UNPO Conference at Bavarian State Parliament Attracts High-level Support against Coercive Geopolitical Puppeteering.
With the aim of providing a better understanding of the complexities that shape the lives of nations and ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in various geopolitical hotspots, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen – Bayern (the German Green Party in Bavaria), in collaboration with UNPO and the World Uyghur Congress, and with the participation of the International Campaign for Tibet, organized a conference on 27 June 2014 at the Bavarian State Parliament in Munich, Germany, supported by the Society for Threatened People.

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Ms Margarete Bause, Chairwoman and Member of the Bavarian Parliament (Greens/Alliance90) and a representative of the Society of Threatened Peoples (GfbV) affirmed that human rights are a policy of peace. Ms Barbara Lochbihler, MEP and Chairperson of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, stated that her work at the European Parliament has also focused on the extensive list of human rights abuses.
Mr Bernd Posselt, a German CSU-politician and MEP, stressed the need to internationalize the Crimean Tatar question due to the dangerous silence and lack of public debate. Dr Mieste Hotopp-Riecke (turkologist at ICATAT) called for concrete actions in the fields of cultural and scientific cooparation with Crimean Tatar institutions instead of “paper tigers”. The panelist Mr Abduraman Egiz, Member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, spoke about how Crimea, his homeland, has become a “frontline of international confrontation”. Ms Jean Lambert, MEP, questioned what could be done, emphasizing the importance of nations, peoples, and minorities to reassert their rights to their identity, culture, language, and self-determination.
Dr Fional McConnell, Associate Professor at the University of Oxford, argued that margins are about unequal power relations, which affect all UNPO Members. While various nations are seen as powerless players in international politics, Ms Elena Gaita, International Campaign for Tibet, presented a different view; assimilationist policies have actually empowered Tibetan nationalism and strengthened resistance movements. Mr Erkin Alptekin, Former President of WUC, presented the audience with a historical background to the tensions in East Turkestan. Mr Dolkun Isa, WUC, rallied that it is the responsibility of all international actors to assert pressure on China to cease its repressive and discriminatory policies. Dr Elzbieta Kuzborska argued that in light of increasing violence and discrimination faced by Crimean Tatars, both Ukraine and Russia have a responsibility to safeguard the protection of minorities, while also granting full access to international humanitarian organizations, and ensuring the prosecution of perpetrators of violations.
The conference closed with a declaration adopted by the participants and presented by Mr Marino Busdachin, UNPO General Secretary.

CONFERENCE DECLARATION and  UNPO Presidency Conference AgendaInformation as download here

Sind die autochthonen Völker nur Figuren auf dem Schachbrett der Geopolitik?

Die Konferenz der Unrepresented Nations and People Organisation im Staatsparlament von Bayern wurde eröffnet von der Landeschefin der Partei Bündnis90/Die Grünen, Margarete Bause.