Tuesday, 30 October 2012

TEDx Talk: Why Democracy Matters

In this interesting talk, British MP Rory Stewart deals with approaches to rebuild democracy, starting with recognizing why democracy is important:

Monday, 29 October 2012

Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi – winners of the 2012 Sakharov Prize

Left: Jafar PANAHI and Nasrin SATOUDEH - Sakharov Prize Winner 2012 © European Union 2012 EP and © Handout/afp/ European Union 2012 EP

26-10-2012 - Two Iranian activists, lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and film director Jafar Panahi, are this year's joint winners of the European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. They were chosen by president Martin Schulz and political group leaders on Friday 26 October.

"The award of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to the Iranians Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi is a message of solidarity and recognition to a woman and a man who have not been bowed by fear and intimidation and who have decided to put the fate of their country before their own. I sincerely hope they will be able to come in person to Strasbourg to the European Parliament to collect their prize in December," said president Schulz, announcing the winner after the meeting.

President Schulz will award the prize at a formal sitting of Parliament during the December plenary session, in Strasbourg.

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Nasrin Sotoudeh, born in 1963, is an Iranian lawyer and human rights advocate. She has represented opposition activists imprisoned following Iran's disputed June 2009 presidential elections, juveniles facing the death penalty, women and prisoners of conscience. She was arrested in September 2010 on charges of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security and has been held in solitary confinement.

Sotoudeh has two children. She recently started a hunger strike in protest against the state's harassment of her family.

Jafar Panahi

Jafar Panahi, born in 1960, is an Iranian film director, screenwriter and film editor. He first achieved international recognition with his film The White Balloon that won the Caméra d'Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. His films often focus on the hardships faced by children, the impoverished and women in Iran.

Mr Panahi was arrested in March 2010 and later sentenced to six years in jail and a 20-year ban on directing any movies or leaving the country. His latest film "This Is Not a Film" was smuggled from Iran to the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on a USB stick hidden inside a cake.

Sotoudeh and Panahi were nominated by the Socialists and Democrats, Liberals and Democrats and Greens/European Free Alliance groups as well as by José Ignacio Salafranca, Elmar Brok and 11 other MEPs.

The two other finalists were Ales Bialiatski and Pussy Riot


The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, named in honour of the Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov, has been awarded by the European Parliament every year since 1988 to individuals or organisations that have made an important contribution to the fight for human rights or democracy. The prize is accompanied by an award of €50,000.

Press release European Parliament

Friday, 26 October 2012

Concord: Gender- and HRBA- Trainers wanted

CONCORD is seeking to engage two people to organise and facilitate training sessions on gender and HRBA for our staff. The terms of reference for this consultancy are attached. I kindly request you disseminate them among your expert contacts.

HRBA Trainer: http://www.concordeurope.org/job/104-hrba-trainer

Gender Trainer: http://www.concordeurope.org/job/103-gender-trainer

Should you request further information, do not hesitate in contacting
Ms Julieta González
Policy Officer HRBA/Gender/EU-ACP Relations
CONCORD/Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness
www.concordeurope.org / www.cso-effectiveness.org
10 square Ambiorix - B-1000 Belgium
Tel: +32/2/743 87 99 /Fax: +32/2/732 19 34

CONCORD is the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development. Its 27 national associations, 18 international networks and 2 associate member represent 1,800 NGOs which are supported by millions of citizens across Europe. CONCORD leads reflection and political actions and regularly engages in dialogue with the European institutions and other civil society organisations. At global level, CONCORD is actively involved in the Open Forum for CSO Development effectiveness, the Beyond 2015 campaign, BetterAid and the International Forum of NGO platforms. www.concordeurope.org

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Vacancy: International Human Rights Education Project Coordinator at Amnesty International (London)

Amnesty International's Human Rights Education Team is seeking an International Human Rights Education Project Coordinator for our Education for Human Dignity project. Please see below for information about the role. The position is a fixed term contract starting immediately to 31 May 2013 and is based in London, UK.  
Closing date is 7 November 2012.

About the role:
As a valued member of the Human Rights Education Team, you will oversee the final stages of Amnesty International’s Education for Human Dignity project and ensure its adequate closure, in particular working with internal partners and external donors to ensure that the project is coordinated, implemented, reported on and evaluated within the agreed timeline and resources.

The Education for Human Dignity Project aims to raise awareness, inform debate and enable action in order to tackle human rights abuses that drive and deepen poverty. Through human rights education and participatory approaches, young people and those that work with them (including teachers, youth workers and multipliers) have an increased understanding of the relationship between poverty and human rights, and will be equipped and empowered to take action and call for human rights solutions to poverty.

