On 14 October 2016 the ECMI and the Center Maurits Coppieters launched a cartoon on minority rights in Brussels. The cartoon aims to answer a key question: “What are minority rights?”
Over 40 guests from different organizations in Brussels joined the ECMI and the Centre Maurits Coppieters for the official launch of the cartoon on minority rights. After a welcoming speech by Gunther Dauwen (Director of EFA, Secretary General of the Center Maurits Coppieters), ECMI Senior Research Associate and the project’s author and initiator Dr. Zora Popova introduced the cartoon to the audience. She highlighted the main aim of the cartoon and linked it to the mission of the ECMI: “This year the ECMI celebrates 20 years of its establishment. I hope that in 20 years we will all celebrate the anniversary of this cartoon and its contribution to promoting minority rights”. Later during the evening, the Center Maurits Coppieters also screened short videos on para-diplomacy and good governance.
After the event, the guests had the opportunity to discuss the videos during a reception hosted by the CMC. Some of the visitors shared their impressions with the ECMI InfoChannel as well:
“The cartoon makes it very easy to understand why minority rights are important” – Frank de Boer, Legal/Policy Advisor of the Federal Union of the European Nationalities (FUEN).
“The minority rights cartoon is a positive and effective introduction to minority rights, which has the potential to renew interest in the topic” – Johanna Green, Program Manager of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO).
“Minority rights are an integral part of democracy. The ideas of all three videos that were presented today are linked to one another and all three of them play an important role in measuring and building a democratic society” – Gunther Dauwen, Director of European Free Alliance (EFA) and Secretary General of the Center Maurits Coppieters.
“Today one of the problems in our society is that too many people talk while they lack basic understanding of what they are talking about. Hopefully the minority rights cartoon will help people understand what is meant by ‘minority rights’.” – Iva Ulmanova, law student of KU Leuven and a former project manager at the ECMI Kosovo.
Watch the Minority Rights cartoon here: