Off to the regions and into the future with Humanrights-online
Reports on the rural meetings in the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia
As part of the program framework of the German Federal Foreign Office for developing cooperation with civil society in the countries of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) and Russia, the International Society for Human Rights and its sections set up projects in all seven target countries on the basis of:
The power of youth and the Internet, building a form of solidarity between all target countries, and focusing on communication as the key. With our jointly launched Internet platform, our project for 2018 was called “With Humanrights-online onward into the regions and into the future.”
Before beginning the work in the regions, advanced bloggers from the seven EaP countries and Russia came together for a technical workshop in Kiev, which again highlighted the importance of personal interaction (see https://humanrights-online.org/ukraine-the-country-of-origin-of-the-worlds-most-beautiful-melodies-has-played-itself-out/).
Over the following months, each country team carried out two regional events outside of the capital cities, including in remote or inaccessible regions. Together, they discussed national and regional human rights issues and presented the transnational website.
This documentation reflects the official reports of the country teams, always beginning with the original text in Russian, followed by the translations in German and then in English. At the end of the Russian texts, you will find the link to the corresponding illustrated blog post on the website. Particularly interesting are the current photos from Transnistria, one of which was used as the title photo on the cover of this report. It shows the interior of a small bookshop in the center of Tiraspol; and yes, you saw correctly, it features copies of photos of young Josef Stalin (next to the Transnistrian and Russian presidents) for sale for 0.65 cents (converted).
An Eastern Europe expert may be surprised to see that a report here or there does not reflect the given explosive nature of the human rights situation, while elsewhere the intensity is described in frightening detail. It should be noted that we are conducting work in a very sensitive subject area and we do not dictate specifications about the content of their official reports to our local project partners on the ground. Above all, we attach importance to constructive cross-border communication and cooperation. Nevertheless, this documentation provides extraordinary and interesting insight into this year’s project work in the EaP and Russia.
Our office in Frankfurt am Main is responsible for providing more detailed information on the human rights situation of the individual Eastern Partnership countries and Russia. As always, we look forward to your responses and feedback!
Your ISHR team from Frankfurt, Baku, Brest, Yerevan, Kiev, Kishinev, Moscow and Tbilisi