudicial killings of protesters.

Since the July 2009 protest and the ethnic unrest that followed, the authorities have arrested thousands of people, many of them during mass detentions, including mass roundups of young Uyghur men.  An untold number of Uyghurs, including teenaged boys, have been subjected to enforced disappearances.  Human Rights Watch has made many inquiries to the Chinese authorities about the many Uyghur disappearance cases it has documented and the authorities have failed and refused to provide any information on these cases.    

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Human Rights Council holds General Debate on Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms

UN Human Rights Council, 9 June 2010

Concludes General Debate on Human Rights Situations that
Require the Council’s Attention

The Human Rights Council today held a general debate on human rights bodies and mechanisms. The Council also concluded its general debate on human rights situations that require the Council’s attention.

In the general debate on human rights bodies and mechanisms, speakers emphasised the necessity and importance of the independence of the Special Procedure mandate holders, which allowed them to exercise their competences with a professional and impartial assessment of fact. This independence contributed to the credibility of the Council’s work, and it should be respected in all cases, including where States may disagree with the findings and recommendations issued. Other speakers believed that special mechanisms must abide by their mandates and code of conduct and that when expressing their views, they must be factual and independent. Speakers also said that it was imperative that Member States prevent the intimidation of and reprisals against people who cooperated with the United Nations and its mechanisms. Speakers thanked the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on the progress report of the best practices on the issue of missing persons and said the report made it clear that missing persons were different from forced or involuntary disappearances. The report touched upon the humanitarian and human rights dimension of this problem and rightly pointed out that the problem of missing persons impacted not only the victims but their families too.

Speaking in the general debate on human rights bodies and mechanisms were Spain on behalf of the European Union, China, France, Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Cyprus and Armenia. The following non-governmental organizations also took the floor: World Organization against Torture, Permanent Assembly for Human Rights and Amnesty International.

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UYGHURS’ PLIGHT DISCUSSED DURING THE 13TH SESSION OF THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL IN GENEVA

For immediate release
March 19, 2010, 11:30 am EST
Contact: Uyghur American Association                                                                                             
 +1 (202) 349 1496   or    +1 (347) 285-6546  

 The Uyghur American Association (UAA) extends its deepest gratitude to the UN mandate holders, States, and NGOs that have raised aspects of the Uyghurs’ plight during the 13th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is in progress in Geneva, Switzerland for most of the month of March 2010. The United States’ statement regarding the Uyghurs during the general debate on Item 4

Firstly, UAA thanks the United States for calling attention to human rights violations being committed by the Chinese government against the Uyghur people in its statement during the general debate on Item 4 of the Agenda of the 13th session of the Human Rights Council – “Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention” – on March 15, 2010. Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, U.S. Ambassador to the Human Rights Council, delivered the United States’ statement at the general debate on Item 4 on March 15th. The United States said:

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