About you:

You will have demonstrated experience in human rights education project management, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Your experience will include managing externally-funded projects (ideally by EuropeAid), with proven skills in reporting to external donors and partners, financial management, problem identification, stakeholder engagement, and evaluation.  You will have knowledge of monitoring and evaluating of projects related to human rights, human rights education or other education for social change, as well as an understanding of and practical experience in using human rights education methodology to deliver human rights education projects. You will also have experience in drafting substantial external and internal reports and briefings, including reports based on results based management and theory of change frameworks, as well as experience in monitoring and overseeing large complex multi-currency budgets.

About us:
Our aim is simple: an end to human rights abuses. Independent, international and influential, we campaign for justice, freedom and truth wherever they’re denied. Already our network of over three million members and supporters is making a difference in 150 countries. And whether we’re conducting human rights education or applying pressure through powerful research or direct lobbying, mass demonstrations or online campaigning, we’re all inspired by hope for a better world. One where human rights are respected and protected by everyone, everywhere.

For further information on this and all of our other vacancies, and to apply online please visit www.amnesty.org/jobs quoting reference SDCP/HRE/PC1.

Please note that we will only accept submissions through the website and completed on an Amnesty International application form.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Civil Society Dialogue between the EU and Turkey - III Program (CSD-III) to be launched in Autunm 2012

Strengthening the social and cultural dialogue between the EU and Turkey is a component of the accession process which is equally crucial as the reform process in Turkey and the framework for accession negotiations. The social and culture dialogue between the EU and Turkey can however be ensured only through its permeation into civil society as the most effective force that can bridge the information gap, achieve better mutual understanding and provide a stronger awareness on future accessions.

In order to include civil society in this process, the Ministry for EU Affairs (MEU) of the Republic of Turkey has implemented various projects to promote the civil society dialogue between the EU and Turkey since 2005. As a continuation of these civil society dialogue projects conducted by the MEU, call for proposal of "Civil Society Dialogue between the EU and Turkey - III Program (CSD-III)” is going to be announced in November 2012.

CSD-III consists of two main grant components, Political Criteria and Media, and will be funded by the EU through a resource amounting to 9 million Euros.

As a requirement of the nature of the civil society dialogue, partnership between CSOs in Turkey and the EU is a must for grant projects to be funded under two components. With this aim, our Ministry gives high importance to the process of informing relevant stakeholders in the EU Member States effectively, and also aims to develop a partner database covering relevant CSOs from the EU and Turkey.

The assistance of relevant CSO networks and umbrella organizations, like yours, has in this context crucial importance. Any support from these networks and organizations to the process of development of the partner database and dissemination of information on the Grant Program would be highly appreciated.

Therefore, especially, if any, the sharing of existing and appropriate CSO databases with our Ministry and dissemination of the forthcoming Call for Proposal to your networks/member CSOs would be valuable contributions.

Please find attached the brief information about CSD-III. For further information you can contact with Mr. Murat BASER (mbaser@ab.gov.tr) and Ms. Tugba Bozcaga (tbozcaga@ab.gov.tr) from the Ministry for EU Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. You will also find further details on CSD projects at www.csdproject.net and http://www.ab.gov.tr/index.php?p=48092&l=2

Murat Başer
Coordinator of CSD Projects
Directorate of Project Implementation
Ministry for EU Affairs
Mustafa Kemal Mah. 6.Cad.No:4 Bilkent/Ankara
Tel: +90 312 218 17 27 Fax: +90 312 218 14 54
E-mail: mbaser@ab.gov.tr

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Argumentation Toolkit for Transgender Inclusion

Download your free copy of "…And Others! - Argumentation Training for Transgender Inclusion in Europe"!
This publication aims to empower trans* activists and allies working for trans* equality, rights and inclusion.

The toolkit provides arguments and best practices to inspire advocating for trans* people’s rights. It focuses on:
- Gender Recognition and Family and Relationship Recognition
- Healthcare
- Employment
- Media Representation
- Hate Crime
- Engaging with Government Civil Servants

Leo Y. Wild (TransInterQueer, Germany) and Alecs Recher (Transgender Network Switzerland, Transgender Europe) presenting the publication "Argumentation Training for Transgender Inclusion in Europe"

More information and free download here.

The publication is a result of the Grundtvig Learning Partnership “…and Others! Argumentation Training for Transgender Inclusion in Europe” which was supported through the EU Lifelong Learning Programme.

Lobbying for EDC/HRE: Your Allies on the national level

At DARE´s General Assembly 2012 the members agreed to intensify their national lobby work for EDC/HRE on the national level. It seems necessary to follow more integrated approaches.

