Ahwazi and other members of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) are co-operating to put pressure on the UNCHR during its 61st session this week.
Several UNPO members, including the Ahwazis, have submitted formal written statements to the UNCHR, which will form part of the documentation material distributed under the various agenda items being discussed by the Commission. Meanwhile, the UNPO is facilitating meetings with UN officials to put indigenous and minority rights at the top of the UNCHR agenda.
Yesterday, Ahwazi delegates met with other UNPO members for a closed session at the UN's Palais des Nations, where they discussed areas of common ground and strategies to advance the goal of self-determination for all indigenous and minority groups. The UNPO meeting was attended by Members representing Ahwaz, Cabinda, Iraqi Turkmen and Southern Cameroons, as well as members of the UNPO Secretariat.
Representatives from the nations and peoples of Buffalo River, Eastern Turkestan, Khmer's Kampuchea-Krom, Ogoni, Oromo and Shan - all UNPO members - are also attending the UNCHR session.
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