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2017

January

23/01/2017-27/01/2017
Study Session Think global, learn international, Act local
Organiser: Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe
Topic: youth activism
Language: English
Deadline: 20/11/2016
Description: The aim of this study session is to critically evaluate and advance role of international youth work in political maturing of activists and organizations on local level.
Venue: European Youth Centre Budapest
Zivatar utca 1, Budapest, Hungary
Website

24/01/2017-27/01/2017
OSCE BMSC Cross-Border Research Conference ‘ The Dilemma of Migration’
Organiser: OSCE
Topic: migration
Language: English
Deadline: 05/01/2017
Description: International Cross-Border Research Conference entitled ‘The Dilemma of Migration’ aims to facilitate an open and constructive dialogue between researchers and practitioners based on research works and practical experiences which foster a better understanding of the world best practices in resolving the border-related issues.
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23/01/2017
Film Screening and Q&A—The Constitution: A Love Story About Hate
Organiser: Open Society Foundations
Topic: hate, intolerance, differences
Language: English
Description: The Constitution, set in Zagreb, Croatia, tells the story of four very different people living in the same apartment building but avoiding each other because of differences in their beliefs, how they live their lives, and where they come from. Under normal circumstances they would probably never exchange a word, but misfortune ultimately pushes them towards each other. Their lives entangle in ways that profoundly challenge deep-held beliefs and prejudices surrounding material status, sexual orientation, nationality, and religion. Slowly, sometimes painfully, they begin to open up to each other and to recognize each other’s essential humanity.
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February

01/02/2017-03/02/2017
Youth and the Prevention of Violent Extremism: Workshop on Perspectives from the Black Sea Region
Organiser: The Austrian OSCE Chairmanship with the support of the OSCE Transnational Threats Department and the OSCE Mission to Moldova
Topic: violent extremism
Language: English
Description: This workshop for the Black Sea region brought together a group of 14 young men and women from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Turkey, and the Russian Federation. Participants included youth who are involved in preventing violent extremism and radicalization or active in relevant areas, such as intolerance, xenophobia, hate speech, hate crimes, marginalization, disenfranchisement, gangs, or hooliganism.
Venue: Chisinau, Moldova
Website

02/02/2017
House of One International Conference
Organiser: Dialogue Platform Association, House of Dialogue, Hungarian Christian-Jewish Society
Topic: diversity
Language: English
Description: The Conference will shed light on the challenges to the importance of interfaith dialogue in the 21st century and introduce the initiative of “House of One”. This project was initiated in Berlin, aiming to construct a single building – a place of worship – that accommodates a church, a synagogue and a mosque, all in one roof. The House of One will be a place where the coexistence of religions is lived peacefully in great openness and appreciation of diversity. The Conference focuses on interreligious dialogue and forms of cooperation between the representatives of different faiths, to emphasize the necessity of coexistence, and to promote religious diversity and heritage in an interdependent world.
Venue: Párbeszéd Háza – House of Dialogue
Budapest, Horánszky utca 20
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07/02/2017
What the fund?! – Call for innovative ideas
Organiser: Citizens for Europe
Topic: fundraising
Language: English
Deadline: 16/01/2017
Description: You are a NGO, association, or a social entrepreneur in the making? You have a great idea that could positively impact society, your neighborhood, city or country? You are creative, motivated, but don’t know exactly where to start? Take part in the Citizens for Europe Fundraising Night to pitch your idea and learn from inspiring entrepreneurs innovative paths for successful fundraising!
Venue: Brussels, Belgium
Website

21/02/2017 and 28/02/2017 and 07/03/2017
Challenging Discrimination in Mainstream Media
Organiser: West of Scotland Regional Equality Council
Topic: discrimination
Language: English
Deadline: 26/01/2017
Description: A free 3-day course over 3 consecutive weeks open to students and practitioners.  The course will provide an accessible and jargon-free theoretical and legal exploration of the negative impact of ‘everyday discriminatory’ images and messages in mainstream media.
Venue: Napiershall Street Centre
Glasgow, G20 6EZ United Kingdom
Website

March

02/03/2017-03/03/2017
Preventing and Countering Discriminatory Violence at the Local Level
Organiser: European Forum for Urban Security
Topic: hate crime
Language: English
Description: Efus invites you to a public European seminar on countering discriminatory violence and hate crime at the local level.
Venue: Haus der Europäischen Union, Wipplingerstraße 35,1010 Vienna, Austria
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06/03/2017
The opening of the English version of the Exhibition “Different Wars: National School Textbooks on World War II”
Organiser: EU-Russia Civil Society Forum
Topic: World War II
Language: English, Lithuanian, Russian
Description: The “Different Wars” Exhibition reveals the differences in the narration and perception of the history of the Second World War in modern high school textbooks of the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Russia.
Venue: Grey Hall of the Vilnius Town Hall (31, Didžioji St., 01128 Vilnius)
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13/03/2017-14/03/2017
EU Anti-Discrimination Law – Seminar
Organiser: ERA on behalf of the European Commission
Topic: anti-discrimination
Language: English, French
Deadline: 18/01/2017
Description: The seminar will provide participants with an overview of the two European directives prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of race or ethnic origin in a number of areas, as well as on disability, age, sexual orientation or religion/belief in employment and occupation.
Venue: Trier, Germany
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April

23/04/2017-25/04/2017
Youth and the Prevention of Violent Extremism: Workshop on Perspectives from the Western Balkan Region
Organiser: The Austrian OSCE Chairmanship, with support of the OSCE Transnational Threats Department and the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Topic: violent extremism
Language: English
Description: The workshop for the Western Balkan region will bring together a group of 12 young men and women who are involved in preventing violent extremism or are active in relevant areas, such as intolerance, xenophobia, hate speech, hate crimes, marginalization, disenfranchisement, gangs, or hooliganism, to share their experience and collectively formulate recommendations for policy makers.
Venue: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Website

24/04/2017-27/04/2017
Human Rights Advocacy Training for Civil Society Representatives in Ukraine
Organiser: OSCE/ODIHR
Topic: human rights advocacy
Language: English, simultaneous translation from and to English-Ukrainian and Russian-Ukrainian will be available.
Deadline: 05/04/2017
Description: The objective of the training sessions is to reinforce individuals’ as well as organizations’ capacity in human rights advocacy based on human rights monitoring.
Venue: Odessa, Ukraine
Website

24/04/2017-28/04/2017
Study Session – United youth against violent extremism in Europe
Organiser: HREYN – Human Rights Education Youth Network, UNITED for Intercultural Action, EYP – European Youth Press and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe.
Topic: violent extremism, youth
Language: English
Deadline: 15/02/2017
Description: The aim of this project is to provide to youth trainers’, youth activists’ and young people at risk of social exclusion skills to act against violent extremism and hate speech, fostering young people’s active participation, promote social cohesion and increase a sense of European citizenship.
Venue: European Youth Centre Budapest, 1024 Budapest, Zivatar utca 1-3, Hungary
Website

May

May-July 2017
Toll for Europe
Topic: refugees
Description: Exhibition of installation ‘Toll for Europe’, a project dedicated to the 22000 deceased refugees.
Language: English and Dutch
Venue: Noor Agter, Galerie de Pronkkoamer, Saaxumhuizerweg 2 , 9957 NH, Netherlands
Website

20/05/2017
No one is illegal!
Topic: refugees, Fortress Europe
Language: Italian
Description: demonstration against the policies of Fortress Europe, with the participation of more than 650 organizations and the “No one is illegal” network
Venue: Milan, Italy
Website

12/05/2017 – 14/05/2017
XXXII. 2017 Black International Cinema Berlin
Organiser: Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre
Topic: African Diaspora
Description: The 32nd edition of the Black International Cinema Berlin 2017 presents films from Africa, the African Diaspora and contributions with intercultural and international issues are presented. The majority of the films are independent productions which in Germany may only be screened at the Black International Cinema Berlin. The films, including short and long narratives, documentaries and experimental films arriving this year from Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Italy, USA, Germany, Brazil, France, Slovenia, Austria, Pakistan, Madagascar, Belgium, Portugal und Colombia.
Venue: Greifswalder Str. 4, 10405 Berlin, Germany
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June

12/06/2017 – 14/06/2017
Symposium “Youth policy responses to the contemporary challenges faced by young people”
Organiser: EU – CoE youth partnership
Topic: youth, youth policy, challenges
Language: English
Desrciption: This Symposium is the key event in the EU – CoE youth partnership’s work in 2017. The Symposium will gather up to 120 participants and it will increase their knowledge on youth policy realities, challenges and its principles of governance. It will also support them to further develop their policy practice. It is organised in the framework of the Czech Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
Venue: Prague, Czech Republic
Website

19/06/2017 – 25/06/2017
Refugee Week – Our Shared Future
Organiser: Counterpoints Arts, Migrants’ Rights Network
Topic: Refugee, art, culture, awareness raising
Language: English
Description: Refugee Week is UK’s largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees hundreds of organisations and groups nationwide will be opening their doors to tens of thousands of people for arts, cultural and awareness-raising events in solidarity with displaced people.
Venue: London, United Kingdom
Website

12/06/2017 – 13/06/2017
Global Conference on Children on the Move
Organiser: Destination Unknown
Topic: children, migration, refugees
Language: English
Description: The conference provided a space for diverse stakeholders – including representatives from governments, civil society, multilateral institutions and the private sector – to discuss and advocate for a strong global strategy on protecting the rights of child refugees and migrants and other children affected by migration.
Venue: Tagungswerk, Lindenstr. 85. 10969 Berlin, Germany
Website

July

02/07/2017 – 09/07/2017
NoHateMakers: Taking actions against Hate Speech trough Counter and Alternatives Narratives in Euro-Med training for trainers
Organiser: North-South Centre of the Council of Europe (NSC) in cooperation with l’Observatoire National de la Jeunesse (ONJ)
Topic: No hate, training, youth
Language: English
Description: The training took place in Hammamet, Tunisia, within the frame of the 5th edition of the Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship (MedUni). The MedUni is the youngest sister of the Network of Universities on Youth and Global Citizenship. Hate speech is one of the most frequent and most used techniques for discrimination of a certain group or individual, both online and offline and the most damaging examples of hate speech are often grounded in simple stories, which are repeated over and over again in different forms.
Venue: Hammamet, Tunisia
Website

03/07/2017 – 14/07/2017
Summer School on EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy
Organiser: Odysseus Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe
Topic: Asylum law, EU, immigration
Language: English, French
Description: The Summer School has been carefully designed and developed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the immigration and asylum policy of the EU from a legal perspective.
Venue: Brussels, Belgium
Website

04/07/2017
Strengthening resilience of local communities to the presence of migrants
Organiser: Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities
Topic: migration, local communities, cooperation
Language: English
Description: Expert meeting – As part of its mandate to support the OSCE participating States in enhancing the effectiveness of migration policies, the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities has identified as one of its priorities to support effective engagement of local authorities in addressing migration management, integration and related concerns by facilitating global-local co-operation.
Venue: Vienna, Austria
Website

August

02/08/2017
Roma Holocaust Memorial Day
Organiser: European Roma Rights Centre
Topic: Roma rights, Holocaust
Description: Together with hundreds of Roma and non-Roma from all over Europe, the ERRC attended the Roma Holocaust Memorial in Auschwitz to commemorate the victims of one of the darkest moments in our history. #2August #RomaHolocaustMemorialDay #NaBister #WeDoNotForget
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27/08/2017 – 03/09/2017
Summer School on Young refugees as actors for social inclusion and intercultural dialogue
Organiser: Council of Europe, Global Platform for Syrian Students
Topic: youth, refugees
Description: The Summer School follows on the experience and proposals of the 2016 seminar to develop the capacities of young refugees as actors and agents of change in their communities. It is based on the principles of empowerment and participation of young refugees and it aims at reinforcing resilience and leadership skills.
Venue: Braga, Portugal
Website

30/08/2017-01/09/2017
Summer University on European Citizenship
Organiser: ECIT (European Citizens’ rights, Involvement and Trust)
Topic: European citizenship, future
Language: English
Description: ECIT organised its second edition of the Summer University on European Citizenship. This three-day event brought together people from all over Europe and from different backgrounds to debate EU citizenship from all angles: its gaps, challenges and future.
Venue: Maison des Associations Internationales, 40 Rue Washington, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Website

September

11/09/2017 – 15/09/2017
Second Study Session – United Youth Against Violent Extremism in Europe
Organiser: HREYN – Human Rights Education Youth Network, UNITED for Intercultural Action, EYP – European Youth Press and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe.
Topic: violent extremism, youth
Language: English
Description: The aim of this project is to provide to youth trainers’, youth activists’ and young people at risk of social exclusion skills to act against violent extremism and hate speech, fostering young people’s active participation, promote social cohesion and increase a sense of European citizenship.
Venue: European Youth Centre Budapest, 1024 Budapest, Zivatar utca 1-3, Hungary
Website

18/09/2017 – 20/09/2017
Citizenship Education Workshop
Organiser: EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, Foundation of Subjective Values
Topic: citizenship education
Language: English
Description: The workshop’s aim is to strengthen the CSF Citizenship Education Working Group and broaden its networking opportunities (among member and non-member organizations). Participants can learn about the experience of Hungarian organizations operating in the field of citizenship education as well as share experience and plan further activities of the Working group in order to enhance its activities in the future.
Venue: European Youth Centre Budapest, 1024 Budapest, Zivatar utca 1-3, Hungary
Website

