EPP Final Conference, Day 2: Discussion Sessions

The session on international judicial mechanisms and monitoring included presentations on hate speech online with regard to Transcarpathian Roma and Roma in Belarus, and the legal framework and mechanisms for preventing and combating discrimination in the Republic of Moldova. The session raised issues like language rights in Moldova, (lack of) access to justice systems in minority languages, and discrimination against Roma. Presenters included:

  • Larisa Zhuk, Senior Lecturer at Uzhhorod Trade and Economic Institute of Kyiv National Trade and Economic University in Ukraine, presenting on ECHR practice pertinent to minority rights and ban of discrimination for the countries of the EU Eastern Neighborhood
  • Violeta Cojocaru, Head of the International and European Law Department of Moldova State University, who talked about national legal framework and mechanisms for preventing and combating discrimination in the Republic of Moldova
  • Oleg Grigoryev, Regional coordinator of Ukraine Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights (Transcarpathian region), who spoke about the monitoring of Internet media pertinent to hate speech, and interethnic tensions among the population with regard to Transcarpathian Roma
  • Raman Yurhel representing “Belarusian Helsinki Committee” in Hrodna, Belarus, who presented his work on monitoring of the internet media related to hate speech with regard to Roma

The session on trainings and programs on non-discrimination, international cooperation and civil society initiatives included presentations on specific initiatives on Roma, non-discrimination, increasing tolerance or raising awareness of minority issues:

  • Olexandra Sverdlova, representing Social Action Centre in Ukraine, presented interactive approaches to the promotion of non-discrimination and equality, and screened short interactive cartoons produced by their organisation to raise awareness and educate audiences on the most pressing issues, such as discrimination at work. Watch the videos here.
  • Olga Zhmurko, Roma program initiative director at the International Renaissance Foundation (local branch of Open Society Foundations) in Ukraine, presenting on Roma issues and international cooperation
  • Svetlana Likhacheva, Head of the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the Arkadz Kuliasou Mahiliou State University in Belarus, who talked about tolerance as a basis for HR international standards
  • Alena Ihnatovich, Board Member of the Association of Experts in Youth Work, who talked about development and implementation of training programs based on international standards for strengthening equality and combating discrimination

The session on international and regional cooperation included presentations on International and Regional Cooperation:

  • Michail Toth, Senior Researcher at the Institute of State and Law, V.M. Koretsky National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine; Honorary Chairman of the Democratic Union of Hungarians of Ukraine, who spoke about the role and importance of minority protection in Hungarian-Ukrainian relations
  • Svetlana Koch, Associate Professor of the Department of History of World Politics of the Institute of Social Sciences and Deputy Director of the Institute of Social Sciences for Science, Mechnikov Odessa National University, Ukraine, who discussed the mechanism of impact of the Bulgarian state on social processes within Ukraine’s Bulgarian Diaspora
  • Yuliya Uzun, Associate Professor of the Department of History of World Politics of the Institute of Social Sciences, Mechnikov Odessa National University, Ukraine, who spoke about the cooperation of Ukraine, Moldova and Romania in countering ethic discrimination and protection of national minorities in Bessarabia
  • Iryna Trubavina, Professor at Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine, who discussed approaches to the creation of the conditions for the realization of minority rights in international and Ukrainian theory and practice
  • Olga Vasilieva, Chief expert on nationalities and language policy of managing culture, nationalities, and religions of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, who discussed the improvement of institutional mechanisms for managing ethno-cultural relations at the regional level
  • Elena Petrova, Former Deputy Head of the Department of Culture, Tourism, Nationalities and Religions of the Odessa Regional State Administration, who talked about regional specifics of ethno-politics implementation, specifically practical experiences and the ways of modernization.

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