About us

MENSCHENRECHTE 3000 is an independent group of people who support the cause of observance and implementation of human rights worldwide.

We base our actions on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations, on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as well as on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1976:

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations, 1948(link is external)

English (Other translations: see website of the UN)

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights(link is external)
(UN, 1966) (Engl)

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights(link is external)

(UNO, 1966) (Engl.)

MENSCHENRECHTE 3000 was founded in 2003 with the subtitle “human rights – environment – non-violence”. Our focus was on the relation between human rights, environmental problems and the violence issue.

Very often environmental destruction goes along with blatant human rights violations, e.g. exploitation of raw materials not only causes massive damage to the environment, it also presents a gross violation of human and civil rights.

We are committed to the principle of non-violence, we support non-violent strategies of conflict resolution and object to violence as a means to implement human rights.

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The active members of MENSCHENRECHTE 3000 have many years of experience in human rights and environmental activism.

The group consists of people of different ages and professional backgrounds. 

MENSCHENRECHTE 3000 is politically and ideologically neutral.

The name “MENSCHENRECHTE 3000” was chosen to emphasise our focus on the future.

MENSCHENRECHTE 3000 has been a registered association since 2004 and is recognised by the finance office Freiburg as a non-profit organisation.

Donations are tax-deductible.

What we focus on...

Uranium – or the right to life

Uranium mining damages the environment and is in many cases linked with human rights violations. It often deprives especially indigenous peoples of their means of existence; it damages their culture and way of life and causes heavy damage to their health.

For many years we have worked with NGOs worldwide, who oppose the environmentally damaging exploitation of raw materials.

In 2008 we have founded a consortium called uranium-network.org.

www.uranium-network.org(link is external)

Indigenous peoples and UN human rights boards (Geneva)

For many years we have assisted the UN consortium ‘Indigenous Peoples, now ‘Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Geneva), as well as supported indigenous delegates in their commitment to human rights. The UN consortium achieved the acceptance of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (‘DRIP’) by the UN General Assembly on 13th September, 2007.

We continue to work with indigenous people for the implementation of the Declaration of Human Rights.

Participation in the coordination group ‘ILO 169

The coordination group ‘ILO 169 wants to bring about a ratification of the Convention 169 of the International Labour Office (ILO) by the government. This convention contains regulations regarding the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples. We participate in this coordination group ‘ILO 169.

(see www.ilo169.de(link is external))

16 days against violence towards women

In 2012 we initiated the days of action 16 days against violence towards women’, which took place with great success and publicity with a broad action alliance in Freiburg. This action is going to be repeated in 2013.

Stolen Sisters Campaign / International days against violence towards women

In the last few years 500 Indian women have disappeared “without a trace”; this has also been stated by amnesty international (www.amnesty.ca(link is external)/stolensisters(link is external)). Human rights organisations try to counter the prevailing inaction of Canadian authorities also in Europe in the framework of the ‘International Week against Violence towards Women’.

Human Rights Day (10th December) and Columbus Day (12th October)

The General Declaration of Human Rights has been enacted on 10th December, 1948; a reason to raise awareness to the situation of human rights worldwide.

Columbus Day continues to celebrate the discovery of America; we want to call to mind the beginning genocide of the indigenous people of both Americas.