Third round of Seminars to be conducted in Ukraine in September 2016

Third round of Seminars to be conducted in Ukraine in September 2016

The European Centre for Minority Issues (Flensburg, Germany) will continue hosting seminars under the framework of the Eastern Partnership Programme “National minorities and ethno-political issues: Belarus – Moldova – Ukraine” and is opening a call for participation in seminars to be conducted in 2016.

The Programme will start with the main seminar “The Combination of Different Approaches to Equality Provisions and Anti-Discrimination”, which takes place in Kyiv on 26-27 September 2016 and then in the regions – in Mykolaiv (29 September 2016) and Vinnytsia (3 October 2016).

Government representatives and members of other official bodies who deal with ethnic politics and human rights, along with representatives of ethno-cultural and human rights civil society organizations, including academic experts and journalists, are welcome to participate in the seminars.

Thematically, the seminars are devoted to the support of minority groups, including the issues of equality, anti-discrimination activities and participation in political and social life.

The following lectures will be delivered during the seminar in Kyiv:

–          How to use other legal mechanisms other than anti-discrimination laws, for example, laws on languages or minority laws;

–          How to effectively combine legal instruments to tackle discrimination and human rights protection with alternative mechanisms and instruments (complaints to administrative bodies by civic companies);

–          How to properly prioritize and find a balance between the fight against xenophobia and everyday discrimination, not linked to the ethnic animosity;

–          How to collect and effectively use data on discrimination expression and ethnic animosity.

The following prominent European experts will deliver lectures and actively participate in the follow-up discussions

Dr. Reetta Toivanen, a University Lecturer and Adjunct Professor for Social and Cultural Anthropology and a Finnish Academy Research Fellow at the Erik Castren Institute of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Helsinki.

Mr. Aleksejs Dimitrovs, Adviser on fundamental rights, justice and home affairs for the Greens/EFA group, European Parliament (Brussels, Belgium).