MINORITY RIGHTS GROUP INTERNATIONAL
ADVOCACY AND RIGHTS TRAINING SEMINAR
28 June - 3 July, 1999
RAINBOW, along with many other minority organizations and NGOs, participated in an advocay seminar in Hungary. The seminar was immensley useful especially on a practical level. Below is an overview of the seminar and workshops.
Orientation and Introductions: In addition to going over the programme for the seminar, participants had an opportunity to introduce themselves, their work, the type of issues they are working on, and their expectations for the seminar.
Tuesday, 29 June - Overview
Case Study: Hungary, Office of Ombudsman for National Minorities
Roundtable Discussion: Using international standards in international and domestic advocacy. Case studies from Macedonia and Romania. Participants were invited to share their experiences.
The International and European Framework for Minority Rights Protection: development of a minority rights paradigm; mapping out the main international standards & institutions; relevance of international law for domestic situations & the role of advocacy.
Each evening, the next day's trainers were invited to join participants for dinner so that all could get to know each other informally and share specific interests.
Jeno Kaltenbach, Ombudsman Alan Phillips, Director, MRG International
Wednesday, 30 June - Council of Europe
Council of Europe: Relevant instruments and their associated procedures; enforcement mechanisms.
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
Advocacy Opportunities - Roundtable: Ideas for using Council of Europe mechanisms to address specific minority rights problems. Focus on Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and its monitoring mechanism. Participants were invited to share their experiences and discuss strategies to address problems.
Skills Focus - Documentation & Reports: How to prepare effective materials for consideration by international bodies monitoring compliance with international standards. This session was participatory and included case studies.
Gaspar Biro, Vice-President, Advisory Committee on FCNM Alan Phillips
Thursday, 1 July - Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe
OSCE: Relevant instruments and procedures; enforcement mechanisms; relevance to domestic legislation and bilateral treaties.
Advocacy Opportunities - Roundtable: Ideas for using OSCE mechanisms to address specific minority rights problems. Focus on High Commission for National Minorities and Human Dimension Implementation Meeting. Participants were invited to share their experiences and discuss strategies to address problems.
Skills Focus - Lobbying Strategies: Dynamics of lobbying in international fora. This session was participatory and included case studies.
Arie Bloed, Director, Constitutional & Legal Policy Institute
Friday, 2 July - United Nations
United Nations: Overview
Relevant instruments and their associated procedures; enforcement mechanisms.
Advocacy Opportunities - Roundtable: Ideas for using UN mechanisms to address specific minority rights problems. Focus on Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities and the Working Group on Minorities. Participants were invited to share their experiences and discuss strategies to address problems.
Advocacy Opportunities - Roundtable (continued)
Skills Focus - Preparing Interventions: strategies for drafting effective interventions for delivery at international meetings. This session was participatory and included case studies.
Anna-Maria Biro, Project Manager, MRG Hannu Halinen, Ambassador of Finland to Hungary
Saturday, 3 July - Developing an Advocacy
Campaign Strategy and Follow-up
Working Groups: Developing an Advocacy Campaign Strategy - participants work in small groups or on their own to develop a strategic plan to address a relevant problem in their country / community.
Discussion of Strategic Plans and Follow-up Activities
List of Participants:
- Mr Jarabik Balazs, Sandor Marai Foundation, Bratislava, Slovakia
- Ms Julia Borisov, Community of Russian Lippovans from Romania, Bucharest, Romania
- Ms Elizabeta Buova, European Integration Office, Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Skopje, Macedonia
- Mr Attila Dudas, Hungary
- Mr Bumbu Gruia, Romani Criss, Bucharest, Romania
- Mr Istvan Haller, Liga Pro Europa, Tirgu-Mures, Romania
- Mr Bill Iatrou, Gazeta 'Lajko Vima', Sarande, Albania
- Ms Mirela Ilusca, The Ukrainians Union, Bucharest, Romania
- Mr Ernest Jovic, Center for Information and Support to NGOs, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
- Ms Petra Klein, Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, Zagreb, Croatia
- Mr Iliya Kochev, Cultural, Educational and Social Development Foundation, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
- Ms Liliana Kovatcheva, Network Women's Programme, Kyustendil, Bulgaria
- Mr Suad Missini, Civil Society Resource Center, Skopje, Macedonia
- Mr Ninko Miric, Serbian Democratic Forum, Zagreb, Croatia
- Mr Albert Musliu, Association for Democratic Initiatives, Gostivar, Macedonia
- Ms Nafsika Papanikolatos, Minority Rights Group-Greece, Kifisia, Greece
- Mr Krisztian Posa, FR Yugoslavia
- Ms Christina Rougheri, Greek Helsinki Monitor, Kifisia, Greece
- Ms Ramiza Sakip, Roma Community Center of Skopje, Skopje, Macedonia
- Mr Boguslaw Salej, Union of Lemkos, Gorlice, Poland
- Mr Matej Sipicki, National Slovak Self-Government, Budapest, Hungary
- Mr Zoran Stankovic, Serbian Community of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia
- Ms Silvia Sujanova, Foundation Citizen and Democracy/MRG-Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia
- Ms Usnija Vladisavljevic, Foundation for Open Society, FR Yugoslavia
- Mr Pavlos Voskopoulos, Vinozhito - Ouranio Toxo (Rainbow) Organisation of the National Macedonian Minority in Greece, Florina, Greece
- Ms Goksen Yunusoglu, Young Academicians' Club, Western Thrace, Greece
- Ms Vanda Zamicka, Latvia