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Minority Rights Advocacy in the EU: A guide to NGOs in Eastern Partnership Countries

Over recent years, the European Union (EU) has become the most influential player in the Eastern Partnership countries (EaP). It is both a prominent development actor and a relevant political force in the region. For EaP countries’ minorities this is a particularly hopeful process; with some EaP countries successfully signing Association Agreements with the EU, […]

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A Response to the European Commission and High Commissioner for External Affairs and Security Policy’s Joint Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy

A response on behalf of the EaP Minorities Network to the joint Commission-High Representative review of the ENP

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Assessment of the Needs of Religious Organizations in Georgia

Based on interviews with up to 70 representatives of 33 religious organizations in Georgia, this study identifies the challenges and needs of religious organizations, cases of violations of the freedom of religion and evaluates the state policy and practice in this regard. Furthermore, this research offers specific recommendations to the state institutions; the implementation of which […]

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Language Policies and Law in Education in Post-Soviet Belarus

The dissolution of the Soviet Union brought to the fore claims of linguistic minorities which had been ignored far too long. In almost all of the former Soviet republics language became an impetus to national revival and an important instrument in consolidating the newly independent states. At times excessively accentuated and overly politicized, the language […]

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Islam and Religious Transformation in Adjara

The Autonomous Republic of Adjara, located in the southwest corner of Georgia along the Turkish border, has been the scene of a peculiar religious transformation in the last two decades. Specifically, large segments of Adjara’s traditionally Muslim population have undergone a relatively quick rate of conversion to Christianity. Whereas the region’s population was predominantly Muslim […]

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Georgia in Transition

The Introduction of the report gives brief summaries of the main concerns and reflections  of the EU Special Adviser on Constitutional and Legal Reform and Human Rights in Georgia. The body of the report goes deeper into seven key areas in relation to human rights: judiciary, penitentiary, law enforcement, minority rights, political participation, freedom of […]

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Institutions of Georgia for Governance on National Minorities: An Overview

This paper aims to discuss the institutional set-up around civil integration and minority protection issues in Georgia since the ‘Rose Revolution’, and the study reviews the state structures relevant for governance and legislative practices on civil integration and minority issues. It seeks to provide an overview of the institutional problems that beset civic integration by […]

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Georgia’s Muslim Community: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

The principle objective of this paper is to examine the creation of the new Administration of Georgian Muslims; how and why it has been created and what its specific role, function and means of operating will be. Most importantly, it will examine how the administration has been received by Georgia’s Muslims and how it will […]

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The Integration of National Minorities in the Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli provinces of Georgia

This paper aims to explore the extent to which national minorities in the Georgian provinces of Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti are integrated into the economic and political life of Georgia and to investigate how government policy in the aftermath of the Rose Revolution of November 2003 has affected the relationship between the state and minority communities […]

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Georgia and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

The first part of this paper looks at the issue of preserving those regional or minority languages that are in danger of falling into disuse. This applies also to three regional Georgian (Kartvelian) languages, Megrelian, Svan and Laz, which are politically contentious because to grant them recognition as distinct languages would be seen as a threat […]

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Members

COTAARM – Comunitatea Originarilor din Tarile Africii si Asiei in Republica Moldova

COTAARM was founded on April 14, 1998 through the voluntary activity of its members and succeeded in projecting different categories of immigrants with the assistance of Helsinki Committee for Human rights in Moldova. Members of COTAARM have been living for more then 10 years in Republic of Moldova, until present they have limited legal support […]

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Public Movement Multinational Georgia

Public Movement “Multinational Georgia” (PMMG) – civil movement which has been created in year 1999 uniting citizens of Georgia representing different ethnic, religious, and linguistic groups residing in Georgia. PMMG – is umbrella organization which provides resource support and cooperates with the representatives of the more then 18 diaspora and 56 grass-root NGOs working in the field […]

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Moldova without Nazism /Moldova Fără Nazism

In June 2010, at the founding congress in Kiev was established the international human rights movement, “World without Nazism”, which brought together anti-fascists and human rights activists from around the world. At the same time, the historical policy of revenge in the Republic of Moldova became so active and focused, for that reason the need […]

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Minority Rights Group Europe

Minority Rights Group Europe lobbies governments and international organisations alongside, and on behalf of, minorities in South East Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus.  We publish authoritative reports widely valued by academics and journalists. Minority Rights Group Europe also works as regional office of MRG International.

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The Assyrian International Congress of Georgia

The Assyrian International Congress of Georgia was founded in 1992. The congress actively participates in life of the Assyrian people. Its primary goal is to keep and develop the mother tongue, traditions and culture.

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Civic Integration Foundation

The foundation supports the integration of ethnic minorities in the territory of Georgia. The aim is to strengthen their civic and political participation in public and political life of Georgia to ensure that all citizens of Georgia realize their  rights and obligations according to the international standards and the Georgian constitution.

