Ålands fredsinstitut
The Åland Islands Peace Institute

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AX-22101 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
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Participation in the Nordic forum for new action on women's rights
Thursday, 19 June 2014

On June 12-15 four of the staff members of the Åland Islands Peace Institute (ÅÌPI), Justina Donielaite, Malin Söderberg, Cecilia Brenner and Liselott Lindén took part in the Nordic Forum in Malmö - New Action on Women’s Rights. The overall goal has been to gain new knowledge in the field of strategies and best practices of promoting human rights and equality, particularly focusing on gender mainstreaming in youth activities and prevention of gender based violence.

Project manager Justina Donielaite was interviewed by NIKK about the experiences and lessons learned from the Nordic Forum. Watch the interview below. 

Nyhetsbrev/Newsletter 2/2014
Wednesday, 04 June 2014

Nyhetsbrev från Ålands fredsinstitut / Newsletter from the Åland Islands Peace Institute


Ladda ner / Download pdf.


Ny rapport om immigration till självstyrda områden / Report on immigration to autonomous regions
Forskningsartikel och blogg om självstyrelser i det nordiska samarbetet / Research article and blog piece on autonomies in the Nordic cooperation
Verksamhetsberättelsen finns nu på engelska / Activity report available in English
Med mera / And more

Summer trainee Varvara Barysevich
Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Varvara Barysevich Varvara Barysevich is an intern at the ÅIPI during the summer 2014. She is a Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research Master’s degree Program student at the University of Tampere, Finland, and previously studied International Law at the Belarusian State University, Belarus. Her areas of inquiry are civil society, human rights, and means of democracy promotion, with a specific focus on bottom-up democratization in Belarus. She has also some experience in working for human rights organizations in Belarus. At the institute she will mainly work on strengthening of contacts with Belarusian NGOs in the field of gender equality and women’s empowerment, and assist in the creation of an education tool on the use of autonomy as a territorial management tool.

Adem Ferizaj, guest researcher
Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Adem FerizajFrom February until June, Adem Ferizaj was a guest-researcher for the Åland Islands Peace Institute (ÅIPI). He has worked on a report entitled “Military Presence in Minority Regions: Case Study of Greenland and Cyprus”.
Adem is currently enrolled in multi-disciplinary, trilingual studies (German, French and English) of social sciences of the Franco-German campus of Sciences Po Paris in Nancy. His specialisation lays in European history and international relations.
Adem’s research interest lays in peace-consolidation – especially of the Western Balkans. He is particularly interested in both the military implication and the minority protection of the peace-building process.

New research report on immigration to autonomous areas
Friday, 30 May 2014
Heidi Öst
Wisthaler foto kopia
Verena Wisthaler

The report number 2/2014 in the report series Report from the Åland Islands Peace Institute investigates into frameworks of inclusion and exclusion of immigrants in two autonomous territories traditionally inhabited by national minorities, namely South Tyrol (I) and the Åland Islands (FIN).

This report is entitled Minorities and Immigration - frameworks of exclusion and inclusion in Åland and South Tyrol Compared and is written by one researcher from the Åland Islands and one from South Tyrol. Heidi Öst is a doctoral candidate of public law at Åbo Akademi University. She has previously worked as a researcher at the Åland Islands Peace Institute. Verena Wisthaler is a researcher at the Institute for Minority Rights at the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC) and a PhD student of political science at the University of Leicester.

The study examines two important legal areas, namely social services and right to vote, as well as rhetorical positions adopted by the provincial governing parties. Research that reveals prevalent social attitudes of members of the national minority as well as of the immigrant population towards each other is also reviewed and discussed.

The paper reveals the complexities connected with the integration of immigrants in southern and northern Europe respectively. Negotiating community membership in autonomous regions, as will be revealed, is fraught with internal contradictions that are not easily overcome.

The report can be downloaded in pdf here.


