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[balkans] IHF/MHC/GHM: Balkan Royaumont Seminar on Minority and Religious Rights

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  • Florian Bieber
    INTERNATIONAL HELSINKI FEDERATION MONTENEGRIN HELSINKI COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS GREEK HELSINKI MONITOR Balkan Human Rights Groups in Montenegro to Discuss
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 19, 1999
      INTERNATIONAL HELSINKI FEDERATION
      MONTENEGRIN HELSINKI COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
      GREEK HELSINKI MONITOR

      Balkan Human Rights Groups in Montenegro to Discuss Minority and Religious
      Rights

      (Vienna/Budva/Athens, 17 September 1999) Representatives of Helsinki
      Committees and other human rights groups from the Balkans and Central
      Europe are gathering in Herceg Novi, Montenegro on 24-26 September 1999 for
      a "Seminar on Minority Rights and Freedom of Religion in Balkan Countries."

      The meeting is organized by the Montenegrin Helsinki Committee for Human
      Rights and the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF), in
      cooperation with Greek Helsinki Monitor. The meeting is part of a 2-year
      regional project "A Multi-national Program of NGO Human Rights Cooperation
      in the Framework of the Royaumont Process", which is supported by the
      European Union.

      Human rights defenders from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech
      Republic, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania,
      Republika Srpska, Serbia and Slovakia will be attending the meeting.

      National project coordinators will present reports on freedom of religion
      and minority rights, including questions of citizenship, language,
      education and other dimension, and explain how existing legislation and
      practices correspond to European standards. A special focus will be the
      situation of the Roma.

      The freedom of religion as a human right will be discussed in terms of the
      use of religion for political purposes, conflicts between "traditional" and
      "new" religions, and national policies and practices regarding legal
      registration.

      The seminar will also include discussion about the role of civil society
      groups and churches in conflict prevention, minority protection, and in
      monitoring and contributing to the Stability Pact.


      For more information:

      Nina Wessel, IHF Secretariat +43 1 408882224
      Slobodan Franovic, Montenegrin Helsinki Committee +381 69 053191
      Panayote Dimitras, Greek Helsinki Monitor +30 1 620 0120





      A Multi-national Program of NGO Human Rights Cooperation
      In the Framework of the Royaumont Process

      Seminar on Minority Rights and Freedom of Religion in Balkan Countries
      Herceg Novi, Montenegro 24-26 September 1999

      AGENDA

      Friday 24. September

      10.00 Welcoming Statements;
      Slobodan Franovic, Chair, Montenegrin Helsinki Committee for Human Rights
      Panayote Dimitras, Spokesperson, Greek Helsinki Monitor

      Session 1: Legal Protection and Tolerance Moderator: Sonja Biserko
      10.15 Presentation of IHF activities with regards to Freedom of Religion
      and Protection of Minorities
      10.30 Presentations by IHF National Co-ordinators on existing protective
      national legislation and its application in Central and South Eastern Europe.
      11.30-12.00 Coffee
      12.00-13.30 Plenary Discussion

      13.30-15.00 Lunch

      Session 2: Freedom of Religion Moderator: Jan ter Laak
      15.00-18.30 - The use of religion for political purposes
      - Traditional churches versus new religions
      - Registration issues, Freedom of Assembly

      Saturday 25 September

      Session 2 (continued):
      9.30-12.00 Freedom of Religion

      Session 3: Mechanisms for protection of minority rights in Europe
      12.15-13.15 Presentation by Alan Phillips, Director, Minority Rights Group;
      Vice President of the Advisory Commission of the CoE on the Framework
      Convention on National Minorities
      Zdenka Machnyikova, Representative, OSCE High Commissioner on National
      Minorities
      Boris Tsilevich, Member of Parliament of Latvia, and the CoE Parliamentary
      Assembly

      13.15-14.30 Lunch

      Session 4: Minority Rights Moderator: Boris Tsilevich
      14.30-17.00 - Citizenship
      - Language/ Educational issues
      - Right to organisation

      Sunday 26 September

      Session 5:
      9.30-12.30 Roma -The neglected minority of Europe. Moderator: Josephine
      Verspaget
      Tatjana Peric: Roma rights in Central and Eastern Europe
      -Education/Employment

      12.30-13.30 Lunch

      Session 6:
      13.30-15.00 How to improve regional co-operation on civil society level:
      The role of NGOs and churches in conflict prevention and minority
      protection in the framework of the Stability Pact.
      -Plenary discussion
      -Recommendations and Conclusion


      Co-financed by the European Community
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