25/09/2017 – 29/09/2017
1st Vilnius Young Leaders Meeting 
Organiser: Eastern Europe Studies Centre
Topic: media, fake news
Description: The VYLM aims to foster expertise and cooperation among a new generation of Estonian, Belarusian, Georgian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Moldovan, Russian, and Ukrainian professionals by the exchange of best practices on how to counter misleading information and fake news.
Venue: Vilnius, Lithuania
Website

October

05/10/2017 – 19/10/2017
Football People weeks
Organiser: FARE Network
Topic: social inclusion, ethnic minorities, refugees
Description: The campaign aims to get 100,000 people to take part from grassroots groups, football clubs and associations, NGOs, ethnic minority organisations, LGBTIQ fan groups, and more, and to be part of a social movement focused on tackling discrimination or promoting social inclusion in and through football. Support of up to €500 is available for grassroots activities that promote social inclusion and celebrate diversity, further the empowerment of women and ethnic minorities through football, and help refugee inclusion.
Venue: all over Europe
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16/10/2017 – 20/10/2017
Training Course on Counter and Alternative Narratives to Hate Speech
Organiser: European Wergeland Centre, Youth Department of the Council of Europe
Topic: hate speech, youth, we can!
Language: English
Deadline: 23/08/2017
Description: The ‘Training course on Counter and Alternative Narratives to hate Speech’ develops the competences of youth workers, youth leaders and educators to use the manual We CAN!  with young people.
Venue: Utoya island, Norway
Website

25/10/2017 – 29/10/2017
School against hate speech- ‘Media Literacy and Critical Thinking’
Organiser: OSCE Mission to Skopje, Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID)
Topic: hate speech, hate crime, young people
Language: English
Description: Some twenty participants, aged between 20 to 28, will get acquainted with theories and concepts in the field of freedom of speech, non-discrimination, hate speech and hate crime. The School aims to empower young people by developing their skills to combat hate speech based on a human rights approach. Through the curriculum, the school will raise awareness about hate speech and its harmful impact on society, develop skills in critical thinking and look at media influence on youth.
Venue: Berovo, Macedonia
Website

November

10/11/2017-11/11/2017
A Soul for Europe Conference 2017
Organiser: A Soul for Europe, Cities for Europe
Topic: cities and citizens
Language: English
Description: The main idea of the event is that citizens living in the cities and regions across the continent are the real owners of Europe and that their responsibility must be strengthened. After an introductory panel various topics will be discussed in parallel workshops which fall into one of three thematic tracks Cities and Urban Change, Europe From the Bottom-Up and Arts & Politics – A Good Match? On the EUROPEAN MARKETPLACE selected civil society projects will show how active municipalities and individual citizens perceive their responsibility for Europe.
Venue: Radialsystem V, Holzmarktstraße 33, 10243 Berlin, Germany
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2016

January

16/01/16
État des libertés et des droits humains en Tunisie
Organised by Féd. des Tunisiens pour une Citoyenneté des Deux Rives
Topic: human rights
Language: French
Description: A briefing on the state of freedoms and human rights in Tunisia. With the participation of Ayachi Hammami, a lawyer and member of the Steering Committee of the Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights.
Venue: 23 rue du Maroc, 18H30, Paris, France
Phone: 33-1-40341815

27/01/16
International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Linz
Organised by Austrian Friends of Yad Vashem
Topics: fascism, antisemitism
Austrian Friends of Yad Vashem are marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day with an event in Linz, with a full programme of guest speakers and live music by Klezmer Ensemble KleLi.
Time: 19.30
Venue: Press Centre of the Old Town Hall
Hauptplatz 1, AT-4020, Linz, Austria
Website

27/01/16
Transforming the UK’s Immigration and Asylum System: The Next Steps
Language: English
Topics: Migration, asylum, refugees
Immigration makes a significant contribution to the UK both economically and culturally. For many immigrants the UK is an attractive destination with net migration in the year to March 2015 at 330,000. Though in recent years the Government has sought to overhaul immigration policy so as to clamp down on illegal immigration and make the system fairer for migrants who wish to contribute to our society and economy.
Additionally, councils also have an excellent track record in supporting refugees. According to the Home Office, 25,771 people applied for asylum in the year ending June 2015 and around 2,000 unaccompanied children apply for asylum in the UK each year.
Crucially, this summer, the Prime Minister announced that Britain should resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees. To facilitate this work, the criteria for the existing Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) scheme will be expanded, with the full cost to be met through aid spending for the first year.
With immigration and asylum now one of the most pressing issues facing Britain, this timely symposium provides an opportunity for policy makers, local authorities, legal professionals, third sector practitioners and other key stakeholders to understand the current immigration and asylum landscape in the UK.
London, United Kingdom
Organised by Public Policy Exchange
Website

February

06/02/16
UAF Conference : Unite Against Fascism and Racism
Organised by Unite Against Fascism
Language: English
Topics: Antifascism, migrant and refugee rights
Across Europe racist and fascist parties, such as the Front National in France, are seizing on the refugee crisis as well as the climate of Islamophobia in mainstream politics. UAF has been at the forefront of driving back fascism for over a decade, organising the broadest and most effective campaigns to defeat them.
The UAF conference this year will incorporate workshops on the “Refugees Welcome Here” campaign that Stand Up to Racism has been co-ordinating. As well as sessions on how we combat Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and resisting the resurgence of the far-right. Solidarity and unity against racism and fascism is more important than ever. Join the UAF National conference to make a stand against racism and fascism.
Time: 10am to 4:30pm
Venue: NUT HQ
Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD, United Kingdom
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06/02/16
No One is Illegal/ Aurora <3 Migszol
Organised by Migszol Csoport
Topics: migration, refugees
After a summer that witnessed huge changes in the demographic distribution of refugees and asylum seekers all over Europe, constant changes of the refugee laws, most of us were/are busy following the news and trying to help people in their journey to reach their final destination. There are some asylum seekers, refugees who are left in Hungary mainly in the camps and they are waiting for their papers to be processed as Hungary became their final destination. Migszol is happy to invite you to a social event with refugees from Bicske camp, so you can meet and hang out with them, talk to them and give them some tips and guidance about the city.
Venue: Aurora
Auróra u. 11, H-1084, Budapest, Hungary
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16/02/16
The refugee crisis: an insider’s view for outsiders
Organised by European Policy Centre
Topic: refugees
Language: English
Under the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which started in July 2015, one of the biggest refugee crises the EU has experienced since World War II erupted and almost overnight became the top priority for EU leaders. With the sense of urgency increasing every day, it was the daily mission of the Presidency to find common solutions and reach agreements on contentious issues. One of the key players in this effort was Luxembourg Minister for Foreign and& European Affairs and Minister for Immigration and Asylum, Jean Asselborn. At this Sixty-minute Briefing, Mr Asselborn gave his own views on the crisis and how the EU and member states have tried to address the situation, from a unique, insider’s perspective.
Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Venue: Residence Palace
Bruxelles, Belgium
Phone: 32-2-2310340

23/02/16-26/03/16
United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
Topics: Sustainability, development, migration
On behalf of the organizing and scientific working committee, the United Nations Department for Sustainable Development invites you to a Four-day summit of Economists, Educationists, Administrators, Manufacturers, Researchers, Activist & Non-Governmental Organizations, Religious Leaders, Community Organizations, individuals from the Public and Private Sector from 23rd – 26th February, 2016 in London (UK) to establish an inclusive and transparent intergovernmental process on SDGs that is open to all stakeholders with a view to developing global sustainable development goals. Aimed at reconciling the economic and environmental goals of the global community, and initiate a needed dialogue on the transformation of the international financial architecture, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities.
Venue: International Exhibition & Convention Centre (IECC)
London, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(0)750-97-5769

26/02/16-27/02/16
Odysseus Network’s First Annual Conference: “Searching for Solidarity in EU Asylum and Border Policies”
Deadline: 18 February
Topics: Migration, refugees
Different types of solidarity will be analysed in the context of the EU response to the refugee crisis.
Venue: Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Salle Dupreel
44 Avenue Jeanne, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Website

26/02/16-28/02/16
International Conference of Refugees and Migrants
Languages: English, German, French
Topics: Migration, asylum, refugees
This self-organized conference aims at empowering existing and developing new networks of refugees as well as creating the possibility to analyze the current situation in Germany and Europe. For three days, refugees, migrants, supporters and activists with different backgrounds will discuss, network and share their knowledge. Issues that will be addressed at the conference include:
– The new restrictive laws against refugees
– The situation and struggles at the EU-borders
– Deportations
– The increasing racist attacks
– The situation, demands and struggles of women refugees and migrants
– Refugee self-organization
– Positive achievements of the Refugee Struggle so far
– Living conditions in the refugee camps
– The attempts of authorities to divide refugees into ðgoodÐ and ðbadÐ
– Racism against Muslims and Roma/Sinti
The conference will also address the central reasons why people flee: displacement, expropriation, destruction of the environment, colonialism and war.
Join the most important voices in the struggle of refugees and migrants at the conference in order to develop concrete suggestions to improve the situation. Everybody is welcomed to be active: refugees, migrants, activists and interested people from Hamburg, and other german and european cities and regions.
Hamburg, Germany
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March

08/03/16
Refugees Crises Yesterday and Today: the Role of Righteous and the History of the Pentcho Boat
Organised by Anglo-American University of Prague, the Italian Institute of Culture, the Italian Embassy in Czech Republic
Topics: Refugees, human rights
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The 4th edition of the European Day of Righteous will focus on the differences and similarities between WW2 refugees crises when thousands of Jews had to leave their home and it focuses also on today refugees crises. Jaro Ríkák will present the history of the Pentcho boat by which hundreds of Jews tried to reach Palestine through Danube and Black Sea. Jaroslav Soňka will offer an overview on the situation of the EU and the Germany approach while Alejandro Gutiérrez, Hadi A. Khatib and Šárka Antošová will focus on the Syrian drama, the reasons to leave, the courage of those who spoke up.
Venue: Anglo-American University
Letenská 5, 118 00 Prague, Czech Republic
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12/03/2016-21/03/2016
European Action Week Against Racism: Strength in Diversity – annual
Organised by UNITED for Intercultural Action
Topics: racism, discrimination
21 March is the International Day for the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination, established by The General Assembly of the United Nations in 1966 following the brutal murder of 69 protestors in the South African township of Sharpeville in 1960. The massacre occurred while they had gathered to protest against the apartheid laws of the South African government, a regime systematically enforcing racial inequality and segregation. Today racist murders and violence are still commonplace and racial discrimination continues to creep into every corner of our societies.
Join Forces With the European Antiracism Movement
Every year around 21 March, the UNITED Network coordinates the European-wide Action Week Against Racism and calls upon the international community to erase racism, discrimination and intolerance. We urge NGOs, independent and informal groups, schools, local councils and all manner of organisations and individuals to join forces and confront racism with direct action. Whether by organising activities, supporting others or spreading the message, we can tackle racism. Prejudice lives in all of us and so we all have a part to play in erasing it from our environment.
Website
Phone: 31-20-6834778

17/03/16
The relevance of migration for the NEW URBAN AGENDA
Organised by Joint Migration & Development Initiative, International Organization for Migration, UNITAR, KNOMAD, World Bank
Topic: migration
Language: English
This side-event aims to contribute to an inclusive, successful and pertinent New Urban Agenda – which will result from the Habitat III process – that further consolidates the vital role of migration in the sustainable development of cities and will produce a Recommendations Paper on how to integrate human mobility into the New Urban Agenda based on the Quito Local Agenda and the contributions and insights of organizers and participants.
This will be achieved by demonstrating the coherence around the policy and practical evidence outlined in the Habitat III issue paper on Migration and Refugees in Urban Areas, the Habitat III policy paper frameworks and the evidence for policy from the IOM World Migration Report on cities, as well as the more detailed and practical policy discussion outcomes from the Mayoral Forum on Mobility, Migration and Development and the recommendations from the IOM High-Level Conference on Migrants and Cities, to the Habitat III preparations.
Time: 9:00 – 10:30
Venue: Meeting Hall V
5. kvetna 65, CZ – 140 21, Prague, Czech Republic
Phone: 32-2-2350550

22/03/16
Women in International Affairs
Organised by Global Diplomatic Forum
Topic: women’s rights
Language: English
The Global Diplomatic Forum is organising a round table on the Role of Women in international Affairs on the 22nd of March in London. The Forum hosts an experts’ consultation on the representation and the role of women in international affairs.
Time: 10:00 – 13:00
Venue: 6 Mitre Passage
Peninsula Square, GB-SE100ER, London, Great-Britain
Website

23/03/16
Ethnic Minority 3rd Sector Network Hustings
Organised by Black and Ethnic Minorities Infrastructure in Scotland, Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations, Central Scotland Regional Equality Council (CESREC), African Challenge Scotland (ACS)
Topic: minority
Language: English
Deadline:23.03.2016
This is an opportunity to query and discuss the manifesto commitments of Scotland’s political parties and for them to engage communities in discussion around key policy areas and priorities for the forthcoming Parliamentary Period.
Time: 18.00–20.00
Venue: Mayfield Centre Meeting Rooms
Sunnybank Road, GB-FK70BD, Stirling, Great-Britain
Phone: 44-141-5488047

24/03/16
Ethnic Minority 3rd Sector Network Hustings – Glasgow
Organised by Black and Ethnic Minorities Infrastructure in Scotland, Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations, Central Scotland Regional Equality Council (CESREC), African Challenge Scotland (ACS)
Topic: minority
Language: English
Deadline:24.03.2016
This is an opportunity to query and discuss the manifesto commitments of Scotland’s political parties and for them to engage communities in discussion around key policy areas and priorities for the forthcoming Parliamentary Period.
Time: 18.00-20:30
Venue: Saracen House
139 Saracen Street, GB-G22 5AZ, Glasgow, Great-Britain
Phone: 44-141-5488047

