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RENEWED SUPPORT TO FORUM SYD’S DIASPORA PROGRAMME IN SOMALIA

december 7th, 2014 Comments off

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RENEWED SUPPORT TO FORUM SYD’S DIASPORA PROGRAMME IN SOMALIA

Sweden has decided to extend the support to the Somali diaspora’s participation in Sweden’s development cooperation in Somalia. The programme, with a total funding of 45 MSEK, is implemented by the Swedish NGO Forum Syd and their Diaspora Programme in Somalia.

Forum Syd will be running a sub-granting scheme as part of this programme where Somali diaspora organisations together with partners in Somalia can apply for support to projects in the country. The programme is focusing on strengthening civil society in Somalia aiming at “Greater participation of marginalised people, particularly women and youth and civil society organisations in decision making processes, within the target areas of Somalia”. Hence, Forum Syd could support projects in all of Somalia, including Somaliland and Puntland, in the areas of democracy and human rights, gender equality, sustainable
livelihoods and peace-building between different regions. The programme will also focus on capacity development of the partner organisations.

– The most important lifeline for many Somalis is the remittances from the diaspora. Through this programme Sweden is complementing these financial flows with social remittances where the experience and knowledge of the diaspora is returned to Somalia. Sweden is, in other words, supporting Somali solutions to Somali problems, says Mr Erik Pettersson, Programme Officer, Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi.

More information will soon become available at Forum Syd’s website:
www.forumsyd.org/InternationalStart/

SAIF OMAR
Migration & Development Advisor
Tel: +46 (0)8 50637168
saif.omar @ forumsyd.org

Forum Syd, Box 15 407, SE-104 65 Stockholm, Sweden
Besök / Visit: Katarinavägen 20

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Sweden’s Closet Racists

april 22nd, 2013 Comments off
  • Sweden’s Closet Racists
    By JONAS HASSEN KHEMIRI
    WELCOME to my body. Make yourself at home. From now on, we share skin, spine and nervous system. Here are our legs, which always want to run when we see a police car. Here are our hands, which always clench into fists when we hear politicians talk about the need for stronger borders, more internal ID checks, faster deportation of people without papers.
    New York Times 20 April 2013

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    Human rights in Denmark

    april 21st, 2013 Comments off

    My name is Sumant and I am originally from India. I lived in the USA from 2002 to 2008 mostly in Texas where I attended the University of North Texas for a Master’s in Applied Geography(GIS). I made use of that education and my previous education as a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering to get myself a work permit in Denmark, although I worked in Texas for 2 years mostly doing GIS work.

    During those 2 years I also worked at a Couple of companies which included a software consulting firm in Dallas, TX where I was underpaid in regards to the US pay scale stipulated in my work contract and as per legal visa rules.The US Wage and Labor division had failed to solve the case and
    therefore I had to back out. I got no backwages out of it.

    Now here in Denmark there is lesser opportunities compared to the USA and as foreigners lacking Danish skills it is hard getting work as of now.

    There is a social welfare system which is discriminatory by region. I was receiving social welfare in Copenhagen whereas I was denied social welfare in Odense.

    There is discrimination prevalent towards foreigners and people of color in terms of financing of retail goods and purchases. This just shows the lackage of equality laws in the country.

    The country also lacks a good wage policy and labor complaints. There is a sense of lack of ethics in work culture.

    My work permit was revoked because I took social welfare and I was just given a months’ time to leave the country. So, i am in dire straits with no chance of me getting employment or a source of income.

    As a result I am jobless and homeless and living out on the streets and at the mercy of homeless organizations wherein there are ex-convicts and potentially violent people. Day to day survival has become hard due to lack of income sources, pocket money and as a result its hard even to get food to eat in this quite expensive country.

    Also, there is discrimination from the general Danish populace and a xenophobic feeling. I generally feel there is a strong ”DANISHNESS” growing and a feeling of resentment towards foreigners. There is a threatening behavior and a feel of getting ”kicked” out of the country. This has caused me distress and living has become hard fought each day.

    I was forced out of a library for no reason which shows the lack of freedom in the country.The craziness, racist/discriminatory attitudes, intolerance, selfishness, harshness, lack of ethics and most of all the ignorant behavior/ignorance is extremely distressing and appalling. The people tend
    to pry on individual rights and ”make use”.

    There is a strong ”racist” feel. There is a lack of ”equality” treatment towards people of outer groups compared to the USA. There is also lackage of freedom and equality that one can find like in the US.

