Thursday, 13 November 2014
On 10 October 2014 the project and network Norden for peace? hosted a seminar on Iceland. Four speakers from the Nordic countries shared their knowledge on methods for peace work.
During a time frame of two and a half years, the project Norden for peace? organizes one open seminar in each Nordic country, on topics stemming from the project’s main themes – first and foremost the question about the Nordic countries and their relationship to peace, and secondly how to spread and establish peaceful approaches at a grass root level and through adult education. At the seminar on Iceland four speakers from the Nordic countries spoke about various skills and ways that may conspire to a peaceful societal development.
Ida Persson from the Åland Islands Mediation Office talked about how mediation can be used as a method for handling conflicts and about the protocol and core questions that mediators utilize. The Åland Islands Mediation Office offer optional mediation for certain crimes and contentions, in accordance with the Finnish mediation law. The mediators are volunteers, educated and impartial. Mediation is optional for the disagreeing parties and may work as foundation for nolle prosequi or a reduction of sentence. The aim is that the mediation will effect longterm results on the Åland islands by preventing recidivism and break a budding downward spiral of crime.
Ida stated that the mediation office builds on the theory of restorative justice, which emphasises on repairing the damage that has been caused by a crime or a contention. The parties are viewed as experts on their own conflicts and know how to find a suitable solution. This restorative perspective can be compared to a more traditional way of approaching conflicts, where the emphasis is on who is guilty and which penalty that would be appropriate.Read More...
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Fanny Thalén is a communications intern at the Åland Islands Peace Institute from the 1st of November 2014 until mid January 2015. She is mainly involved in activities related to information and publications at the institute. Fanny Thalén is a final-year student of media and communication studies at Europe’s northernmost university, Luleå Technical University. She has previously worked as a radio journalist and has been studying Slavonic studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Fanny Thalén speaks fluent Swedish, German and English, as well as some Russian and Danish. On a good day she also speaks French and Finnish.
Monday, 10 November 2014
Charlotte Winberg is responsible for the arrangements for the Kastelholm talks 2015. Charlotte will be working part-time with the arrangements, while she is finishing her Master’s studies in international law at Åbo Akademi University.
Charlotte has previously worked at the Åland Islands Peace Institute as a summer intern in 2011. She has also worked with children’s rights for PLAN Finland, with Finland’s humanitarian development policies at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and as a volunteer in Vietnam. Charlotte holds a bachelor’s degree in international law from Åbo Akademi University and within the framework of her master’s studies at the same university she has taken most of the courses at universities in the Netherlands and in South Africa.
Charlotte is fluent in Swedish (native), Finnish and English. She also speaks some rusty German and knows the basics in Spanish and French.
Thursday, 23 October 2014
From 9 to 11 October 2014 the Department of Geography at the University of Bern in Switzerland hosted a conference on self-determination in Europe focusing on the contemporary challenges in multinational states . Peace Institute researcher Sarah Stephan had the chance to participate and collaborate with colleagues from the European Centre for Minority Issues as a chair and discussant in a panel on self-determination discourses in Eastern Europe. Sarah also presented her research on multi-level governance and the accommodation of autonomies within the EU and the Nordic Council/Council of Ministers in a panel discussing models for the accommodation of self-determination claims.Read More...
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Kristina Dulebova is from Slovakia and is a volunteer at AIPI from 8.10.2014 to 30.09.2015. Kristina has a Bachelor's degree in international relations and diplomacy from Matej Bel University in Slovakia and currently she is finishing her Master's degree in international relations at Istanbul University. Current research topic of her thesis is role of the 3rd countries in mediation of conflicts, analyzing mediation of Slovak Republic in Cyprus bi communal dialogue as a case study. She has previously worked as an intern in organizations working with Armenian and Kurdish minorities in Turkey. Therefore at AIPI she would like to improve her knowledge about mediation of conflicts and working on projects concerning empowerment and human rights. She speaks Slovak and Czech (native), Russian, English, Turkish and German.
Friday, 10 October 2014
Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, says regarding the Nobel Peace Prize 2014: Nobel's will had a fairly comprehensive description of the purposes for which the peace prize is to strive for. He said that it is "fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses" that deserves attention.The Nobel Peace Prize Committee's decision makes it clear that children must be respected and protected from all forms of violence, both in war but also in peacetime. Violence breeds eventually new violence. By promoting peaceful relations towards and between children and young people, we strengthenthe long-term chance of peace around the world. It is important also here at home, e.g. for the work against bullying and the right to a good education for all children.
Thursday, 09 October 2014
”Tougher climate for minorities and diversity in Europe”
The xenophobic, nationalist and even violent-prone climate in Europe in recent years is highly problematic for all who belong to various minority groups, argues Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark. After two years as president of the Council of Europe's Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention on National Minorities, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Associate Professor of International Law, completed her term of office in Strasbourg in September, when she presented for the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe a final report on the situation of minorities developed in European States parties during the last two years.
The Advisory Committee's report notes that the number of political parties whose ideology is based on antisemitic, Islamophobic, anti-Gypsy and xenophobic grounds has increased during the period from June 2012 to May 2014. The messages of such organizations, which are sometimes amplified in the media and through social media, pose a direct threat to persons belonging to national minorities, who face a heightened risk of harassment and physical attacks. In some countries the deep polarisation of society along linguistic lines leaves minorities particularly vulnerable to escalating tensions.
Tuesday, 07 October 2014
Nyhetsbrev från Ålands fredsinstitut / Newsletter from the Åland Islands Peace Institute
Ladda ner / Download pdf.
Direktörens uppdrag som president för Europarådskommitté avslutat / Director’s mandate as president of Council of Europe committée concluded
Föresläsning om medling med Eleanor Lind / Lecture on mediation with Eleanore Lind
Nya anställda / New staff
Med mera / And more
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Henrietta Hellström is a new staff member at the ÅIPI. As head of the economy and financing of the institute, she will work in close co-operation with the Director and the Project Managers.
Henreitta holds a Bachelors-degree in business from the Åland University of Applied Science. She has previous experience of working with financial management, as an accountant, as an economy assistant as well as head of economy.
Monday, 22 September 2014
Jennifer Linder is an intern on the Åland Islands Peace Institute during the autumn 2014. As an intern she is primarily involved with the project Fair Sex where she is conducting workshops with the students. Jennifer is also studying for a bachelor's degree in international social work at the University of Gävle. She is interested in pursuing work related to questions of equality and wrote her thesis about men who get subjected to intimate partner violence within heterosexual relationships. The title of the essay is as follows: "A qualitative study on the experiences of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) from the perspective of male victims".