24/03/16
GRAMNet Refugee Campaigns Day
Organised by Glasgow Refugee Asylum & Migration Network
Topic: Refugees, migration
Language: English
Participation fee: free
The GRAMNet Refugee Campaigns Day will bring together students and organisations working with refugee issues. The Campaigns Day will give the opportunity to learn about the issues surrounding refugees, develop campaigning skills, and meet and share ideas with students and organisations from all over Scotland.
Time: 10:30 – 16:00
Venue: Queen Margaret Union
22 University Gardens, GB- G12 8QN, Glasgow, Great-Britain
Phone: 44-141-3301989

April

01/04/16-02/04/16
Migration, immigration: What questions and what answers?
Organised by Joseph Károlyi Foundation, French Institute of Budapest, Robert Schuman Foundation
Topic: migration
Language: French, German, Hungarian
The conference will address the topic of migration in the demographic, sociological, juridical, mediatic and of public policy perspectives. Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, CNRS resercher director of SciencePo and specialist in international migrations, will speak on “Migrants rights? Duty of Europe?”
Venue: Károlyi Kastély
Petőfi Sándor u. 2 , H-8052, Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary
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04/04/16
Reception and integration of refugees: cities on the frontline
Organised by European Policy Centre
In the past year, hundreds of thousands of refugees have entered Europe; many of them have been received and were later housed in cities. But despite cities’ frontline role in receiving and integrating migrants, the public discourse does not always acknowledge this. This EPC Policy Dialogue addressed the role of cities in the implementation of integration policies and how they go about delivering public services such as housing, education, health and social services to the new arrivals. The discussion benefitted from the presentation of EUROCITIES’ recent report ‘Social Affairs Refugee Reception and Integration in Cities’, which highlights the emerging trends and best practices regarding the ways in which cites are responding to Europe’s refugee situation.
Topic:Refugees, migration
Language: English
Time: 16:00 – 18:00
Venue: Résidence Palace
Rue de la Loi 155, B-1040 , Brussels, Belgium
Phone: 32-2-2310340

04/04/16-07/04/16
EU Youth Conference ‘Ready for life, ready for society’
Organised by Dutch Youth Council and Council of the European Union
Topics: Youth participation, democracy human rights
Language: English
‘Enabling all young people to engage in a diverse, connected and inclusive Europe’ is the theme of the EU Youth Conference that will be held in Amsterdam from 4 to 7 April 2016. Young people and policymakers from all EU member states will meet to discuss how young people’s needs can be supported to enable the optimum development of their talents in our digital and multicultural society. There will be a particular focus on young people who face more challenges than their peers, for instance because they have mental health problems or a migrant background.
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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06/04/16-11/04/16
House Divided Against Itself? Identities and Cultures in Violent Conflict
Organised by Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities
Topics: human rights, nationalism
Language: English
Europe and many parts of the world are experiencing tension, fear and unrest caused by the surfacing and eruption of new and old threats: financial uncertainty and crisis, religious and ethnic intolerance, waves of legal and illegal immigration, and minorities that claim autonomy and political recognition. This unrest has increasingly given rise to hatred, violence and attacks against those perceived as “others”. We believe that such attacks stem largely from feeling that one’s own identity and cultural safety are threatened.
This conference explores the sources for such feelings and what contributes to their violent expression in action. The approach is based on the application of Group Relations methodology, which aims to explore and understand social processes through the experience of conference participants, assisted by an experienced international staff. It is a continuation of PCCA’s work with Germans and Israelis, as well as with Palestinians and Others.
Venue: Kliczków Castle
PL-59-724, Kliczków, Poland
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08/04/16-09/04/16
Training Seminar on the “EU Charter of Fundamental Rights”
Organised by European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation
Topics: Asylum, migration, Economic and Social Rights
Language: English
Deadline: 28.03.2016
Participation fee: 450 EUR
The object of this training course is to explore the scope and usefulness of the Charter for the legal practitioners facing the national courts or the Court of Justice of the EU, mostly by means of preliminary reference. Beyond illustrating the key features of the Court and essential aspects of its functioning, the training seminar will be dedicated to the analysis of relevant case law in parallel working groups with a view to allow discussion and exchange on specific concrete questions, among which: Privacy and Data Protection, Asylum and Immigration, Economic and Social Rights,Internal Market.
Venue: Monastery of San Nicolo’
Riviera San Nicolò, 26, I-30126 , Venice, Italy
Phone: 39-041-2720911

08/04/16
Reshaping the Border and Excluding the Other
Organised by Glasgow Refugee Asylum & Migration Network
Topic: migration
Language: English
The management of African asylum seekers in Israel Sharon Weinblum, FNRS Postdoctoral Fellow, Université libre de Bruxelles Between 2005 and 2013, more than 50 000 migrants from Sudan and Eritrea crossed the Egyptian border to seek refuge in Israel. Originally perceived as survivors of genocide entitled to protection, African migrants soon entered the language of insecurity and criminality in political and legal arenas. The crossing of the Egyptian-Israeli border by these migrants became an object of concern, and exclusionary policies have been deployed since. In the paper she will present, Sharon Weinblum explores how political actors broadly understood have justified and contested these policies. In particular, it investigates the construction of three main policy instruments implemented by the Israel government: detention, deportation and securitisation of the border. The paper argues that these instruments have been constructed as tools of ordering, control and sovereignty, a construction which has been central in their imposition and legitimisation. The paper suggests that in such conditions, those opposing the exclusionary asylum policies have struggled to articulate an effective alternative discourse.
Time: 12.00
Venue: Room 355, Main Building
11 The Square, GB-G12 8QQ, Glasgow, Great-Britain
Phone: 44-141-3301989

10/04/16-15/04/16
Overcoming Antisemitism and Overcoming Islamophobia.
Organised by CEJI, ARES
Topic: antisemitism, islamophobia
Language: French
Deadline: 07/03/2016
After the attacks in France and Belgium in 2015, CEJI, in partnership with ARES, offers training to fight against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the context of misunderstandings leading to fillings and serious abuses that we have now. An educational and constructive response is essential and urgent in order to promote respect, tolerance and mutual deconstruction of stereotypes. The objective of this training is to provide teachers and educators of all backgrounds an introduction to the cultures Jewish and Muslim religions and especially to provide concrete tools to recognize and fight against contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism and the Islamophobia.
F – 93100, Montreuil, France
Phone: 32-2-3443444

11/04/16
Music Across Borders
Organised by Centre for Contemporary Arts
Topic: migration
Language: English
Participation fee: 10 GBP
The evening starts with a documentary on Katrina Suwalski’s ‘Another World Band’ Ghana Tour 2015 capturing her collaboration with some of Ghana’s finest musical ambassadors Nii Ayi Solomon, Odomankoma Okyerema Pra and Tina Elivava Mensah. It treats music as a language within the context of migration and multilingual cultures across the borders the body, language and the state.
Following the documentary (40mins), Katrina and Another World play a live set demonstrating the historical and cultural links between Ghana and Denmark and the connections established between Danish Musicians and their Ghanaian counterparts, how they have used their music to cross multiple barriers and enriched themselves, others and the many countries around the world. They will be joined by Hesu (Spirit of Music).
Time: 17:00 – 19:00
Venue: Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3DJ, Glasgow, Great-Britain
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12/04/16-13/04/2016
Music Across Borders
Organised by Centre for Contemporary Arts
Topic: migrations
Language: English
Participation fee: 5 – 10 GBP
Music Across Borders is a new documentary film created and directed by Gameli Tordzro on how music crosses various borders. It responds today’s migration debates and explores musicians’ view on how their music encounters negotiates some of these borders and impacts on people across the world. The film and its screening is a part of Gameli’s research in Creative Arts and Translating Cultures on the RM Borders Project in the University of Glasgow. The film is about Danish Jazz musician and composer Katrine Suwalski with her band Another World, their musical journey to Ghana in 2015 and their collaboration with Ghanaian musicians Tina Mensah aka Elivava and Odomankoma Okyerema Pra. The film explores the musicality of language and treats music as language.
The screening programme includes a chat with the director Gameli Tordzro and Composer Katrine Suwalski, and a jazz concert by Katrine’s Another World Band in collaboration with Gameli and Hesu (Spirit of Music) and Ninian Perry and his Paragon Music.
Time: 18:30
Venue: The Glad Café
1006 Pollokshaws Road, G41 2HG, Glasgow, Great-Britain
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12/04/16
Assemblée générale extraordinaire
Organised by Stopexclusion
Topic: migration, asylum
Language: French
Time: 18:30
Venue: Salle Forum
14 rue du Village-Suisse, , Genève, Switzerland
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13/04/16-15/04/2016
Social Intentions
Organised by GRAMNet
Topic: social engagement
Language: English
Social Intentions is a symposium on the use of social engagement within art institutions, bringing together institutions to share different practices. The aim is to look at the benefits as well as the pitfalls of the use of social engagement when related to art institutions. The symposium will include workshops and brainstorming sessions as well panel discussions, talks and presentations.
350 Sauchiehall Street, GB – G2 3JD, Glasgow, Great-Britain
Phone: 44-141-3301989

20/04/16
Rethinking detention in Europe. What are the alternatives?
Organised by European Policy Centre, Maastricht University, International Detention Coalition
Topics: refugees, migration
Language: English
The current refugee crisis and the necessity to manage and reduce the flows into the EU has generated a range of EU policy, legislative and operational responses. The implementation of new approaches in an emergency context, like the establishment of “hotspots” and the EU-Turkey agreement, have both raised concerns about the use of detention as a means of registering, relocating or returning people. The EU-Turkey agreement has sparked significant protests from human rights organisations, including the UNHCR and NGOs, for turning reception facilities into detention centres in Greece. In the light of this, it is vital to recall EU and member states’ commitments to use less coercive immigration practices before detention is applied both for asylum seekers and migrants.
At this policy dialogue, speakers will discuss the alternatives to detention in the EU, particularly in the framework of the current asylum and migration legal framework.
Time: 12:30 – 14:45
Venue: Maastricht University Brussels Campus
Avenue de l’Armeé,10, B- 1040 , Brussels, Belgium
Phone: 32-2-2310340

22/04/16
Citizens First! – how to revive democratic participation for a citizens-led Europe
Organised by European Policy Centre
Topic: human rights
Language: English
Participation fee: free (members only)
Time: 10:30 – 12:30
Venue: EPC Offices
14-16 Rue du Trône/Troonstraat, B-1000, Brussels, Belgium
Phone: 32-2-2310340

22/04/16-27/04/16
Moving Stories: Narratives of Migration Crossing Europe
Organised by UNITED for Intercultural Action
Topics: migration, asylum, media
Language: English
Together with partner organisations all over Europe, UNITED for Intercultural Action is organising an international conference to bring together around 70 network activists from all over Europe to discuss the issues around narrative of migration in Europe, share their best practices and learn about new tools to deconstruct narratives and promote their own, positive visions of an inclusive and open society.
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23/04/16
Glasgow Human Rights and Anti-Racism Hustings
Organised by Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (SACC)
Topic: Human rights
Language: English
Ask anything (related to the election) that you want, but questions coonected to SACC’s human rights, civil liberties and anti-racism programme for the next Scottish parliament would be especially welcome.
Confirmed speakers: Pauline McNeill (Labour), Robert Brown (Lib Dems), Pinar Aksu (RISE), Patrick Harvie (Greens), Lynn Sheridan (Solidarity), John Mason (SNP).
Time: 17:30 – 19:30
Venue: Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC)
333, Woodlands Road, GB – G3 6NG, Glasgow, Great-Britain
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24/04/16
Sharing Stories of Diaspora
Organised by GRAMNet
Topic: migrations
Language: English
All are welcome to share and listen to stories of diaspora, migration, place and space by bringing along and/or sharing the story of your item.
Venue: Garnethill Multicultural Centre
21 Rose Street, Glasgow, Great-Britain
Phone: 44-141-3301989

24/04/16-30/04/16
Study Session: what’s next in advocacy and activism for human rights in the international voluntary service movement?
Organised by Coordinating Committe for International Volunteer Service
The Raising Peace campaign has become a strategic long-term campaign for the CCIVS and its members, developing knowledge, capacities and activism in the field of Human Rights and Peace. The Raising Peace Campaign is a plural campaign that gathers dozens of organisations, over a hundred professionals and activists, and involves hundreds of people every year, in activities which involve training, awareness-raising, communication, advocacy and volunteering.
The main idea for this Study Session is that participants and the movement will get prepared and empowered for new steps of the Campaign, which increase the impact of the movement in the field of Human Rights and Peace.
This activity will bring the possibility to volunteers, staff and activists who participated during the 2014 and 2015 Raising Peace Campaign editions to meet, learn from their experiences, and develop their knowledge in order to be ready to walk beyond the present achievements. The horizon is to advance in the guarantee of human rights in Europe and the rest of the world, consolidating the International Voluntary Service movement as a relevant actor for this goal.
Venue: European Youth Centre
Strasbourg, France
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24/04/16-26/04/16
The Rights of Uyghur Refugees: Past & Present Challenges
Organised by UNPO
Topics: minorities, refugees, migration
The conference focuses on the plight of Uyghurs who fled and are continuing to flee China. The event brings together a great number of academics, experts, activists and members of civil society to discuss the issue and its underlying causes.
Berlin, Germany

26/04/16
Inter-religious dialogue to defeat radicalisation
Organised by European Parliament
Topic: muslims
Languages: English, French
How European Muslims deal with radicalisation and the role that women can play in countering it and promoting de-radicalisation were discussed in a conference held in the European Parliament on Tuesday. Projects on the ground and what to do to confront the phenomenon at national and EU levels were also debated with leading-edge experts.
Venue: European Parliament
Bruxelles, Belgium
Phone: 32-2-2842005

