The representative of the association participated in the 6th Minority Rights Conference, which was held at the United Nations Economic and Social Council in Geneva. At the meeting, which was held on the 26th and 27th November, the representative of the association delivered a statements on the violations of minority’s rights:
In the contemporary world, international peace and security has been challenged a lot of times due to ethnic conflicts. Since the end of the Second World War, there has been more than hundreds of armed conflicts in the world, most of them based on ethnic differences.
Although in recent years, the idea of supporting minorities has emerged as a concrete ground in human rights studies and has been reflected in the adoption of rules and treaties, but how to achieve a general rule for the preservation of minority’s rights remains unconvinced.
Violence against minorities has always been one of the main concerns of human right defenders, but despite its international efforts and concerns, what has led to the continuation of this violence, and even its deterioration in many cases, is believed to be the complexity and convolution of issues causing tensions related to minority’s problems.
One of the most important problems in solving the problems of minorities is the misuse political groups undertake from the position of defending the rights of minorities, which in many cases, under the pretext of defending these rights, the path is turned up to extremist actions such as assassination, terror, Violence and so on.
Our organization believes that defending the rights of minorities should not be considered as an excuse for radical groups in order to gain their political aims. Besides, while the organization considers violence against minorities as human rights violations, it emphasizes that any terrorist and violent actions under the pretext of defending minority rights not only leads to hate among various groups of society, but also causes a further violation of the mentioned groups.
This organization believes that efforts to identify radical and opportunistic groups from genuine defenders of minority’s rights can be considered as the first step in reducing violence and taking action to protect the rights of minorities.