There is allies that could help to advance the situation for non-formal education providers on the national levels, in DARE´s perspective very important is the the Council of Europe EDC-Coordinators network:

"The co-ordinators for Education for democratic citizenship and human rights (EDC/HRE coordinators) are officially nominated contact persons whose main tasks are to ensure that CoE information on this topic is disseminated in the member states and to keep international partners (CoE, network of coordinators, other international organisations when appropriate) informed of EDC/HRE developments in their own countries. Most of the coordinators are representatives of Ministries of Education or similar professional bodies. At their meetings, the coordinators exchange information on recent developments in their countries, discuss future projects and identify possible solutions to common challenges. They provide feedback on the tools and manuals developed by the Council of Europe, and contribute to the organisation of the major events. Increasingly, the coordinators also work in smaller groups on a regional or thematic basis. In particular, three regional groups were established in order to address issues specific to their region: the Baltic/Black Sea Network, the Nordic Network and the South East Europe Network. Over the years, the network of EDC/HRE co-ordinators has become an active and influential community of professionals and decision-makers." (source COE)

Find the full list of all EDC-Coordinators here:

Further important partners can be found by using the means offered at the UN Level:

The office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on its webpage provides a large list of  institutions which offer human rights education and training programmes and/or produce education and training materials. They include academic institutes, research centres, non-governmental organizations as well as intergovernmental organizations working at the international, regional and national level;
One can search these instititutions by Type or by country. This offers broad thematic and country-specific research opportunities to link EDC/HRE questions handled by non-formal education with other stakeholders in the field.
The data-base can be found here: http://hre.ohchr.org/hret/InstitutionList01.aspx?lng=en

European Union Anti-Trafficking Day - 18 October

*** OSCE Special Representative calls for redoubled efforts against modern-day slavery on Anti-Trafficking Day ***

VIENNA, 18 October 2012 – The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, called for new approaches in the fight against the growing problem of modern-day slavery on the occasion of the European Union Anti-Trafficking Day on 18 October.

"We need to step up our anti-trafficking action based on four key points,” Giammarinaro said. “First, human rights of vulnerable and trafficked persons must take first place, including their right to compensation; second, prevention is key, especially through the non-discrimination and social inclusion of vulnerable groups and persons such as Roma minorities, migrants, children on the move, asylum seekers and refugees; third, all related policy areas such as migration and labour policies should be consistent with anti-trafficking action; fourth, enhanced international co-operation is needed to tackle organized crime and to provide better victim protection."

"After more than a century since its abolition, slavery reappeared in new forms, and is now growing day by day. Our poorest and most vulnerable fellow citizens are systematically exploited for sexual or labour exploitation, forced criminality, and for the purpose of organ removal," Giammarinaro said.

She recalled that last year in Vilnius, the OSCE foreign ministers confirmed their commitments aimed at preventing and fighting against human trafficking, and ensuring a robust response against modern-day slavery.

OSCE Press release

"It´s Green to Talk" - Young People demad Europe listen to their voices on climate change

HUNDREDS of green teens are working with a London MEP to transform the way Europe deals with climate change.

Green party member Jean Lambert is backing a special manifesto, written by young people from across Europe and Africa, to demand MEPs listen to their voices. The move is the culmination of a 2 year international project - Make the Link: Climate ExChange – backed by Plan UK and the Citizenship Foundation. “Ultimately it is young people and future generations who will have to face the worst consequences of climate change – yet young people’s views are rarely listened to,” says campaigner Tehseen Mirza, 20, from Manchester. “This declaration is an opportunity for MEPs to show they are taking us seriously on this critical matter.” The document demands that decision makers engage directly and meaningful with young people and that sustainability be embedded in school curricula.

If half or more of the 754 MEPs sign up, the EU will be required to drive forward the terms of the text. “Many young people feel powerless to change the world and they switch off from important global issues,” says Jean Lambert. “This is why we need to find new ways to engage with young people on climate change and to ensure that their voices are heard.” The declaration comes as a new handbook is launched by Plan UK and the Citizenship Foundation to promote better cooperation between policy makers and young people. The guide – Make the Link - explains the background to the “Make the Link: Climate ExChange” project and lays out the importance of how and why to work with children and teenagers. From starting a school project, to worldwide digital campaigns – the aim is to overcome the barriers to democracy that young people can face. “Including young people in the decision-making process is not just ‘good practice’; it is an absolute necessity, particularly in addressing one of the greatest challenges we face: climate change,” says Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action. “The way in which we deal with climate change now will have a decisive impact on the world that today’s young people and their children will inherit.”
Thanks to the support of five MEPs from the UK, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Romania and Finland the declaration will be presented to the European Parliament on the 19 November. Young people are being asked to contact their MEPs by letter, twitter and facebook to encourage them to sign the declaration – before the 3 month expiry date. Get involved at our website http://www.mtl-cec.org