30/04/16
Prevent: Racist and Islamophobic
Organised by Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (SACC)
Topics: racism, islamophobia
Language: English
The ‘Prevent’ duty aims to identify those individuals likely to cause a threat to the state but it in fact spies on us all and attempts to eliminate dissent of any kind.
As it overwhelmingly targets and criminalises the Muslim community we discuss how toxic it will be as it spreads through our public sector, colleges and schools; creating mis-trust between employers & employees, educators & students.
Join the discussion to find out what you can do to oppose ‘Prevent’ and the erosion of our civil liberties.
Venue: Augustine United Church
41-42 George IV Bridge, GB – EH1 1EL , Edinburgh , Great-Britain
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May

03/05/16
Fight against Antisemitism
Organised by CEJI
Topic: antisemitism
Language:
The aim of this meeting is to assist Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks in identifying areas of work and activities in the field of the fight against antisemitism on which he could concentrate in the near future. The three sessions focuses on 1) the added value of the Commissioner’s work in addressing antisemitism 2) antisemitism in country monitoring work of the Commissioner and 3) antisemitism in thematic work and awareness-raising activities of the Commissioner. CEJI director Robin Sclafani take part in this meeting to inform the Commissioner’s approach to antisemitism.
Strasbourg, France
Phone: 32-2-3443444

06/05/16-31/05/2016
Palestinian Embroidery: Empowering Women and Strengthening Communities
Organised by Glasgow Women’s Library
Topic: women’s right
This exhibition will celebrate outcomes from the Palestinian Embroidery workshops hosted by textile designer Claire Anderson that take place through Spring. Alongside these new works we present documentation of her residency with the
23 Landressy Street, GB- G40 1BP, Glasgow , Great-Britain
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11/05/16
From Africa to Italy by Boat: Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration ‘Crisis’ in Italy
Organised by GRAMNet
Topic: migrations
Language: English
In 2015, over 150,000 women and men from West and East Africa risked their lives in rickety and dangerous boats to reach the southern shores of Italy from Libya. A further almost 3,000 people are known to have drowned in the Mediterranean in the attempt, almost certainly a significant undercount of the ‘true’ number of deaths. In noticeable contrast to the spontaneous and multiple boat arrivals on the Greek islands, boats arriving into Italian waters are shepherded into shore by Italian coastguard boats, with their occupants transported to and hosted in a variety of reception and detention centres throughout Italy, often far from public view. As much of the UK press and general public focused on the ‘deserving’ Syrian refugees arriving in Greece, the often young women and men fleeing war, civil strife, extreme poverty and family breakdown from African countries have usually been described as “economic migrants”, deserving of sympathy only on occasions of massive loss of life.
Drawing on early analysis of qualitative interviews conducted with young men shortly after their arrival in Italy in late 2015 for an ESRC/ DfID funded project, this paper attempts to recalibrate that focus through representing the voices of some of those who arrived last year, their reasons for leaving their homes, future aspirations and dreams. It describes and maps interviewees’ journeys, their trials and tribulations along the way including their interaction with the ‘connection men’ – often described as human traffickers – who facilitate the journeys. Finally, the paper analyses these very human stories within the context of the response of the Italian government within the broader European reaction to the ‘crisis’.
Time: 12:00
Venue: Yudowitz Lecture Theatre
University Avenue, G12 8QQ, Glasgow, Great-Britain
Phone: 44-141-3301989

11/05/16
GRAMNet/BEMIS Film Series 2015/16
Organised by GRAMNet, BEMIS
Topic:
Language: English
StripLife
‘Striplife is a choral film about the Gaza Strip. During the narrative timespan of a day, the characters’ stories merge with the description of the environmental context. Men and women resisting, capable of tenderness and smiles, determined not to succumb to seemingly impossible life conditions.
350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD, Glasgow, Great-Britain
Phone: 44-141-3301989

12/05/16-15/05/2016
The Time is Now: Utilising Cultural Diplomacy
to Unite the World’s Cultures Before Hard Power takes the Lead

Organised by Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
Topic: global governance
Language: English
The 2016 International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Germany will include keynote addresses, lectures, and interactive panel discussions and debates in order to create a platform for new initiatives to be created and proposed. To complement and support the symposium curriculum, exhibitions will be hosted parallel to the symposium sessions and site-visits will be arranged. By creating an effective platform for global dialogue and facilitating engagement with key global decision-makers, the symposium aims to foster greater global trust and understanding, and facilitate new creative and innovative ways to solve the issues which affect the peace and prosperity of the whole world today.
Venue: ICD House of Arts & Culture
Berlin, Germany
Phone: 49-30-23607680

13/05/16-15/05/16
XXXI. 2016 Black International Cinema Berlin
Organised by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre
Topics: migration, discrimination
The festival focuses on presenting works of an artistic, cultural or political nature coinciding with the general educational, social, artistic and economic interest of people from Africa, the African Diaspora and people with an interest in participating in intercultural communication and the resultant interfacing and sharing of educational, social, artistic and economic resources.
Furthermore, Black International Cinema Berlin is open to ALL filmmakers and contributes to better understanding and increasing cooperation between people from various cultural, ethnic, national and religious backgrounds, in order to reduce prejudices and support a peaceful and respectful living together in our multi-faceted society.
Venue: Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte Robert-Havemann-Saal
Greifswalder Straße 4 , D-10405, Berlin, Germany
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17/05/16-
Afghan Hazaras’ Responses to the Asylum Seeker Debate in the Australian Media
Organised by Gramnet
Topics: migration, refugees
Language: English
Participation fee: free
Description: This presentation is based on the preliminary findings of a research project into the intersection between dominant and marginalised Australian narratives on asylum. The background to this research project is the observation that the issue of asylum is highly politicised in Australia and dominated by the two major political parties and mainstream media while asylum seekers and refugees are often demonised and marginalised within the Australian asylum seeker debate. The debate has moved away from a focus on the protection needs of asylum seekers towards their perceived threats to Australian security and national identity. This research project is based on in-depth, semi-structured interviews with Cambodian refugees and Afghan Hazara asylum seekers in Adelaide, Australia. The two participant groups enable a comparison of the changing public and political response towards asylum seekers since the Cambodian boat arrivals of the late 1970s and 1980s were first placed into detention, to some of the present day policies aimed at stopping the boats, illustrated by the experiences of the Afghan Hazara asylum seekers who have been arriving in Australia since the late 1990s. The interviews examine the impact of the asylum seeker debate in Australia upon the individual refugees and asylum seekers, especially in regards to their own storytelling. This presentation provides some initial insights on the responses of Afghan Hazara asylum seekers to the asylum seeker debate in the Australian media.
Time: 16:00 – 17:00
Venue: Kelvin Room
11 The Square, GB – , Glasgow, Great-Britain
Phone: 44-141-3301989

17/05/16-
Multilingual Turns: New Perspectives on Cross-Cultural Communication
Organised by GCSC’s Research Area 5, DAAD-Netzwerk ‘Kulturelle Kontakt- und Konfliktzonen im östlichen Europa
Topic: multilingualism
This joint symposium, hosted by Research Area 5 in collaboration with the DAAD-Netzwerk ‘Kulturelle Kontakt- und Konfliktzonen im östlichen Europa’, explores cultural aspects of the concept of multilingualism. Multilingualism is an important concept for disciplines ranging from education and linguistics to history and social sciences. The aim of this symposium is to bring these various perspectives together in order to find common ground for developing multilingualism as travelling concept to be used in the study of culture.
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Venue: Justus-Liebig-University
Giessen, Germany

19/05/16-
The Damages of “Hate Speech” and Tools for Improved Responses in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania
Organised by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Budapest (FES), Center for European Neighborhood Studies (CENS), CEU Roma Access Programs at Central European University (CEU), Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (Blinken OSA Archives), Rafto Foundation for Human Rights, Polish Institute, Slovakian Institute
Topic: hate speech
Language: English
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Venue: Open Society Archives
Arany Janos u. 32, , Budapest, Hungary
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19/05/16
Public health and human rights: Current challenges and possible solution
Organised by European Inter-University Ctr. Human Rights & Democratisation
Topics: human rights, discrimination
Language: English
Deadline: 25.04.2016
Participation fee: 260 EUR
The seminar on public health and human rights will host some of the world’s most renowned experts on health related human rights. Their presentations will be organized in three panels. Presentations in each panel will be followed by an interactive discussion with other participants. The seminar will address three major conceptual areas: the first panel will focus on the interaction between public health and human rights from national, regional and international perspectives; the second panel will address the topic of global health security and the protection of human rights; and the third panel will discuss the theme of public health systems and prevention of human rights abuses.
Venue: Monastery of San Nicolò
Riviera San Nicolò, 26, I-30126, Venice Lido, Italy
Phone: 39-041-2720911

22/05/16-27/05/16
TC Building Partnerships for Equality & against Intolerance & Discrimination
Organised by Forum of European Muslim Youth & Student Organisations
Topic: islamophobia, human right, discrimination
Language: English
Deadline: 01/05/2016 (if VISA is required) – 06/05/2016
Participation fee: 75 EUR
They are organising a week long training session for young Europeans with the aim to combat discrimination and to build partnerships for equality. The training will focus on practical skills training such as grassroots organising, power mapping, communications strategies, social media outreach, community mobilising and online organizing.
The training session will provide young people from across Europe tools to develop their advocacy work, leadership and social activism skills. This is to enable participants to tackle Islamophobia by impulsing change within their societies.
Rue Archimède 50, B-1000, Brussels , Belgium
Phone: 32-2-2806921

23/05/16-27/05/16
Mainstreaming Migration into Policy Planning
Organised by International Training Centre of the ILO, International-Organization-for-Migration, UNDP, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Topic: migrations
Language: English, Spanish
Deadline: 30/04/2016
Participation fee: 2150 EUR
This course deals with the emergence and evolution of, and current trends in, migration and development (M&D) discourses, policies and practices. It explores the concept, process and implications of integrating migration in development planning and strategies at national and local level.
Venue: ITCILO campus
Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10, I-10127, Turin, Italy
Phone: 39-011-693-6111

24/05/16-26/05/2016
The Politics of Hate: Community, Societal and Global Responses
Organised by Hate and hostility research group (HHRG)
Topic: hate
Language: English
Since the INHS’ inaugural conference held at the University of Sussex in 2014, the relevance of hate studies has become even more pronounced, with the current refugee crisis; the rise of the far right in Europe; increasing discussions about racism in policing in the United States; and state sanctioned policies of homophobia and transphobia. The conference will address broad themes such as how is hate crime and hate experienced at the global and community level? What are the latest international policy developments? What is the influence of those developments on national efforts to understand and tackle hate crime?
Venue: Kemmy Business School
CS1-011, Limerick, Ireland

26/05/16
Exporting Repression: The Spread of Human Rights Violations in the Former Soviet Union and How Institutions Respond
Organised by Open Society Foundations
Topic: human rights
Language: English
This panel discussion will examine the role the EU can play in responding to the development of repressive laws and practices across the former Soviet Union, including “foreign agents” laws and other restrictions on NGO activities, laws restricting LGBTI rights, security sector cooperation, limits on freedom of assembly, and crackdowns on media and internet freedom.
Time: 13:00 – 14:30
Venue: European Endowment for Democracy
Avenue des Gaulois 29, B – 1040 , Brussels, Belgium
Phone: 1-212-5480600

26/05/16
Multilingual Learning for a Globalised World
Organised by
Topic: minorities,nationalism
Language: English
Deadline: 13/06/2016
Participation fee: Free
Description: Explores people’s language practices, and the personal connection people have to the language(s) they speak.
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29/05/16
Lloyd Festival: Migrating World
Organised by Cultural Embassy – Lloyd Hotel, Pocket Stories, Verhalen van Vluchtelingen
Topic: migrations
Language: Dutch
The program consists of a lecture on migration history, the celebratory opening of a new hotel room created by local and multicultural artists, multiple rounds of story telling, a stage filled with promising artists and last but not least: a food journey with bites from all over the world. The program (in Dutch) can be found below but please subscribe to the page for the latest updates and timetable!
Time: 14:00–21:00
Venue: Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam
Oostelijke Handelskade 34, NL-1019 BN , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone: 31-20-5613683

31/05/16
Exploring the Positive Potential of Education and Religion, Conviction and Belief’: A smorgasbord of good practice from schools to communities (and vice versa)
Organised by CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe, ENORB (European Network on Religion and Belief)
Topics: Education, Religion
Language: English, French
Participation fee: free
Time: 9:00 – 17:00
Venue: ICA
Rue Amédée Lynen 8, B- 1210, Brussels , Belgium
Phone: 32-2-3443444

June

01/06/16-
Migratory nurses: witness seminar event
Topic: migration
Language: English
Participation fee: free
Nurse migration to Scotland has been happening since the 1950’s. What was it like back then? What is it like now? This is a rare opportunity for nurses with a history of migration to meet together, hear from others and discuss key issues in a supportive environment.
Nurses have come from Africa, the Caribbean, India, Pakistan and Iran and more recently from the Philippines and Spain, Poland and other European countries. Some have come to Scotland as refugees and others recruited directly from their home countries- others are student nurses from families who have migrated.
This event will to bring together retired nurses who were on the front line of health worker migration to Scotland, current nurses working in the health care sector and student nurses and enable each to hear from the other.
Time: 10:00 – 14:00
Venue: Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)
350 Sauchiehall St, GB – G2 3JD, Glasgow, Great-Britain
Phone: 44-141-3301989

