By FOIA Research
on July 7, 2021 - Last updated: July 8, 2021

L.U.P.E. e.V. - The ISHR - International Society for Human Rights (June 1991)

This 1991 investigation about the International Society of Human Rights (ISHR) by the German association L.U.P.E. e.V. in collaboration with Buntstift e.V. was made available to us.

The investigation exposes the intricate connections of the ISHR to the counterrevolutionary Contras guerilla in Nicaragua, to the fascist dictator Augusto Pinochet in Chile, and proves that the ISHR had a direct line to high-ranking German politicians, such as former German chancellor Helmut Kohl and long-time chairman of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) Franz Josef Strauß.

The ISHR was established by the Russian émigré Ivan Agrusov, together with over a dozen other members of the National Alliance of Russian Solidarists (NTS), a Russian White Guard émigré organization. The funds came partly from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Part 1 contains a short introduction of the NTS and the connections between the NTS and the ISHR, followed by summaries of the various ISHR sections and an index of all known ISHR members at the time. Part 2 consists of a second index, listing all those figures and organizations supportive of the ISHR without being an explicit member, including agents from Russia, South America (particularly from Argentina), Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Spain etc.

No information could be found on the main publisher, L.U.P.E. e.V., only on the collaborating Buntstift e.V. It was one of the three associations whose unification led to the establishment of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in 1997, a political foundation affiliated with the Green Party of Germany.

Since both associations ceased to exist over two decades ago, any information on the authors, or the nature of the "L.U.P.E. special investigation" occasionally referenced in the footnotes, would be very welcome. We suspect that either an indignant former employee supplied information to L.U.P.E., or someone actively infiltrated the organization. Some hints in the text speak for the latter, e.g.:

At the general meeting of the ISHR in September 1989, press spokesman Ziegler reported “on the attempts to infiltrate the ISHR, in particular the main office, and to bring it on a communist line.” (Source 328, p. 3)

The first document is a scan of the German original, the second document an English translation. The English translation contains an additional index of abbreviations of the most frequently referenced organizations and their German original names, followed by an English rendition.