    I was thrown out of Copenhagen Railway Station for nothing and charged for assault for nothing and because I am non-white. The actual reason was I was collecting bottles in the railway station and there was a railway employee who saw me and tried to force me out by pushing me, so I pushed him back
    because he was using force. The guy then fell down but was A OK. Then his fellow employees came by and roughed me up before even I could say anything, pinned me down by force and held me down and called the cops.

    I was then handcuffed in a rather rough manner and bodysearched and arrested and thrown in the cell for a couple of hours and then released. The cops took 500 kroner from me for a previous offense of shoplifting without even my permission. This just shows the amount of prejudice and discriminatory attitudes the people have in them towards people of color.

    I was assaulted in a Copenhagen park a while back by a couple of guys and the Police failed to respond to my emergency call right after the assault. This happened to me in another manhandling incident of me also. This just shows the racist attitudes of Copenhagen Police and equality.

    I just cannot bear the supression of freedom of expression, lackage of individual rights/individualism, shallowness, pryingness, critisicms, discouragement, submission to authority, resentment towards English, continous monitoring, suspicion towards particular people, ignorance,
    meanness, lack of understanding, provokenment, control freakiness, subjugation mentality, quibliness, resentment, emotional manipulation, conspiring, forcing, ego, stupidity, bad treatment, violent behaviour,
    arguements, psychopathic behavior, belittlement, lack of compassion/concern, bullying, threatening, closedmindedness, arrogance, mocking, stupid behavior, selfishness, lack of political correctness, lack of professionalism, inclination towards slavery, lack of standards, racist slurs, hatred, intolerance, madness, rudeness, coldness, harshness, hardness, insanity, harassment, malice, racial prejudice, slander, antagonism, immaturity, insulting, xenophobia, discrimination towards certain race groups, ethnocentrism and the snubbing from the people so much so that daily outings and routines are affected.

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    Caracteristics of migration coverage by the media

    mars 1st, 2013 Comments off

    Data-based pilot study looks into characteristics of migration coverage

    Vienna, February 28, 2013 – A comparative analysis of media coverage of migration issues in five countries, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States, showed that

    – at face value, mainstream news media are broadly adhering to journalistic standards when covering migration;
    – migration is, however, frequently framed and presented in a way that may counteract the spirit of journalism ethics;
    – the reporting agenda is strongly influenced by a national focus and has deficits where the big picture of migration is concerned.

    The findings of the study were presented and discussed at the 5th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in Vienna on 28 February 2013.

    Research teams at journalism schools and media research institutions in the five countries took four-week snapshots of migration journalism around recent elections, including the presidential elections in the US and France, the Dutch parliamentary election, and regional polls in Germany and Canada. They identified and analysed some 650 pertinent articles and categorised them by their framing of migration: which types of migrants were in focus, which related topics were discussed, and what overall tone did the articles adopt towards migrants and migration. The sources primarily represented agenda-setting national as well as regional and local newspapers and news magazines.

    The pilot study worked under the assumption that mainstream media provide a window onto the most salient public perceptions of, and issues concerning, migration-related topics in the participating countries. In order best to work this out and to highlight the most relevant findings, the project adopted a comparative international perspective. The UNAOC and EJC plan to extend this exercise around migration coverage to other parts of the world as well as on related topics such as hate speech, diversity, and religion.

    The study is a pilot project by the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations and the European Journalism Centre, in cooperation with the University of King’s College (Canada), the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (France), Deutsche Welle Akademie (Germany), Christelijke Hogeschool Ede (The Netherlands), and the University of Missouri (United States). The study received expert advice from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and was co-funded by the Open Society Fund to Counter Xenophobia.
    A summary report of the study can be downloaded here, and the full presentation is available for review here.

    About the UNAOC

    The Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) was established in 2005, at the initiative of the Governments of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations. The UNAOC is an initiative of the UN Secretary-General which aims to improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions, and to help counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism.

    Webpage: www.unaoc.org

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    Video competition on migration by young people

    januari 27th, 2013 Comments off

    ON MIGRATION, DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION
    Calls for Youth Participation

    New York, NY (January 23, 2013)– The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration ( IOM) again invite the world’s youth to submit original and creative videos focusing on PLURAL+ themes: migration, diversity and social inclusion.