02/06/16-22/06/16
Call me by my name: Stories from Calais and beyond
Organised by Migration Museum Project
Language: English
Topics: Refugees, asylum, migration
Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond is a multimedia exhibition, taking place in a momentous month that sees both the EU referendum and Refugee Week. It explores the complexity and human stories behind the current migration crisis, with a particular focus on the Calais camp.
The exhibition features compelling works by established and emerging artists, refugees, camp residents and volunteers. These include a powerful new installation by award-winning artist Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, art by ALPHA using materials from the camp, drawings of Calais by illustrator Nick Ellwood, art and photography by camp residents, and an installation of lifejackets embedded with the stories of their wearers. It will serve as a forum for a range of discussions, film screenings and performances, including a poetry evening hosted by Michael Rosen. There will also be an opportunity for visitors to leave their responses, which will become part of an art piece by artist-in-residence, Cedoux Kadima.
Venue: Londonewcastle Project Space
28 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP, United Kingdom
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06/06/16-07/06/16
NGOs under threat: Conference on the shrinking civil society space
Organised by the Council of Europe
Topics: Civil society, human rights, participation
In some countries, new laws and government decisions have blocked the ability of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to fully participate in public policy, often through restrictions on access to foreign funding. Human rights defenders have been harassed or arrested, and NGOs closed down.
The Conference of INGOs will hold a debate on 6 and 7 June in Room 5 of the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg, “Only a matter for politicians? Civil society, money and political activities” which looked at the challenges facing NGOs in a time when civil society space is shrinking. Participants outlined methods to prevent inappropriate restrictions on NGOs, which are essential contributors to political debate and to the development of new policies and laws.
Venue: Room 5, Palais de l’Europe
Strasbourg, France
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09/06/16-06/10/2016
Inequality, Conflict and Violence
Organised by Behaviour, Structure and Interventions
Topic: inequality
Language: English
Participation fee: free
This workshop will span conventional disciplinary and methodological boundaries with presentations from economics, political science, law and sociology, among others, including papers with a theoretical, applied, quantitative or qualitative focus.
Venue: Yudowitz Lecture Theatre
University Ave, GB – G12 8QQ, Glasgow, Great-Britain

10/06/16
Getting the Word Out: Facilitating Reading and Writing Groups with Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Organised by University of Edinburgh
Topic: Refugees
Language: English
Deadline: 30/04/2016
Refugees and asylum seekers are an expanding group facing increasing challenges in Scotland and throughout the world. PhD students in the Arts and Humanities have unique skills, knowledge and opportunities to amplify refugee and asylum seeker voices through facilitating creative work and disseminating new perspectives informed by direct and meaningful engagement with forced migrants and their communities. This day-long event at the University of Edinburgh will equip PhD students from across Scotland with facilitation skills and resources, network connections and knowledge of issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers. Students will learn to design creative spaces and workshop material to be sensitive to the specific challenges involved in creative work with people who may have experienced extreme trauma. A combination of panel and roundtable discussions and workshops with experienced professionals will also provide information and expertise in terms of setting up sustainable projects through research, funding and partnerships.
Time: 09.00 – 18.00
Venue: Room TBA
50 George Square, GB-EH89JU, Edinburgh, Great-Britain
Website

14/06/16-26/06/16
Refugee Festival 2016
Organised by Glasgow Refugee Asylum & Migration Network
Topic: refugees, migration
Language: English
Deadline: 18/03/2016
Refugee Festival Scotland is an annual Scotland-wide programme of arts, cultural, educational, heritage and sports events.
Coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, the festival brings together people from refugee and local communities to celebrate the contributions refugees make to life in Scotland and the welcome offered by local people.
Phone: 44-141-3301989

14/06/16
Child refugees, past and present.
Organised by Glasgow Refugee Asylum & Migration Network
Topics: refugees
Language: English
Participation fee: free
They will be running a knowledge exchange workshop for practitioners and researchers working with child refugees. There will be speakers from the Scottish Guardianship Service, British Red Cross, Scottish Refugee Council, and Freedom from Torture, as well as the universities of Glasgow, Manchester, and Melbourne.
From 3 to 5pm there will be a public talk by Prof Joy Damousi of the University of Melbourne, followed by comments from Glasgow-based practitioners and a question and answer session. Prof Damousi is currently running a major research project on child refugees in history.
Time: 9:30 – 16:45
Venue: Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)
350 Sauchiehall St, GB – G2 3JD, Glasgow, Great-Britain
Phone: 44-141-3301989

14/06/16
Child refugees, past and present
Organised by GRAMNet
Topic: refugees
Participation fee: free
There will be speakers from the Scottish Guardianship Service, British Red Cross, Scottish Refugee Council, and Freedom from Torture, as well as the universities of Glasgow, Manchester, and Melbourne.
From 3 to 5pm there will be a public talk by Prof Joy Damousi of the University of Melbourne, followed by comments from Glasgow-based practitioners and a question and answer session. Prof Damousi is currently running a major research project on child refugees in history
Time: 9:30 – 17:00
Venue: Club Room, Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)
350 Sauchiehall St, GB – G2 3JD, Glasgow , Great-Britain
Phone: 44-141-3301989

16/06/16
What does community mean in the 21st Century?
Organised by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)
Topics: Community, city governance
Language: English
Participation fee: free
What does community mean in the 21st Century? Policy makers in Scotland, the UK and beyond have increasing expectations of ‘the community’ to participate in the provision of care and local services. However at a point in history where individuals are increasingly global through access to online networks and growing migration, what, who and where are the communities of the present? Moreover can they and should they be charged with the delivery of public policy?
They welcome members of the public, activists, artists and voluntary or statutory sector professionals who work within communities to join them for some lunch, networking and presentations which provoke discussion around the idea of community. The discussion will inform ongoing work, which seeks to explore the role and demands of community in contemporary life.
Time: 11:00 – 15:00
Venue: Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street, GB – G2 3JD, Glasgow, Great-Britain
Website

16/06/16
Immigrants to Scotland: 1945 to the Present
Organised by ESRC, Glasgow City Archives, Scottish Refugee Council, The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights, GRAMNet.
Topic: migrations
Language: English
Participation fee: free
This free seminar will explore the cultural diversity of Scotland’s refugee and migrant groups since 1945.
Time: 9:15 – 16:45
Venue: Mitchell Library
North Street, GB – G3 7DN, Glasgow, Great-Britain
Website

16/06/16
Migration for local development – Exploring the key role of local authorities in implementing the migration related targets of the SDGs
Organised by Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI), International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Topic: migrations
Deadline: 15/05/2016
This Project Lab aims to showcase and share the knowledge, good practices and practical and policy recommendations collated through the work of the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support local and regional authorities thrive in this role. The Project Lab will also encourage participants to share their own experience and feed into the recommendations that will result from the Project Lab.
Time: 9:15 – 10:30
Venue: Tour & Taxis
Avenue du Port 86, B-1000 , Brussels, Belgium
Phone: 32-2-2350550

16/06/16
GRAMNet & BEMIS Film Series 2015/16
Organised by GRAMNet, BEMIS
Topic: migration
Language: English
Participation fee: free
The following films will be shown, accompanied by forums and Q&A for everyone to share their views and thoughts in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
– Transit Zone
– If I Were You
The 2015/2016 Film Series is organised in partnership between GRAMNet (Glasgow Refugee and Asylum Network) and BEMIS Scotland. The aim of Hidden Stories 2015 is to bring the often untold, surprising knowledge of migratory movements into view and to sharpen the focus on the unusual lives and journeys which are part of the epic stories of migration which feature in our programme. The films we have selected, and for which we have received generous support often from the makers and distributors themselves are told in different ways, at times gently, at times with humour, at times with anger, at times with a steady carefulness. They are all human stories and by letting the camera angle and focus be part of the story telling it is possible to reflect too on the role of film in human rights education and education for social justice. Our emphasis is on both the simplicities and human complexities of hidden stories and the revealing of knowledge, the emotional attachments and detachments that often accompany migration. Following each film, invited local organisations and community groups will suggest positive actions that can be undertaken locally to address one or more of the issues raised in each film.
Time: 17:30
Venue: Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall St., GB – G2 3JD, Glasgow, Great-Britain
Phone: 44-141-3301989

16/06/16
Migration, Gender and Sexuality: Negotiating Health, Wellbeing and Belonging
Organised by Glasgow Refugee Asylum & Migration Network
Topic: migration
Language: English
The aim of this seminar is to explore the intersections of gender, sexuality, migration and health and wellbeing. We see health and wellbeing as including experiences of physical and mental health, but also as related to wider understandings of security, belonging and rights. This seminar will feature presentations by researchers and practitioners who work in and around migration, health, sexuality and/or gender. Presenters will talk about their work on mixed panels, with the aim of sharing insights from research, practitioners’ and community work.
Time: 12:00 – 16:30
Venue: Room 237 A/B, St Andrew’s Building
11 Eldon Street, GB – G3 0NH, Glasgow, Great-Britain
Phone: 44-141-3301989

19/06/16
Deaf Reach: A transformational education in Pakistan
Organised by Glasgow Centre for International Development (GCID), The Scottish Pakistani Association (SPA)
Topic: human rights
Language: English
Participation fee: free
“In Pakistan there are 1.25 million deaf children of school age, yet less than 2% attend school! Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF) is seeking to bridge this gap via its Deaf Reach Program. Seven Deaf Reach Schools and Training Centres provide free education for deaf students and are located in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Nawabshah and Lahore. In Pakistan, Deaf Reach is the only branch network of schools reaching out into rural areas for special needs children. Facilities cover all academic (KG-College) and vocational costs, inclusive of free pick and drop transport in a 40 km. radius, healthy snacks, books and stationery, uniforms and excursions. Additionally, there is a Parent Training Program, Teacher Training Program, and a Job Placement Program to assist deaf youth in gaining employment (over 500 jobs have been provided in last 2 years!).”
This will be a unique opportunity to hear Francis and Maria Doherty talk about their charitable work on the education of profoundly deaf children in Pakistan.
Time: 18:00
Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Building, Seminar Room
1 University Avenue, , Glasgow, Great-Britain
Website

20/06/16-23/06/2016
Rights, Respect, Reality: the Europe of Values in Today’s World
Organised by European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
Topics: inclusion, refugees
The Fundamental Rights Forum 2016 comes at a critical moment when our human rights resolve is being tested. Europe is being challenged to find urgent responses to the continuing refugee crisis, persistent discrimination and exclusion, as well as mass intrusion into the privacy and personal data of everyday people throughout Europe. This is why we have chosen these three themes for the Forum 2016.
Rights, respect, reality: the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Europe of values in today’s world, provides the bedrock for addressing contemporary challenges and a source of promising practices to better protect and promote human and fundamental rights across Europe and beyond.
Awareness of human rights is growing, thanks in part to the EU’s very own bill of rights, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Such momentum needs capturing. For example, policy makers should reinforce the implementation of our strong policy and legislative human rights framework; business should stimulate the growing interest in corporate social responsibility, and inclusive sustainable growth; and rights holders should be empowered to participate fully in life.
The Forum was created as an inclusive and innovative platform to draw in contributors including leading experts, policy makers and practitioners from all walks of life. The Forum will be engaging and interactive to involve and capture the views of all contributors. This includes the use of connect.reflect.act – Talks, panel debates, participant voting, participatory workshops, lively debates from speakers with opposing views, and a market place of ideas where organisations can come and display their work.
Based on the principle that a multi-stakeholder, systematic and futureoriented approach is vital to ensure everyone in the EU can enjoy their fundamental rights, the Forum encourages all actors to strengthen the protection and promotion of fundamental rights across the EU.
Schwarzenbergplatz 11, , Vienna, Austria
Phone: 43-1-58030842

20/06/16-23/06/2016
Fundamental Rights Forum
Organised by European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
Topic: human rights
The Forum looks at existing challenges and good practices as well as future challenges and opportunities. We provide space to enable dynamic and respectful dialogue, and knowledge sharing where different views can stimulate innovative ways forward.
The Forum aims at having a tangible impact for the benefit of everyone in the EU. We encourage actors to apply the knowledge and ideas gained, and work together to strengthen fundamental rights for all.
Venue: Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center
Messeplatz 1, 1021, Vienna, Austria
Phone: 43-1-58030842

21/06/16
GRAMNet Research Open Day
Organised by GRAMNet
Topic: refugees
Language: English
This event is aimed at Postgraduate Research students with an interest in issues around refugees, asylum and migration, although everyone is welcome to attend.. The event offers the chance for students to present their work and get feedback, both in oral and poster format. The event will also feature an academic speaker on the subject of migration research.
Time: 10:00 – 13:00
Venue: Forehall, Main Building
Glasgow, Great-Britain
Phone: 44-141-3301989

21/06/16
Working Together in Faith – Day Conference
Organised by Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees
Topic: refugees
Language: English
Leaders, activists and members of Scottish faith communities are invited to participate in this free day conference, which offers information about the current humanitarian refugee catastrophe and explores practical ways in which local groups can make an effective difference, in their neighbourhood, across Scotland and supporting crisis places in other parts of the world.
The conference will include input on the experience of refugees, current policy analysis and reflections on faith and spiritually in a time of global crisis. There will be a choice of workshops looking at interfaith projects, human rights, opportunities for volunteering and anticipated policy changes in the coming weeks which faith groups can engage with.
Time: 10.30-15:30
Venue: St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church
13 George Street, GB – EH2 2PA, Edinburgh , Great-Britain
Website