Plan UK works with some of the world’s poorest children in 50 countries around the world and encourages greater participation of young people in decision-making and planning. www.plan-uk.org

The Citizenship Foundation is an independent education and participation charity (no 801360) that aims to encourage and enable individuals to engage in democratic society. http://www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/

For more information:
Rose Foley
Plan UK Media Relations Officer
Tel: 0203 217 0257
Mobile: +44 (0)7964 296431

How to get involved:


o @____ you’re my MEP and I think you should listen to my views on climate change #YouthVoiceEU  

@____ show you’re committed to consulting young people on climate change issues sign #YouthVoiceEU www.mtl-cec.org/youthvoiceeu

@____ working with young people leads to better decision making on climate change
www.mtl-cec.org/youthvoiceeu #YouthVoiceEU  

Tweets about "#YouthVoiceEU"

Follow @YouthOnClimate to keep up to date with the latest campaign news

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

'A Path to Dignity' screened at Europe's largest human rights conference

Screening of A Path to Dignity in Warsaw, 24 September 2012
HREA organised a showing of the new documentary film "A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education" at the annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw organised by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Approximately fifty people attended the screening, held on the evening of September 24th.

HREA produced this film jointly with Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) as a tool to raise awareness about the positive role that human rights education can play in fulfilling human rights. The film premiered at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on September 19th. The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting is Europe's largest conference on human rights and democracy, attended by government representatives, experts, non-governmental organisations, and human rights defenders from 56 countries.

For more information on A Path to Dignity, please visit the film's website, www.path-to-dignity.org. HREA and its partners are currently in the process of submitting the film to human rights film festivals and organising screenings around the world.

New resource: Becoming a Human Rights Friendly School

Amnesty International has launched a new resource in connection with its Human Rights Friendly Schools project. Amnesty International supports schools and their wider communities to build a global culture of human rights. Adopting a whole-school approach, the Human Rights Friendly Schools project aims to empower young people and promote the active participation of all members of the school community to integrate human rights values and principles into key areas of school life. Developed by Amnesty International within the context of the UN World Programme for Human Rights Education, the Human Rights Friendly Schools project builds on and complements existing local and national initiatives undertaken in recent years.

Based on lessons learned from the project pilot phase from 2009-2011, Amnesty is pleased to announce the release of a new resource:
Becoming a Human Rights Friendly School: A guide for schools around the world Download the guide here in English: http://amnesty.org/en/library/info/POL32/001/2012/en
The guide will be available in French and Spanish soon.

Illustrated throughout with case studies from the Human Rights Friendly Schools Network, the guide provides information and tools to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate a school’s journey to becoming human rights friendly. It offers practical suggestions for schools around the world to make human rights a viable part of their curricula, teaching methodology and broader learning environment that has a lasting impact not just on students, but also on their wider communities.

What is a Human Rights Friendly School?

A Human Rights Friendly School places human rights at the heart of the learning experience and makes human rights an integral part of everyday school life. From the way decisions are made in schools, to the way people treat each other, to the curriculum and extra-curricular activities on offer, right down to the very surroundings in which students are taught, the school becomes an exemplary model for human rights education.

Please visit the Amnesty International webpage for more information about the Human Rights Friendly Schools project: http://www.amnesty.org/en/human-rights-education/projects-initiatives/rfsp

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If you have any comments or questions about the Human Rights Friendly Schools project, please do get in touch with us at HumanRightsFriendlySchools@amnesty.org.

CfA Europeans for Peace

The new call for application is out now! Are you about to plan or do you already have an international project partnership with a school and/or a non-school organisation in the countries of Central-, Eastern-, and South-Eastern Europe or Israel? Then apply now with your project idea for funding. Until January 1st, 2013, project outlines can be submitted to the topic of .

Funding can be requested for the following costs, to a limited extent: group travel, accommodation, board and fees of experts during the project encounters. The projects will run between August 2013 and August 2014.

EUROPEANS FOR PEACE strengthens historical awareness and bolsters the active commitment of young people for human rights and understanding between peoples. Detailed information is available in our flyer or visit us at www.europeans-for-peace.de .

Please also pass the information on to multipliers, educationalists and youth project leaders. We would be grateful if you also put a link and/or information about our funding programme on your homepage.

