The civil rights group AfriForum says it has received confirmation from the United Nations (UN) that it is now officially registered as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with special advisory status. The organization says this status offers him several opportunities and privileges to continue his work on a larger scale at the UN.
Ernst Roets, says the South African government’s representative at the UN head office in New York informed him at the time that he had been instructed by Pretoria to prevent AfriForum from joining the UN’s division for non-governmental organizations. According to Roets, the representative went so far as to say that the government’s efforts in this regard are not personal, but merely politically driven.
“At these meetings, AfriForum will take a particularly strong stand on expropriation without compensation, farm murders, corruption, and minority rights. We look forward to expanding our networks in the international sphere and sharing our knowledge and experience with other organizations.”
According to Rapport, AfriForum already applied for admission to Ecosoc, one of the UN’s six main structures, in 2011. The application was submitted to a committee each year that had to consider it, but each year the committee said: Come back next year.
Source: MaroelaMedia, Rapport, AfriForum