22/06/16
Measures to support the integration of asylum seekers and refugees
Organised by European Commission
Topics: migration. asylum
Language: English
Deadline: 29/05/2016
The event will provide opportunities for European countries to discuss the integration of asylum seekers and refugees into the labour market, the role of civil society organisations, local authorities and private sector in integrating asylum seekers and refugees into society as well as ways to assess, recognise, validate and adapt the skills and qualifications of migrants.
Venue: Thon hotel EU
rue de la Loi 75, Brussels, Belgium
Phone: 32-2-2999696

22/06/16
The Immigration Act 2016: Impact on asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, and consequences for Scottish services
Organised by Scottish Detainee Visitors
Topics: migrations, refugees
Language: English
Immigration legislation which puts forward drastic changes to support for asylum seekers, and which has major implications for human rights and discrimination law is set to reach the statute book soon. We aim to explore how these changes will impact on children and families, on access to housing and financial support, and on the risk of being detained. We will also discuss the possible consequences of destitution, homelessness, and access to health and education.
Time: 17:30 – 19:00
Venue: Room 208, John McIntyre Building
University Avenue, G12 8QQ, Glasgow, Great-Britain
Phone: 44-141-2489799

22/06/16-24/06/16
Realising Restorative Justice: Human Rights and Personal Realities
Organised by European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ)
Topics: human rights
Language: English
Deadline: 01/06/2016
Participation fee: between 150 and 300 EUR
Human rights and restorative justice values and principles are closely linked. Interconnections are obvious in regard to the rights to dignity, respect and protection, the rights to recognition, inclusion and participation, the rights to freedom of speech, security and justice and the rights to personal growth and empowerment. One further important aspect is the question whether restorative justice should be promoted as a genuine civil, or human, right. Many international and European human rights instruments mention the importance of the use of restorative justice approaches in reaction to criminal offences (e.g. the European Convention on Human Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights). Additionally, restorative justice might take a more proactive role in addressing current human rights challenges, for example by contributing to the protection and empowerment of vulnerable groups, ensuring justice and security and encouraging a social dialogue around the current refugee issue, counteracting radicalization and extreme violence with alternative solutions, and even by using the arts and social media to share knowledge and promote diversity in our (digital and non-digital) world.
Venue: Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25, NL- 2311, Leiden, Netherlands
Website

23/06/16
Are Open Borders the Way to Deal with the ‘Migration Crisis’?
Organised by Open Borders Scotland, GRAMNet
Topic: migration
Language: English
How should we respond to the ‘migration crisis’ in Europe today? Most people who care about migrant rights believe that the response of European states is inhumane. But what alternative should we campaign for? Do we need a humanitarian approach? Or do we need something more radical? Come along and get involved in the discussion.
Time: 18:00 – 20:00
Venue: Room 208, John McIntyre Building
University Avenue, G12 8QQ, Glasgow, Great-Britain
Website

27/06/16-28/06/2016
Governing through deportation: historical and anthropological perspectives on expulsion and migration policies
Organised by Migreurop
Topic: migrations
Language:
Deadline: 25/04/2016
This workshop will concentrate on the role of return policies for undocumented foreigners in the development of migration policies at the national, European and international levels. Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and other European countries have recently announced the organization of mass deportation campaigns of failed asylum seekers, thus illustrating the central role of returning irregular migrants in the process of building a European migration policy. In this workshop, we will discuss the historical construction of these policies within a global framework focused on the regularity of stay and on the promotion of return for undocumented foreigners (Koch, 2014). The contemporary uses of expulsion should be understood as part of a wide spectrum of policies and practices of return and/or forced displacement of individuals or groups (Keddar, 1996). These policies have contributed to the definition of citizenship and the demarcation of prerogatives associated with the exercise of political sovereignty (Kanstroom, 2007). A historical perspective on the issue of expulsion will be useful to shed light on the current norms, discourses and practices of deportation that are contributing to make it one of the most critical political issue today.
Venue: Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
190-, 198 Avenue de France, F – 75013, Paris, France
Phone: 33-1-53278781

27/06/16-28/06/2016
‘Europe’s crisis: What future for immigration and asylum law and policy?’
Organised by Queen Mary University of London
Topic: migrations
Language: English
Participation fee: from 12,50 to 50 GBP
The European Union is today faced by significant movements of refugees and migrants from places, which have experienced war or economic / environmental pressure. Combined with recent terrorist attacks, these developments have led some to doubt the viability of the EU migration framework. At the same time, they have led to arguments for new action by EU institutions and agencies, and by neighbouring countries. New forms of solidarity have been sought by some states and sections of public opinion, but rejected by others. Given the current sense of crisis, there are great uncertainties as to the future direction of the EU migration framework, as well as its content. Against this background, the conference will be addressing the main legal and policy aspects of the ongoing EU migration crisis.
Venue: Mason Lecture Theatre, The Bancroft Building, Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road, GB – E1 4NS , London, Great-Britain
Website

29/06/16
Journee de lutte, de solidarite et de fete
Organised by COMITE DES SANS PAPIERS 59
Topic: migrations
Language: French
Time: 14:00 – 00:00
Venue: Salle du Gymnase
7 Place Sébastopol, 59000, Lille, France
Website

29/06/16
Armed Drones, Counterterrorism, and Human Rights: The Need for a European Voice?
Organised by Open Society European Policy Institute, European Forum on Armed Drones (EFAD)
Topic: Human rights
Language: English
A panel of speakers with firsthand insight into drone operations will discuss human rights in the context of drone use and the fight against terrorism.
Time: 16:00 – 18:30
Rue du Trône 130, B-1050, Brussels, Belgium
Phone: 32-2-5054646

July

04/07/16
Liverpool Asylum and Refugees Knowledge launch
Organised by Liverpool Asylum and Refugees Knowledge
Topic: refugees
Language: English
This recently constituted network of academics at the University of Liverpool is characterised by its strong interdisciplinary character and pro-active engagement with external stakeholders, and has already held several events on refugee-related matters. We would be very happy to have you with us that evening, to celebrate our network and the vibrant refugee community of Liverpool and the Northwest. The launch event will include a theatre play – Asylum Monologues – by the human rights actors group Ice & Fire. Those of you familiar with the work of this group will know how powerful their art is.
Time: 17:00 – 19:00
Venue: Eleanor Rathbone Building, Eleanor Rathbone Lecture Theatre
74 Bedford St S, GB – L69 7ZT, Liverpool, Great-Britain

04/07/16-15/07/2016
Odysseus Network Summer School
Organised by Odysseus Network
Topic: migrations
Languages: English, French
Deadline: 20/06/2016
Participation fee: from 100 to 950 EUR
The Summer School has been carefully designed and developed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the immigration and asylum policy of the EU from a legal perspective.
In addition to the content of the taught classes, the course also provides an excellent opportunity to spend an intellectually stimulating fortnight among a group of around one hundred fellow participants specialised in the area of asylum and immigration from all over Europe. The setting of the Summer School in Brussels, the home of the European institutions, creates a unique environment that facilitates participants’ deeper engagement with the institutions.
Brussels, Belgium
Website

04/07/16-13/07/16
Venice Academy of Human Rights: Backlash against Human Rights?
Organised by EIUC
Topic: human rights
Language: English
Deadline: 29/05/2016
Participation fee: 700 EUR (without accommodation)
The Venice Academy of Human Rights is an international and interdisciplinary programme of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It provides an enriching forum for emerging ideas, practices and policy options in the field of human rights. The Academy hosts distinguished experts to promote critical and useful research and innovation through the exchange of current knowledge.
Venue: Monastery of San Nicolò
Riviera San Nicolò, 26, I-30126, Venice , Italy
Phone: 39-041-272091

05/07/16
Cross-border migration of workers from Bulgaria
Organised by FreSsco
Topic: migrations
Languages: English, Bulgarian
The seminar will be dedicated to a discussion of several issues relating to the cross-border migration of workers from Bulgaria, including the implementation of Directive 2014/54/EC and the new EURES regulation.
Sofia, Bulgaria

07/07/16
Migration, Gender and Sexuality: Negotiating Health, Wellbeing and Belonging
Organised by Gender and Sexualities Forum
Topic: Migration
Language: English
Participation fee: free
The aim of this seminar is to explore the intersections of gender, sexuality, migration and health and wellbeing. We see health and wellbeing as including experiences of physical and mental health, but also as related to wider understandings of security, belonging and rights. This seminar will feature presentations by researchers and practitioners who work in and around migration, health, sexuality and/or gender. Presenters will talk about their work on mixed panels, with the aim of sharing insights from research, practitioners’ and community work.
Time: 12:00 – 17:30
Venue: John McIntyre Building, Room 208
University Avenue, G12 8QQ, Glasgow, Great-Britain

11/07/16-13/07/2016
#StatelessKids youth congress 2016
Organised by European Network on Statelessness
Topic: migrations
Language: English
Deadline: 15/05/2016
The upcoming youth congress will be an opportunity for a group of 35 selected young delegates (aged 18 to 28) to hear about the effects of statelessness and participate in trainings designed to equip them with skills necessary to become Youth Ambassadors supporting the #StatelessKids campaign in their own country and across Europe. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from leading experts and academics, UN agencies and Members of the European Parliament on the issue, as well as journalists, advocacy and communications experts on how to advocate for change.
Venue: Maastricht University Campus in Brussels
Avenue de l’Armée 10, B – 1040, Bruxelles, Belgium
Phone: 44-20-73549631

21/07/16-24/07/16
2016 Forum for Young Professionals “Europe Lab”
Language: English
The EU-Russia Civil Society Forum and DRA invites young professionals aged between 25 and 35 from the EU, Russia, and other European states to apply for the 2nd edition of the “Europe Lab” Forum, a successor format of the “Pilorama Lab” Project held at the Memorial Centre of the History of Political Repressions “Perm 36” (Russia).
Forum for Young Professionals “Europe Lab” is a unique communication and exchange platform for change makers from all over Europe working in public administration, business, NGOs, universities, think tanks, and other fields of professional engagement.
Main goals of “Europe Lab” are to enable cross-sector cooperation and promote exchange of ideas, develop partner networks, and encourage common projects of young professionals in Europe in several areas.
The event will take place in venues in Zagreb and Vulkovar, Croatia
Website

26/07/16
Witness Bearing in Calais
Organised by Glasgow Refugee Asylum & Migration Network
Topic: Refugees
Language: English
Participation fee: free
Please join members of the delegation share some what they witnessed during their four days at the camps and also reflect on the potential impacts there of the recent EU referendum result.
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Bldg
1 University Avenue, G12 8NN, Glasgow, Great-Britain
Phone: 44-141-3301989

August

10/08/16-17/08/16
UNITED and No Hate Speech Movement at Sziget Festival
Organised by UNITED, No Hate Speech Movement Hungary and Foundation for Subjective Values
UNITED and No Hate Speech Movement Hungary will engage festivalgoers at Sziget, Europe’s largest music festival, to take part in live actions to show their opposition to hate speech. UNITED will be promoting the #LifeSeekers campaign, which challenges the populist narrative on migrants and refugees in Europe.
Venue: Sziget Festival
Obudai sziget, Budapest, Hungary
Website

11/08/16-12/08/16
2nd International Roma LGBT Conference
Topic: Roma, LGBT rights
The historic first International Roma LGBTIQ Conference in 2015 highlighted and explored the many challenges facing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Roma in Europe and beyond. The important exchange of information and lively debate between the delegates resulted in the drafting of the Roma LGBTIQ Prague Declaration in which the 28 representatives of Romani LGBTIQ professional associations, civil society and academia from 12 countries (Czech Republic, Canada/France/United States, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain and United Kingdom) assembled at the First International Roma LGBTIQ Conference in Prague, seek to address the realities and bring about change to the lives of LGBTIQ Roma, Gypsy, Sinti and Travellers across Europe, and positively address the impacts of national legislation on our everyday lives. The keynote Speech at this years conference will be: ‘How can European institutions tackle the issues facing Romani LGBTIQ people’.
Prague, Czech Republic

22/08/16-27/08/16
Study session: Active citizenship in the refugee crisis – local projects for the global exchange network
Organised by EFIL and AFS
Language: English
Topics: Migration, refugees, human rights
The aim of this session is to highlight a mutual contribution and underline the exchange of diverse practices and experiences between refugee organisations, exchange organisation, refugees, volunteers, professionals and beyond. Our aim is to encourage active citizenship and working together towards inclusion as a main purpose to ignite constructive collaborations and partnerships with a special emphasis on youth. Objectives: • Raising awareness and discuss the terminology and legal definitions of the term refugee, • the organisations (both refugee organisations and exchange organisations) get an opportunity to learn from each other and discover the complexity and the challenges regarding the needs and the reality for an inclusive society (local community and refugees). • get inspired and learn from good practices in the topic from other European countries, within and beyond the AFS network; • develop at least one concrete initiative and activity for every participating country, involving AFS volunteers and structures in the refugee support and plan further follow-up; • Exploring the possibilities of collaboration between exchange organisations and organisations working with refugees and discussing synergies between the ideas/practices of youth exchange and the work with refugees.
Venue: European Youth Centre
Zivatar utca, Budapest, Hungary
Website

26/08/16
Emergency protest against French burkini ban
Organised by Stand up to Racism
This week we saw armed police surrounding a Muslim woman on a beach in Nice and forcing her to remove clothing. This is not about protecting a women’s liberty it is part of a racist and sexist policy being imposed on Muslim women in France, that will only serve to further mariginalise them in French society.
The ban on the burkini has already been introduced in 15 towns it is crucial we come out to show our opposition to it. It is claimed the bans are “protecting the population” of France from terrorism and religious ideas, but women choosing to cover up on the beach is no threat to society.
Time: 6pm
Venue: French Embassy
58 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7JT, United Kingdom
Facebook

