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.
Friday, 04 April 2014
"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."
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
The 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.
Sunday, 16 March 2014
Between 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.
Friday, 14 March 2014
In early March Cecilia Brenner and Liselott Lindén presented the Fair Sex Project at a seminar in St. Petersburg.
The seminar was one of a series against trafficking arranged by the Nordic Council of Ministers Information Office in Saint Petersburg in cooperation with St. Petersburg’s urban social committee, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Special Pedagogic and Psychology, Primorsky Centre for Children and Families and the NGO ”Enlightenment” in St. Petersburg. The organizations are aiming at designing a sexuality education concept and the Fair Sex method had attracted interest. Katriina Bildjuschkin at the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland, contributed with a talk about sex education in Finland.
Carita Peltonen, expert within the work against trafficking, presented a background to the work against trafficking in in the European, Nordic and Russian context and its challenges.
Friday, 14 March 2014
Lassi Härmälä, Programme Manager at Demo Finland, and Maria Mekri, Research Director at SaferGlobe, informed in the city library of Mariehamn about their activity on Thursday, March 13th. Härmälä focused on the activities of his organisation in democracy consolidation in Nepal and in Tunisia. Mekri presented the project she is currently devoted to: the development of a Peace Index, which will be firstly applied to Finland. An interesting discussion ranging from Crimea to Aland between audience and speaker followed.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Nyhetsbrev från Ålands fredsinstitut / Newsletter from the Åland Islands Peace Institute
Ladda ner / Download pdf.
Seminarium 13 mars om fred och demokrati / Seminar 13 March on peace and democracy
Seminarium om Norden och freden 28 mars / Seminar on Norden and peace 28 March
Seminarium och publikation om nordiska självstyrelser och fred planeras / Plans for seminar and publication on Nordic autonomies and peace
Ukraina, Krim och självstyrelsefrågor / Ukraine, Crimea and self-government issues
Med mera / And more
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Statement by the Director of the ÅIPI, Dr. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark on the crisis in Ukraine and Crimea, 5.3.2014:
”Current modes of discussion, reporting and action about the Crimea, Ukraine and the Russian Federation make us forget that the most crucial and difficult effort is that of the process towards democracy and the rule of law in all those regions. We should support the democratic forces and listen for the multiplicity of voices of all those immediately concerned.”
Thursday, 06 March 2014
Discussion on Peace and Democracy
Thursdag March 13th, Mariehamn city library, 1 - 3 p.m
In Swedish and English.
Lassi Härmälä, Programme Manager at Demo Finland: Why do traditional methods for peace and democracy building not usually offer long lasting solutions? Why is it necessary to support democracy in fragile environments and include political parties in the peace building efforts? Is democracy the best tool for conflict management?
Maria Mekri, Research Director at SaferGlobe, coordinates currently the development of a Finnish Peace Report as part of a Global Peace Index. This index shall be able to answer questions such as “Is Finland becoming more peaceful or less?” and “What has caused the improvements of Espoo’s peacefulness?”Read More...