New research paper on the institutional accommodation of the Nordic autonomies in Nordic co-operation published at EURAC
Thursday, 22 May 2014

Sarah StephanResearcher Sarah Stephan has been awarded the Jubilee-stipend of the Parliament of Åland in 2013 for studying the legal-institutional accommodation of autonomies in the framework of Nordic co-operation as part of a wider study on the position of autonomies in international law. Sarah’s case-study on Norden has now been published within the report series European Autonomy and Diversity Papers at the European Academy in Bolzano. You can download the paper entitled “Making Autonomies Matter: Sub-State Actor Accommodation in the Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers” here. For the Åland Peace Blog, Sarah has also written a blog piece that summarizes her article, entitled “Making autonomies matter: a case study on autonomy accommodation” which can be found here.

ÅIPI Director monitors minority rights in Ukraine for the Council of Europe
Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (Council of Europe) adopted on April 1st 2014 its first ever ad hoc report on the situation of national minorities in Ukraine. The report reflects the findings of the delegation of the Advisory Committee during its meetings in Ukraine from 21 – 26 March 2014, in which Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark participated as president of the Advisory Committee.

The Advisory Committee expresses in the report deep concern about the safety and access to rights of minority populations in Crimea, in particular the Crimean Tatars and persons belonging to the Ukrainian community. The Advisory Committee recommends further that legislative amendments in Ukraine pertaining to national minorities are not to be introduced hastily and should be adopted following a comprehensive and effective consultation process with representatives of all minorities, including smaller ones. The Advisory Committee underlines the full applicability of the rights contained in the Framework Convention throughout the territory of member states, including in areas subjected to the use or threat of force. The Advisory Committee was not able to travel to Crimea in March 2014, among others because of safety concerns for the interlocutors in Crimea. The Committee was able to meet minority representatives from Crimea outside Crimean occupied territory. 

More information about the work of the Advisory Committee and the ad hoc report can be found at the homepage of the Council of Europe.

Director Spiliopoulou Åkermark on Ukraine and Crimea
Friday, 04 April 2014

Sia talar"Both western states and Russia treat Ukraine and Crimea in a patronizing way and seem to expect that a country with the rich culture and history of Ukraine would be able to choose between the east and the west. Ukraine and the Crimea are unavoidably part both of the east and of the west. This region is characterized by great diversity with regard to languages, minorities, and historic and human contacts to all directions. We cannot put an ultimatum of the sort “if you are not with us, then you are against us” to such societies. All parties should accept the idea of plurality and of multiple identities and develop humanistic strategies that can handle such situations and deepen a true democratic process."

Annina Destberg new member of staff
Wednesday, 19 March 2014

AnninaThe ÅIPI welcomes Ms Annina Destberg as new member of staff. She will work with the economy and financing in close co operation with the director and the project managers. Annina holds a masters degree in business from Åbo Akademi University. She has previous experience of working with financial management, both as an accountant and as a financial controller.

EURAC Summer School on Human Rights, Minorities and Diversity Management
Sunday, 16 March 2014

EURAC summerschool 2014Between 23 June 2014 and 2 July 2014 a summer school on Human Rights, Minorities and Diversity Management is arranged in Bozen/Bozano in Italy and St. Moritz in Switzerland by the Institute for Minority Rights of the European Academy Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC); Foundation Convivenza, Switzerland; Middlesex University, School of Law, London and University of Graz, Austria.

The 2014 edition of the Summer School on Human Rights, Minorities and Diversity Management explores challenges to the political participation of national minorities, indigenous peoples and migrants, and introduces participants to the standards, laws and institutions that support the participation of minority groups. Participants will critically examine their effectiveness, and assess what alternative tools and strategies are available to members of a minority seeking political participation. They will also discuss the important question why persons belonging to minorities, unlike those belonging to the majority, should have special rights to guarantee their participation, as required by a number of international and regional instruments.

The summer school is open to 25-30 students, young researchers, civil servants, politicians, activists and journalists.

Researcher Sarah Stephan participated in the 2013 edition of the summer school and warmly recommends it as a lasting experience, rich in knowledge and personal encounters.

Apply until 10 April.