September

01/09/16-09/09/16
Dissemination of Results of Projects through Social Media
Organised by CODEC vzw Brussels, ADVIT Moldova
Topics: media, youth participation
One of the project priorities is to increase the participation of young people in Erasmus +, Youth in Action Programme (YA) by increasing the reached audience of young people in dissemination and exploitation of project results. Social media is perfect for YA audiences, for example, 70% percent of Facebook users are people under 35. That is a potential interested audience for YA. And reaching this audience cost much less or even nothing, if you know what tools to use. What is necessary: the message – what to say and the strategy – how and where to spread it.
The main goals of the project are to:
– Increase the visibility of Erasmus+ Youth in Action projects by increasing the usage of electronic media in dissemination and exploitation of project results;
– Train the participants on usage of social media, providing them with information on how the social networks work, increasing skill level by practical exercises and sharing best practices;
– Develop a toolkit with strategies for spreading information on the internet, specifically focused for organization working with Erasmus+ Youth in Action projects;
– To share the knowledge of social network specific to different regions of the European Union member states, East Europe and the Caucasus countries;
This project will involve participants from the EU and EECA countries.
Vadul lui Voda, Moldova
Website

09/09/16
EU non-discrimination law and intra-EU mobility
Organised by Free Movement and Social Security Coordination
Topic: non discrimination
Languages: English, French
The seminar will be dedicated to a legal discussion of the relationship between free movement of persons (including rules on social security coordination) and EU anti-discrimination law (on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation…). To what extent could/should rules on free movement be impacted by EU non-discrimination principles?
Paris, France

19/09/16
The Future of Europe – The Europe of the Future? – International Conference
Organised by MMAA, European Greens, Diem25
Languages: English and Hungarian (Bilingual interpreting provided)
Topics: Democracy, human rights
In co-operation with the European Greens and DiEM25 we are holding an international conference titled ‘The Future of Europe – The Europe of Future?’ in Budapest on 19 September 2016. Six roundtable discussions with guests from all over Europe, more than 20 invited speakers, among them leading green and progressive politicians of Europe, including Yanis Varoufakis, former Green minister of finance, founder of DiEM25 as well as Philippe Lamberts, co-chair of the European Greens.
Politics is in disarray throughout Europe. The current institutions of the EU have proven ineffectual in stopping the social and economic deterioration engulfing the continent. The parties of social democracy are in a decline, greens and liberals are stagnating if not worse. The rising radical right ceased to be an Eastern-European curiosity. The Syriza government with its social democratic crisis management programme in Greece has been forced to back down by Brussels showing an example for like-minded political experiments. At the same time, the EU appears to be weaponless against illiberal governments. What is the progressive answer for Europe’s problems? Is Europe bound to repeat the 1930s? How would a sustainable Europe look like? What have green parties and the new left to offer? What is the lesson for Hungary? Is there a future for green or new left politics in Hungary?
Venue: A38 Hajo
Budapest, Hungary
Website

19/09/16-30/09/16
OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2016
Organised by OSCE-Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)
Topics: Democracy, human rights, refugees
The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States is Europe’s largest annual human rights and democracy conference. It is organized every year by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) as a platform for 57 OSCE participating States, Partners for Co-operation, OSCE structures, civil society, international organizations and other relevant actors to take stock of the implementation of the OSCE human dimension commitments, discuss associated challenges, share good practices and make recommendations for further improvement.
Venue: Sofitel-Victoria Hotel
Warsaw, Poland
Website

20/09/2016-22/09/2016
Connecting Law and Memory
Organised by Kazerne Dossin
Kazerne Dossin, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the Belgian Federal Police, KZ Gedenkstätte Flossenbürg and the Council of Europe announce the ‘Connecting Law and Memory’ conference in Mechelen on 20-22 September 2016. This conference will focus on training courses in human rights for law enforcement and civil servants – based on Holocaust and genocide studies – with an emphasis on bringing together both civil servants (especially law enforcement) and museums & memorials from all over Europe with a special focus on our neighbouring countries, France, the Netherlands and Germany.
The overall aim of the conference is to create a coordinating forum for sharing and benchmarking expertise, intending to strengthen the civil service resilience through discussion, reflection and dilemma training. This will offer tools and attitudes to prevent and resist racist, xenophobic, homophobic behavior or other forms of intolerance – frequently aggravated by peer pressure and/or group loyalty – within law enforcement and other civil service institutions.
The goal of the conference is to connect, link, share and benchmark of existing outreach programs, good practices and experiences. The conference will also demonstrate the strength of the programs to institutions wishing to reflect upon history in their present day context.
Van Beethovenstraat 8/10, Mechelen 2800, Belgium
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22/09/2016-26/09/2016
4th Coordination Meeting of the No Hate Speech Movement Campaign
Organised by No Hate Speech Movement and Albanian Ministry of Social Affairs and Youth
From 23 to 25 September 2016, the Albanian Ministry of Social Affairs and Youth, with support of the Council of Europe and the Country office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), will host in Tirana the 4th coordination meeting of the No Hate Speech Movement
The No Hate Speech Movement is a Council of Europe campaign promoting human rights and freedom of expression on- and offline, combatting hate speech, including cyberbullying, through education and awareness-raising activities. The campaign is implemented through national committees in 43 countries across Europe, as well as in Morocco, Canada and Mexico, together with numerous partners and online activists.
Sixty-five representatives of ministries responsible for youth matters, as well as human rights and anti-discrimination Youth NGOs from 37 countries will come to Tirana to exchange good practices in combatting online expressions of discrimination and plan the European programme of the campaign for 2017.
Albanian Minister of Social Affairs and Youth, Blendi Klosi, will open the meeting together with Anne Brasseur, the Council of Europe’s No Hate Speech Ambassador and former president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and Brian Williams, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNFPA Representative.
Tirana, Albania
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29/09/16
International Conference: Free Trade and the Right to (Not) Migrate
Organised by Rosa Luxembourg Foundation
Languages: German, English
Topics: Migration
Since the implementation of the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994 the destruction of local economies and livelihoods drove many Mexicans into migration, to look for jobs and get money to send back home to their impoverished families.
Around the world, the forced implementation of trade liberalization, privatisation, and deregulation increased injustice and drove millions of peoples into poverty since the beginning of the neoliberal era.
Today, the 21st century world trade order is in the making, through agreements like TTIP, TPP, and others. Those trade agreements aim to align the structure of economies, politics and societies worldwide to the demands of powerful states and transnational companies. This deep interference in the sovereignty of local, regional or national policy may create even greater injustice and thus more massive migration flows.
Free trade creates injustice. Thus, when we talk about the root causes of migration, we have to talk about trade policies.
Venue: Maison des Associations Internationales
Rue Washington 40, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium
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October

01/10/2016
Take a stand in Europe for binational couples
Organised by Amoureux au ban public
Topic: Migration, integration, discrimination
The ECB network and les Amoureux au ban public invite you to participate to our Workshops on the theme “Take a stand in Europe for binational couples” Saturday 1st 2016 from 15h30 to 21h30 taking place in Paris 19th arrondissement (metro Place des Fêtes & Télégraphe).
LOVE HAS NO BORDERS: NGOs TAKE A STAND
The growing number of migration flows multiplies transnational love stories. Some are experienced and grow in Europe. Nevertheless, legislations, administrative practices and prejudices are obstacles for binational families and couples who wish to exercise their right to family life in Europe.
Specialised European NGOs have gathered themselves around this thematic: they created in 1990 the ECB network (European Conference for Binational/Bicultural relationships). The NGOs are located in 8 countries in Europe (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland).
WORKSHOPS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Enroll yourself to one of our 3 workshops:
Theme A: Diversity & Interculturalism (@ DOC, 26 rue du Dr Potain, Paris)
Theme B: Advocacy (@ Fabrik, 23 rue du Dr Potain, Paris)
Theme C: Article 8 of the European Convention of Human (@ Maison de la place des Fêtes, 10 rue Augustin Thierry, Paris)
Evening “All you need is love (& good lawyer)”: Quizz around the theme of Europe, Love songs Karaoke. (@ Theatre de Verre 12 rue Henri Ribière, Paris)
ALL EVENTS ARE CLOSE FROM ONE ANOTHER!! next to metros: Place des Fêtes & Télégraphe (line 11 or 7bis)
26 rue du Dr Potain, Paris 75019, France

03/10/16-06/10/16
EU Youth Conference
Organised by the Slovakian Youth Council and the Council of the European Union
Topics: Youth participation, democracy human rights
Language: English
The objective of the EU Youth Conference in Košice is to develop policy recommendations based on the input and ideas collected across Europe.
Throughout this consultation, 28 NWGs and 13 INGYOs carried out vast consultations using a wide range of methodologies from online surveys to meetings, focus groups, school workshops, street actions.
Experts such as policy makers and youth workers were also involved in some countries. In total, more than 65 000 young people were reached
throughout Europe and could share their views and ideas for engaging young people in a diverse, connected and inclusive Europe
Venue: Kunsthalle Košice
Rumanova 1, Košice, Slovakia

08/10/16
Confronting The Rise In Racism: Stand Up To Racism National Conference 2016
Organised by Stand up to Racism
Language: English
Topics: Antifascism, migrant rights
Fee: 5.90GBP-11.21GBP
A major national conference bringing together speakers, organisations and activists from anti-racist campaigns across Europe. The conference will examine the current struggle against racism in Britain and beyond such as the fight against Islamophobia and antisemitism, defending civil liberties and migrants rights and building solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the US.
The humanitarian crisis in Europe will also be discussed with the intention of developing an action plan for activists and organisations who want to campaign for more to be done for refugees.
Venue: Friends Meeting House
Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJ, United Kingdom
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10/10/16-16/10/16
3rd International Youth Conference on Antigypsism
Organised by Charita Czech Republic, Phiren Amenca
Language: English
Topic: Roma rights, youth participation
Based on various experiences and projects from 2012, antigypsyism appeared as increasingly relevant topic in the youth work of Phiren Amenca, especially regarding educational approaches and youth activism.
Romano Centro organized the first International Roma Youth Conference on Antigypsyism which was held in Vienna, Austria, between November 10-16, 2014. The conference was organized by Phiren Amenca’s member organization, Romano Centro, and its partner organizations. As it was a very successful and efficient event, our network decided to continue the conference and organize it every year, involving the members and volunteers of the Phiren Amenca Network. In 2015 FAGIC took an important role in this development and took the responsibility to coordinate and host the conference in Barcelona with a support of its member organizations. This year our Czech member organization will host the conference, in order to give an opportunity for participants to learn more about the situation of Roma in Czech Republic. This project will bring together 50 Roma and non-Roma youth leaders, multipliers, trainers and activists from six different countries during a 5 day lasting youth exchange in Ostrava.
Ostrava, Czech Republic

26/10/16-31/10/16
UNITED Network Conference “Living Together: Transform a divided past into our common future”
Organised by UNITED for Intercultural Action
Topic: national reconciliation
Language: English
Across Europe, we are experiencing great difficulties. At a time when we should be uniting in the face of common problems, our societies are becoming more and more fractured and divided. How can the European antiracist movement react to this situation, and promote an atmosphere of conviviality, inclusiveness and solidarity?
These vital questions of nation-building and national reconciliation are the key themes of the next UNITED conference, for which nominations are still open! Entitled “Living Together: Transform a divided past into our common future”, the conference will take place from 26-31 October near Ohrid, MK. The deadline for applications is 15 August.
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November

02/11/2016-04/11/2016
OSCE-ODIHR Youth Activism Seminar
Organiser: OSCE-ODIHR
Topic: discrimination, anti-Semitism
Language: English
Description: The role youth activists can play in countering antisemitism and other forms of intolerance will be at the centre of the seminar organized by OSCE ODIHR.
Venue: European Youth Centre Budapest
Zivatar utca 1., Budapest, Hungary

08/11/2016
Combating racial discrimination and intolerance in Norway: a Round Table of the Anti-racism Commission of the Council of Europe in Oslo
Organiser: ECRI
Topic: racism, intolerance
Description: In co-operation with the Norwegian Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud (LDO), the European Commission against racism and intolerance (ECRI) is organising a round table in Oslo on 8 November 2016 to discuss the follow-up to the recommendations of its 2015 report on Norway.
Language: English
Deadline: 19/10/2016
Time: 9:00-16:00
Venue: DOGA
Hausmannsgate 16, Oslo, Norway

09/11/2016
International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism – annual
Campaign organised by UNITED for Intercultural Action
Topic: fascism, antisemitism, Roma, racism
The focus of the campaign around the 9 November is to join forces and build a strong movement capable of fighting fascism in all its forms. Antifascist, antiracist, Jewish and Roma organisations both inside and outside the UNITED network commemorate the “Kristallnacht”, which took place on 9 November 1938. This partly state-organised pogrom against German Jews symbolises the beginning of the Holocaust. The commemoration has taken a new meaning as we remember not only the victims from 1938, but also campaign against rise of neonazism and racism in Europe today, and show support for the recent victims of racist and fascist attacks. If you decide to organise an event, please inform UNITED. We will publish a List of Activities on our website and we can provide you with free material, like posters and postcards.
All over Europe
Phone: 31-20-6834778
Email: 9november@unitedagainstracism.org
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10/11/2016
European Youth Digital Summit (2nd edition)
Organised by GEYC
The 2nd edition of the European Youth Digital Summit (EDYS 2016) aims to foreground youth participation by using digital tools in order to fight online hate speech. Approx. 100 youngsters, youth workers, educators and human rights and IT professionals are expected to attend the event. There will be two workshops, one on youth participation and one on no hate speech. EDYS 2016 is organized under the High Patronage of the European Parliament and under the Patronage of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event is part of the dissemination activities of Balkans without hate project, coordinated by 35mm NGO, with the support of the European Commission through Erasmus+ Program, Key Action 2- Capacity building in the field of youth. In the same framework, GEYC organizes EQUALIS Campaign (geyc.ro/equalis) and HaSpe research (geyc.ro/haspe-en).
Venue: European Public Space
Vasile Lascar 31, Bucharest 020492, Romania