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Zhytomyr Regional Association of Social Services (ZtRASS)

ZtRASS was founded in 2006 by specialists of social sphere. Purpose of ZtRASS – creating an effective mechanism for the implementation and development of social programs, public initiatives to ensure social justice through empowerment and support of the most vulnerable sections of society and combating social exclusion factors. In the organization functioning a youth organisation.

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Association of the Ukrainian Youth in Moldova “Zlagoda”

“ZLAGODA” was registered on 14 February 2005 and is a non-governmental not for profit national youth association. It is working to contribute to the involvement of young people belonging to national minorities in the public life, decision making process, support of civic initiatives, democratization, human rights protection and the promotion of the full and effective […]

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Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC)

ACGRC provides an Armenian presence where minority communities are particularly small and have the least developed CSOs. ACGRC provides regional expertise in the EaP, including direct links to National Platforms and CSF working groups. They have established EaP initiatives, including development of a CSO web portal and EaP stakeholder analyses.

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Analytical Center for Interethnic Cooperation and Consultations

ACICC is the Georgian based non-profit organization which was founded in 2012. It gathers professionals working in research and analytical fields. ACICC has experience of undertaking research and organizing educational projects at domestic and international level. Its essential goals are to empower minority groups with effective tools, facilitate multifold dialogue and bridge stakeholders to each […]

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News

“Win–win situation” Pilot Project implemented in Transnistria capacitates youth in gaining basic skills and working experience, facilitating cooperation among civil society and state institutions

Pilot Project “Win–win situation” was implemented by the society of the Bulgarian culture, community organization “Rodolubets” based in Transnitrian region, Republic of Moldova. The idea of the project is in line with the mission of the organization and its main objectives to consolidate and coordinate activities of the Bulgarian community from one side and local […]

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Advocacy through education and empowerment – that was the Charity Foundation “Progress” strategy for roma rights advocacy campaign in Zakarpatska region

The campaign focused on empowering local Roma community through education and motivation. 15 young motivated Roma leaders actively participated in 3 advocacy trainings that resulted with specific outcomes – 3 micro advocacy campaigns plans. The young leaders as well as other communities members trained their skills while flash-mob on September 5th. The event aimed to […]

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145 Roma activists took part in “Strengthening cooperation of Roma community and regional authorities” advocacy campaign in Poltava region

The campaign aimed to build bridges between Roma community and decision makers in order to promote Roma rights. The goal was achieved through meetings with local authorities where major problems of Roma people in the region were discussed. 240 Roma received brochures with major local state agencies contacts. Roma community started dialogue with specific departments of […]

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Tolerance for diversity – “Non discrimination, advocacy and national cultures development”

Kyiv based NGO “Tolerspace” works with young minorities community leaders, teenagers and kids of various backgrounds. The NGO annually conducts kids and teenagers camps, where they gather children of several ethnic and religious backgrounds to ruin stereotypes about each other and build bridges instead. The campaign conducted by Kyiv-based “Tolerspace” aimed to increase advocative capacities […]

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Building bridges between minorities for stronger advocacy

The Kremenchug based NGO “Cultural Dialogue” works for tolerance and diversity promotion in the region. The campaign within EaPMN project conducted by “Cultural Dialogue” aimed to increase cooperation between various minorities and public in the region in order to strengthen tolerance and counter prejudices against minorities. 264 people took part in project activities. The campaign […]

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Ukrainian and Jewish community of Moldova implement joint campaign

Project entitled “EU pro-active” has been implemented by Association of the Ukrainian Youth in Moldova “Zlagoda” in partnership with the Jewish Community of Moldova. Their join initiative aimed promotion of the EU values and information delivery about the EaP as well as the EaP minority network to the broader audience. One of the main elements […]

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Expanding Network? Concluding conference of the EaPMN

On 7th and 8th of December 2015, the Eastern Partnership Minorities Network hosted its final Best Practice Seminar to share experiences and methodologies applied while delivering and facilitating local advocacy as well as the EaP information campaigns by minority activists and civil society organizations in the countries of EaP. The seminar was opened with the key […]

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EaPMN at the OSCE ODIHR Human dimension implementation meeting

An implementing partner of the EaPMN in Armenia, Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation, represented by Armen Grigoryan, has been presented at the OSCE ODIHR Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, Poland. Mr Grigoryan made a statement regarding the situation of the national minorities in Armenia, and stressed the importance of the adoption of […]

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UPR Info Session an EaPMN advocacy work

Representatives of national, ethnic and religious minority communities from Georgia will be on an advocacy visit in Geneva on October 5-6, 2015. Four minority activists from Georgia will attend the UN UPR Info session in Geneva on 6th of October and meet with the country delegates and officials from the UN in Geneva.

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Public Information and Local Advocacy Campaigning in Georgia

As a part of the Eastern Partnership Minorities Network programme activities, there are Public Information campaigns on Eastern Partnership currently implemented in Georgian minority populated regions by ACICC, as well as ECMI is implementing Local Advocacy Campaigns which are lead by minority organizations in regions of Georgia. “UDI” has been sub-granted to advocate importance of […]

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