A UNPO investigation, published in a report on 15 April 2021, highlights that foreign States, including Iran, Russia and China, are in the process of a serious escalation of attacks against diaspora communities, dissidents, human rights defenders, civil society and ethnic minorities in Europe. Often referred to as reprisals, these tactics take the form of direct threats, intimidation, assassination, espionage and other serious harms. European states and the European Union, however, are not fully using the internal security the tools at their disposal to respond to these threats.
Based on the experience of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), this report outlines reprisals suffered by European citizens and residents, on the sovereign territories of Europe, orchestrated and implemented by foreign States. It advocates for better coordination and response mechanisms by the European Union (EU) and Member States to deter and prevent increasingly violent and serious attacks which challenge the rule of law and territorial sovereignty of States including France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Belgium and Switzerland.
The report builds on the work of the UNPO, in collaboration with the University of Oxford, concerning compromised spaces for unrepresented peoples. As detailed in “Compromised Space: Bullying and Blocking at the UN Human Rights Mechanisms”, unrepresented peoples face a growing range of challenges to access United Nations mechanisms and engage in international advocacy. This has been further exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis, as set out in a subsequent report, “Compromised Space and Undiplomatic Immuinty: the Impact of Covid-19 on the Ability of Unrepresented Diplomats to Engage U.N. Human Rights Mechanisms.”
Through an analysis across numerous European states, this report highlights an increase in reprisals and a concurrent failure by European states, including those hosting the U.N. and other international and regional bodies, and the EU to recognize the scope and severity of the issue.
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