13/11/16-14/11/2016
Building Resilient Communities
Organised by American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Topic: resilient communities
The conference’s goal is to further explore different aspects pertaining community resilience offering a space where community leaders and executives can discuss, exchange and learn about critical issues affecting our organizations nowadays.
Barcelona, Spain
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15/11/2016
Which Steps Towards European Policies Against Anti-Gypsyism
Organiser: Open Society Foundation
Topic: migration
Language: English
Description: The Open Society Foundations, the German Federal Foreign Office, and the European Commission host a seminar encouraging policymakers to step up efforts combating prejudice against Roma communities.
Time: 10:00-17:00
Venue: Thon Hotel EU
Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

16/11/16
Reforming the Common European Asylum System: Towards a Unified, Fair and Effective Policy
Organised by Public Policy Exchange
Language: English
Topics: Migration, asylum
This international Symposium will discuss the current EU Agenda on Asylum. The symposium will examine the implications of current directives and rules for asylum at an EU level and assess the implementation challenges for Member States. It will also offer a platform to discuss the current changes in the Asylum Policy and explore how all stakeholders must contribute to facilitate better cooperation and better protection for asylum seekers.
London, United Kingdom
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Phone: +44 (0) 20 3137 8630

16/11/2016
Prevention of radicalization in the EU – National experiences and best practice
Organiser: European Policy Centre
The jihadist radicalisation phenomenon has been affecting in different ways various member states in the European Union. While in France and Belgium, the terrorist attacks have dramatically made clear the presence of jihadist cells ready to take action, foreign fighters from these and other countries have been joining the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq or in Libya. In order to respond to these developments, national and local authorities have addressed the emergence of radicalised individuals and/or organised groups with distinct approaches. This Policy Dialogue aims to answer a series of questions in order to make a case for these national experiences and their relevance for improving the response to jihadist radicalisation at European level. What are the lessons learned and best practice at national and local level in Belgium, Germany and the UK? How can other member states draw on these experiences and better apply them to their own context? Can the EU support existing and future synergies in this domain and accompany a common response to the jihadist radicalisation phenomenon? Our panel of experts addressed these questions as part of a series of Policy Dialogues in the framework of a joint EPC-EFD-CEP project on jihadist radicalisation and European policy responses.
Topic: radicalization
Language: English
Time: 14:30-17:00
Venue: 14-16 rue du Trone, Brussels, Belgium
Email: info@epc.eu

17/11/2016-18/11/2016
Exploring educational policies and tools to address anti-Semitism within educational systems
Organiser: OSCE-ODIHR
Language: English
Description: ODIHR organises the first consultative meeting in Belgrade between 17-18 November 2016 bringing together a wide range of governmental and non-governmental partners to explore the educational policies and supporting tools needed to address antisemitism, and how tolerance education can be harnessed and expanded to address antisemitism within the school system.

19/11/2016
United for Education demonstration
Organiser: Stand Up to Racism
Topic: racism
Language: English
Challenging racism remains a key challenge for students. The refugee crisis continues, with thousands of people left to drown or locked out by border fences. Our classmates face racist profiling from Prevent, international students are forced to pay high fees, and the rights of EU students are being used as a bargaining chip by Theresa May in Brexit negotiations.
The rise of Trump is a warning and shows we need to get organised. Join the Stand Up to Racism bloc on the #Nov19 United for Education demo to show we’re united against racism in education and wider society.

Time: 11:00 am
Venue: South Street and Park Lane, W1K 1DF, London, UK
Email: info@standuptoracism.org.uk
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21/11/2016
Untold Stories of Migration
Organiser: Migrants’ Rights Network
Topic: migration
Language: English
The International Day of the Migrant takes place on the 18 December. In the lead up join us for a unique
opportunity to hear untold stories of people on the move that are overlooked in mainstream conversations.
Time: 17:00-18:30
Venue: Wallacesplace
St Pancras, 22 Dukes Road, London, WC1H 9PN, UK
Email: a.baldasare@sussex.ac.uk
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21/11/2016-22/11/2016
Improving the Responses to the Migration and Refugee Crisis in Europe
Organiser: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Topic: migration, refugees
Description: Vision Europe is a consortium of think tanks and foundations collaborating to address some of the most pressing public policy challenges facing Europe. Through research, publications and an annual summit, Vision Europe aims to be a forum for debate and a source of recommendations to improve evidence-based policy making at both a national and EU level and to foster European integration. On 21 and 22 November, Vision Europe will be holding a Summit in Lisbon at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
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22/11/2016
The Good Immigrant
Organiser: Migrants’ Rights Network
Topic: migration, racism
Language: English
Time: 19:00-20:30
Venue: Conference Centre The British Library
96 Euston Road London NW12DB, UK

23/11/2016
Restorative Flashmob
Organiser: city of Tempio Pausania
Topic: justice
Language: Italian
Time: 15:00-17:00
Venue: Parco delle Rimembranze, Largo de Gasperi, Tempio Pausania, Italy

25/11/2016-26/11/2016
2nd European Conference against anti-Black Racism in Europe
Organised by CRAN – Carrefour de réflexion et action contre le racisme anti-Noir
Language: French
Organisée avec succès une première fois en 2006, cette Conférence était une première en Europe et avait drainé plus d’une centaine de participants, dont des personnalités suisses et internationales. Dix ans plus tard, aujourd’hui, il est utile de procéder à nouveau à un état des lieux du racisme anti-Noir dans différents pays européens et de mutualiser les actions menées pour le combattre et sensibiliser le public. Cette conférence s’inscrit par ailleurs dans le cadre des actions engagées pour la Décennie (2015-2024) consacrée par l’ONU aux Populations d’ascendance africaine et à laquelle plusieurs pays européens ont souscrit.
Outre la présence de représentants de la société civile et d’officiels suisses et européens invités, dont, Mme Christiane TAUBIRA (ancienne Garde des Sceaux/ministre de la Justice en France ; venue sous réserve), les personnalités suivantes ont déjà confirmé leur participation : Mme Cécile KYENGE (ancienne ministre de l’Intégration en Italie et actuellement députée européenne), Mme Mireille FANON MENDES-FRANCE (présidente de la Fondation Frantz FANON et fille de l’illustre philosophe antillais, membre du Groupe d’Experts de l’ONU sur les Afro-Descendants), M. Doudou DIENE (expert international et ancien Rapporteur spécial de l’ONU sur le racisme), M. Lilian THURAM (ancien footballeur international et actuellement président de la Fondation Lilian Thuram pour l’éducation contre le racisme), etc.
Time: 09:00am – 6:00pm
Venue:World Council of Churches
Rte Ferney 150, Geneva 1218, Switzerland
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29/11/2016
Coordination against exclusion and xenophobia
Organiser: Stopexclusion
Topic: xenophobia
Language: French
Time: 19:15
Venue: Grande Salle Syndicat SIT
Rue des Chaudronniers 16, 1204 Geneve, Switzerland

30/11/2016
Webinar of the ELSA Day Campaign
Organiser: ELSA & CoE
Topic: migration, refugees
Language: English
Description: How can states manage migration flows whilst respecting human rights? What protection does the European Convention on Human Rights offer migrants? Is there a proper balance to be struck between state sovereignty and human rights? Can international co-operation ensure socio-economic protection of migrants? How does the Dublin system rate as a response to the migration crisis, and what is the role of the Council of Europe in migration-related matters?
Time: 18:00-19:00 CET
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December

2/12/2016
The Evolving Dynamics of the Refugee and Migrant Response
Organiser: Migrants’ Rights Network
Topic: refugees, migration
Language: English
Time: 10:00-14:00
Venue: Rich Mix, Main Space
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA, UK

6/12/2016-7/12/2016
OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference
Organiser: Civic Solidarity Platform
Topic: civic cooperation, human rights, migration
Language: English
Description: At the conference, civil society representatives from throughout the OSCE region will discuss urgent human dimension issues and their impact on the OSCE comprehensive security concept.
Venue: Hamburg
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6/12/2016
Screening and public debate on the documentary ‘Foreign Affairs’
Organiser: Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Topic: crisis
Language: English
Time: 17:30
Venue: Cinestar Praha Andel
Radlicka 3179/1E, Prague 5, Czech Republic
Email: alena.veliskova@mae.etat.lu

8/12/2016-9/12/2016
23rd OSCE Ministerial Council
Organiser: OSCE
Topic: migration, conflict management
Language: English
Description: The 23rd Meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council will be held in Hamburg on 8 and 9 December 2016.
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10/12/2016
Action Day for Human Rights Online
Organiser: No Hate Speech Movement
Topic: human rights
Language: English and others
Description: HATE SPEECH IS NOT AN OPINION! The No Hate Speech Movement is organising an Action Day promoting Human Rights Online on 10 December 2016.
Venue: online Europe-wide
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10/12/2016
Borderland – An Interactive Exhibition
Organiser: IYNF
Topic: refugees
Language: Czech / English
Participation fee: Free
Description: On the 10th of December, during Human Rights Day, the NGO – International Young Nature Friends, in collaboration with relentless activists from Macedonia, is pleased to present the opening event of the “Borderland: An Interactive Exhibition”. The dramatic life conditions of Refugees in Macedonia will be reflected through photographs, artworks, installations.
Time: 20:00
Venue: Café Lajka
U Akademie 11, Prague 17000, Czech Republic
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12/12/2016-18/12/2016
#StandTogether
Organiser: Migrant Voice
Topic: migration, hate crimes
Language: English
Description: Migrant Voice together with a network of organisations concerned about the recent surge in hate crimes is launching the #StandTogether campaign.
Ahead of International Migrants Day (18 December), they are launching a week of positive action, the #StandTogether campaign (12-18 December), to invite people across the nation to stand together against hate crime and send a message that our communities are welcoming and inclusive and our migrant and ethnic minority neighbours are welcome in our streets.
Venue: UK-wide

13/12/2016
Book launch ‘Forward resilience: Protecting society in an interconnected world’
Topic: migration
Language: English
Time: 14:30-16:30
Venue: European Policy Centre
Email: n.news@epc.eu

14/12/2016
Conference on Combating intolerance and discrimination against Christians
Organiser: OSCE-ODIHR
Topic: discrimination, hate crimes
Language: English
Deadline: 09/12/2016
Description: Building on the existing commitments, the meeting will provide a forum for exchange among different stakeholders and serve as an opportunity for government officials, non-governmental organizations and representatives of Christian communities to explore challenges, share examples of good practices and make recommendations on how to address underreporting of hate crimes and intolerance and discrimination against Christians.
Venue: Hofburg
Vienna, Austria

14/12/2016
Speaking Up for Human Rights
Organiser: Human Rights Consortium Scotland
Topic: human rights
Language: English
Description: Human Rights Consortium Scotland is celebrating Human Rights Day. Communicating to service users and to the public about human rights is vital but can be challenging. UK experts will speak about what works and what doesn’t work, and what can make messaging around human rights both positive and effective.
Including speakers from Equally Ours, Amnesty International and Engender, this interactive and practical event is for civil society organisations. It will be of particular interest to Chief Executives, Communications and Media Officers, Policy Officers and others with roles working with members, the public or service users.
Time: 13:30-16:30
Venue: City Chambers, Edinburgh, Scotland
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15/12/2016-16/12/2016
Working meeting of European Network of Intercultural Centres
Organiser:
Topic: interculturalism
Language: English / French
Description: The meeting will gather together representatives of intercultural centres from a number of European cities, most of which are members of the Intercultural cities network, in order to set up a network of intercultural centres independent from, but connected to the Intercultural cities programme.
The idea is to share and develop the manifesto, the objectives, and the action plan of the network, and also work on the development of a label for intercultural NGOs which figures among the objectives of the Intercultural Cities network.
Venue: Centro Interculturale Mondinsieme
Reggio Emilia, Italy
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16/12/2016-19/12/2016
Winter University for Security Studies
Organiser: Kosovo Youth Atlantic Treaty Association
Topic: refugees, security
Language: English
Deadline: 10/12/2016
Participation fee: 125 euro
Description: This Winter University provides a unique opportunity for university and college students to study the role, structure and activities of NATO and other security organizations, as well as the military, political – security, and economic issues facing the Alliance. Through this WU, students gain a better and clearer understanding of the capabilities and constraints that shape the policies of NATO and EU countries in determining matters of Collective Security. Apart from dealing with a prepared agenda, students grapple with a contemporary crisis to be revealed at the WU.
Time: 10:00-14:00
Venue: NATO Corner of National Library
Prishtina, Kosovo
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20/12/16
Webinar: Qualified to Work: Tapping the Skills and Experience of Internationally-Trained Immigrants
Organised by Cities of Migration
Topics: Refugees, migration, labour rights
Internationally-trained immigrants face barriers to employment when their qualifications, skills, and experience are not recognized. Can we afford to put valuable new sources of talent and social capital at risk?
Join us to learn about initiatives in Montreal (Canada) and Augsburg (Germany) that recognize the value of immigrant talent and maximize the opportunities for internationally trained professionals to work to their full capabilities, skills, and qualifications. En route, they’re driving innovation in the workplace and opening up space for new thinking and intercultural learning across the urban landscape.
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