Unpo Side Event To The 9th Un Forum On Minority Issues To Discuss Minorities And Humanitarian Challenges
On the occasion of the 9th UN Forum on Minority Issues, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) in cooperation with the Society for Threatened Peoples will be organising a side-event in Geneva on the 25 November 2016 entitled “Forgotten Crises, Forgotten Victims: Minorities and Humanitarian Challenges”.
Friday, 25 November 2016, 13:00 to 15:00,
Palais des Nations, Room XXVII, Geneva, Switzerland
Side-event to the 9th UN Forum on Minority Issues
Over the past few years a number of countries and regions around the world have seen the start or escalation of largescale and complex conflicts and natural disasters – something which the media (and by extension the donor community) has rapidly picked up on. However, what is not always covered by the media is that, in these conflicts, minorities are particularly targeted and forced to endure widespread and systematic humanitarian suffering and violations of their basic human rights. Minority groups and indigenous people have been subjected to mass displacement, sexual violence, massacres, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings. Even where they are not deliberately targeted, being often amongst the most vulnerable civilian components, they suffer disproportionately to the rest of society. In many cases this is accompanied and facilitated by the lack of any meaningful representation in decision-making.