Heide Lübge
Stiftung "Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft" (EVZ)
Program manager / Public Relations
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 25 92 97-34
E-Mail: europeans-for-peace@stiftung-evz.de

Monday, 15 October 2012

DARE GA welcomes two new member organisations

The DARE General Assembly accepted at DARE´s annual meeting in Rome on 8th octovber 2012 unanimously the Prague based Mulktikulturní Centrum Praha http://www.mkc.cz/en/home.html as new meber from Czech Republic.
The second new member organisatio is the Berlin-based Network "Migration in Europe" http://www.network-migration.org/index_eng.php

We are looking for fruitful cooperation with the new member organisations!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

European Focus Meeting: The Effect of the Economic Crisis on NGO´s, Rome 8/9th October 2012


8th Oct 2012

Afternoon: Check in at the Hotel Don Bosco Hotel ("Ospizio Salesiano Sacro Cuore, via Marsala 42, Rome", close to Termini Train Station)
6 p.m. evening reception and DARE General Assembly

9th oct 2012

9:00 Keynote inputs by Carlotta Sami (AI/ Italia)
and Ruxandra Ratiu (Citizenship Foundation/UK) The Effects of the Economic Crisis on Citizenship Education in Europe

coffee break

10.30 -12.30

Two parallel groups on national Experiences of NGO´s with financial cutbacks and practical examples on alternatives (Low and no-budget projects, Funding from non-governmental sources, Volunteering, New forms of cooperation with governmental/inter-governmental agencies, Social enterprise models).

WS 1: moderated by Georg Pirker (AdB/GER):


  • Lillian Hjorth/Evgenija Korolthseva (Menneskerettingsakademiet/NOR): New forms of cooperation with governmental/inter-governmental agencies
  • Corina Leca (Friendship Ambassadors /ROM): Experiences in generating and running low budget projects
  • Sebastian Engmann (Internationaler Bund/GER): From project funding to sustainability: Establishing a foundation to maintain a good project
  • Canan Oztoprak (Turkish Cypriot Human Rights Education Foundation/ CYP): The Effect of the Economic Crisis in TC Civil Society organizations
  • Sulev Valdmaa (Jan Tönissöni Institute /EE): Estonian NGO´s in Changing Conditions

WS 2: moderated by Tanveer Parnez (BEMIS, UK) Gabriella Patriziano (VIS, IT)
  • Tanveer Parnez: (BEMIS/UK): Social Enterprises as a possible way to maintain quality HRE work? A example from Scotland
  • Dagmar Sieglova (Multikulturní Centrum Praha/CZ): Low and no budget project: a case study of a long-term project, dilemmas and problems with its funding and possible set-ups for a solution
  • Mustafa Ozturk: “A Key to Europe: Innovative Methodology in Turkish School History - an example for a low and no-budget project
  • Borislava Daskalova (Bulgarian Network for Human Rights Education/BG): The Effects and Challenges of the Economical Crisis on Bulgarian NGOs, dealing with human rights education
  • Girvydas Duoblys (Centre for Civic Initiatives/IT): Crisis and NGO's in Lithuania: are there any alternatives?
12.30 -1 p.m. Closing session, policy recommendations



For any inputs to the Working groups DARE will reimburse accommodation and travel costs (up to 250 €) for DARE members.

The European Focus Meeting is open to external participants.

For more information please click here: http://dare-network.blogspot.de/search/label/European%20Focus%20Meeting%202012

For further information please directly contact Georg Pirker: pirker@adb.de

Monday, 1 October 2012


This years' call for application in the funding programme for international school and youth projects EUROPEANS FOR PEACE of the Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" (EVZ).

The new call for application is out now! Are you about to plan or do you already have an international project partnership with a school and/or a non-school organisation in the countries of Central-, Eastern-, and South-Eastern Europe or Israel? Then apply now with your project idea for funding. Until January 1st, 2013, project outlines can be submitted to the topic of .

Funding can be requested for the following costs, to a limited extent: group travel, accommodation, board and fees of experts during the project encounters. The projects will run between August 2013 and August 2014.

EUROPEANS FOR PEACE strengthens historical awareness and bolsters the active commitment of young people for human rights and understanding between peoples. Detailed information is available in our flyer or visit us at www.europeans-for-peace.de .

Please also pass the information on to multipliers, educationalists and youth project leaders. We would be grateful if you also put a link and/or information about our funding programme on your homepage.

Thank you for your support!

Stiftung "Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft" (EVZ)


Program manager / Public Relations
Heide Lübge
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 25 92 97-34
E-Mail: europeans-for-peace@stiftung-evz.de