Next week marks the beginning of a new round of EPP seminars in Ukraine.

Next week marks the beginning of a new round of EPP seminars in Ukraine.

On the 8th and 9th of February, the National parliamentary library in Kyiv will host two days of seminars on the topic of ‘The fight against hate speech and xenophobia: the promotion of tolerance and its effectiveness.’

The first day of the event will begin with a talk on “Civil societies’ contribution to the fight against xenophobia.” from Dr hab. Rafal Pankowski (Poland). The Second day will see a lecture on “Counteraction to Xenophobia and the promotion of tolerance: the Georgian experience.”   from Isabella Osipova (Georgia).

All talks will be accompanied by a series of follow up discussions.

About the lecturers:

Dr hab. Pankowski, currently an associate Professor at the Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, has a well established career in the fields of racism, nationalism and xenophobia and has published widely in these areas. Perhaps most notable of these are his books; ‘Neo-Fascism in Western Europe, a study in ideology’ and ‘The populist radical rights in Poland: The Patriots’.

In keeping with the theme of tolerance, the second day of the seminars will consist of a talk from Izabella Osipova, the current Executive Secretary of the council of National Minorities in Georgia. Izabella’s career is illustrated with a number of training courses related to human rights and minority issues. These range from a training course on ‘Article 14 of the European Convention on Human rights and workshops on investigation and reporting techniques’ in Tbilisi, Georgia, to ‘An International workshop on Women entrepreneurs and Communication Technologies’ in Haifa, Israel.

This event is organised by the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI)  in cooperation with the Office of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine.

Participation in this seminar is open to the general public; however, preliminary registration is required. Requests for participation must be submitted before February the 5th.

Following this event in Kyiv, The Eastern Partnership Programme (EPP) will host two regional Seminars on the 11th and 15th of February. These will also be on the topic of “The fight against hate speech and xenophobia: promotion of Tolerance”.