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Two branches of human rights NGO Society for Threatened Peoples International (STPI) with UN status accused of embezzling donations
The Secretary General of the Society for Threatened Peoples International (STPI) and the organizations headquarters, the Society for Threatened Peoples-Germany (GfbV-Deutschland) is Tilman Zülch.
The Vice-President of STP-International is Christoph Wiedmer, who is also the managing director of the Society for Threatened Peoples-Switzerland (GfbV-Schweiz.
Both "not-for-profit, human rights" branches of the international non-governmental organization are currently under investigation for fraud and embezzlement of donation money by state prosecutors in both countries, Germany and Switzerland.
In 2012, German state prosecutor announced investigations of charges of embezzlement filed by the Society for Threatened Peoples board of directors, against Tilman Zülch the Secretary-General of both the international umbrella organization and the German branch. In 2010 the board of directors uncovered substantial accounting and contractual irregularities and accused him of embezzlement of donations and funds, of having continued to receive salary payments of 70,000.00 Euro per year, even though he had agreed to resign from his position as the Secretary General (which is by the statutes of the organization an honorary unsalaried position), and for having ordered payments to the Bosnia-Herzegovina[d] branch on insufficient documentation. They also questioned payments forwarded to others.
The organization's headquarters in Göttingen, Germany, rejected the charges. After former board members were in November 2012 officially ousted from the organization, the new board of directors swiftly withdrew the previously charges for embezzlement of donations which had been filed by the previous board. Days later, the German branch and headquarters of the Society for Threatened Peoples International (STPI) falsely claimed on it's website that the state prosecutor had dismissed the charges and closed the case. (The relevant press release on their homepage cannot be found to-date).
2013, former board president Harald Klein and former Vice-chair James Albert pressed additional charges to ensure that the investigation against the organization's embezzlement of donations continues.
Up-to-date Tilman Zülch is the Honorary President of the Society for Threatened Peoples International and the Secretary-General of Society for The Society for Threatened Peoples-Germany, and Senior Associate and advisor to the board of the Committee for a Democratic UN (Komitee für eine demokratische UNO, KDUN).
Since February 11, 2013, the Society for Threatened Peoples International's branch Switzerland is also under investigation for substantial embezzlement of donations and the organizations assets. State prosecutors of Bern opened a criminal case to investigate the allegations for misappropriation of donations.
Up-to-date Christoph Wiedmer is the vice-president of the Society for Threatened Peoples International, and the managing director of the Society for Threatened Peoples-Switzerland.
The international organization has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, participatory status at the Council of Europe and is a Member organization of the Committee for a Democratic UN.
▪ ENGLISH: STPI WATCH - Society for Threatened Peoples International Watch
▪ GERMAN: GfbV WATCH - Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker Watch