As an independent international human rights organization, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) stands by minorities and indigenous peoples. The STP has advisory status at both the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and at the Council of Europe.
The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) Switzerland was founded on 20 May 1989 by Göpf Berweger and Bernhard Pulver as an association based in Berne. The independent human rights organization has over 12,000 members. The first actions in our founding years concerned Tibet, Penan/Malaysia, Yanomami/Brazil, Papua/Indonesia and the Yenish/Switzerland. In the 1990s, the wars in ex-Yugoslavia were the focus, as were the conflicts in Palestine, Afghanistan and Sudan.
Today’s thematic focus is on the impact of the mining of raw materials on indigenous peoples and minorities, the restriction of their rights in different regions of the world and the fight against impunity.
STP Switzerland is a member of STP International, which also includes the STP country sections Germany, Austria, South Tyrol, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kurdistan/Northern Iraq. Through this network, the STP has access to international organizations such as the UN, the Council of Europe and the European Union.