Committee
Human Rights Council (intermediate)
Country
Germany

Author

Fabienne Ufert
Germany

Cite as https://mymun.com/ppdb/8976

Position Paper for the United Nations Human Rights Council

Human rights abuses and violations against ethnic and religious minorities

On a global scale, minorities still suffer from human rights abuses and violations. The Federal Republic of Germany considers it of great importance to fighting such human rights abuses because they are likely to trigger conflicts, crises and wars which may affect the whole international community. The Federal Republic of Germany has learned from the darkest chapter in its history and therefore, strongly condemns and is highly committed to preventing human rights abuses and violations against ethnic and religious minorities worldwide. The Federal Republic of Germany considers the lack of constant dialogue between states, as well as between non-state actors and states as one of the main problems in regards to the issue. Therefore, The Federal Republic of Germany engages in and promotes funding programs for non-governmental organizations, political dialogue, public statements and quiet diplomacy.

Practices of persecution against ethnic and religious minorities can be traced as far back as the Antiquity. However, comparatively recently in history, severe human rights abuses and violations against ethnic and religious minorities were committed during World War II, the Yugoslav wars or the Rwandan genocide. The massacres and “ethnic cleansings” galvanized the international community which could no longer stand by and watch. Today, the issue is especially present in the Middle East. This is a result of the rise of ISIS which is committing the cruelest human rights violations against minority groups which are not of the same believe. Such occurrences affect the whole international community because people have to flee from the...