    Recognizing youth as powerful agents of social change in a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions, PLURAL+ invites youth to address key challenges related to migrant integration, inclusiveness, identity, diversity, human rights and social cohesiveness, both at local and global levels. Young people up to 25 years old are invited to submit short videos of five minutes maximum in length.

    Michele Klein-Solomon, IOM Permanent Observer to the United Nations, said, “PLURAL+ videos touch very sensitive issues in a very real way. They look at the realities that people are facing. We like to see young people expressing their profound ideas in a manner that allows the opening of a dialogue.”

    Jordi Torrent, UNAOC Project Manager, Media and Information Literacy, added: “PLURAL+ videos fit very well in this very relevant conversation: how to build more inclusive societies where we can all live together in harmony.”

    PLURAL+ supports young people’s expression of their opinions by providing them with a variety of media platforms and distribution networks, including broadcasts, video festivals, conferences and events around the world. PLURAL+ also reinforces the firm belief of IOM and UNAOC that youth are powerful and creative agents of social change.

    A prestigious international jury will select three winners in each age categories (9-12, 13-17, and 18-25). All the winners will be invited to New York, all travel expenses paid, to present their work at the PLURAL + 2013 Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media in December 2013.

    Mariana Araujo, a member of the PLURAL+ 2012 international jury commented, “For me PLURAL+ is the best link between intercultural dialogue and intergenerational justice. I can’t imagine a better way to understand the other but through their own eyes and listen with their ears. With these videos I can internalize their emotions and realities through their stories.”

    PLURAL+ 2013 deadline for video submission is 30 June, 2013.
    Early submissions are encouraged. Further information, including guidelines, regulations, awards, and the entry form can be found at the PLURAL+ website at: www.unaoc.org/pluralplus

    For more information, please contact: plural@unaoc.org

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    Remembrance of the Night of 9 November Pogrom 1938 in 50 countries all over Europe

    november 7th, 2009 Comments off

    Remembrance of the Night of 9 November Pogrom 1938 in 50 countries all over Europe coordinated by UNITED

    ’It happened so it can happen again’
    [Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor]

    Levi warned already after the Holocaust that the incomprehensible hate against a certain group of people is unfortunately not a particular case in history.

    Natalka, a two year old Roma girl from the Czech Republic, suffered serious burns on 80% of her body when three Molotov cocktails were thrown into the family house on 19 April this year. The Czech police suspects some ultra-right extremist leaders for the arson attack.

    In times of violent incidences like this, the work of the UNITED network becomes increasingly important. The network with its 560 supporting organizations from all over Europe is fighting against nationalism, racism and fascism and in support of migrants and refugees.
    Since 1992 the UNITED secretary coordinates the International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism, which takes place on 9 November.

    HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

    The ’Kristallnacht’ pogrom on 9 November 1938, where hundreds of Jewish synagogues, homes and shops were attacked and burnt and numerous Jews were beaten up or even killed, is often seen as the symbolic beginning of the Shoah. The Nazi propaganda called the event cynically the ’Kristallnight’ reducing an horrifying event to the broken glass in the shop windows.

    TODAY’S SITUATION

    We have to be aware that antisemitism and fascism are unfortunately still alive in the modern Europe and did not die with the end of the Second World War.
    Antisemitism is alarmingly wide spread through public discourse in newspapers, on the internet, at public demonstrations and in politic parties.

    As a result of racist and neonazi attacks in Russia at least 48 people were murdered and 253 injured this year, monitored by Sova Center. Shockingly this is only the official number, the actual cypher is estimated to be much higher.

    A right-wing party led by Geert Wilders could enter the European Parliament as the second biggest party of the Netherlands – although in the common sense the Netherlands are still considered a tolerant nation.
    These are only two examples of plenty of shocking events going on in Europe.

    HATRED KILLS – PROTECT YOUR ENVIRONMENT FROM RIGHT-WING EXTREMISM

    Looking at these worrying developments, it is time to get active. We have to be responsible for the world we live in, not supporting right-wing actions by overhearing them, but fighting against them.

    The European-wide campaign on 9 November, the http://www.unitedagainstracism.org/pages/campnov.htm, aims to counteract the uprising right-wing powers in all over the continent.
    71 years after the 9 November pogrom hundreds of activities against fascism and antisemitism are happening in 50 countries all over Europe coordinated by the UNITED secretary.

    They will commemorate the pogrom but also draw attention to contemporary forms of fascism and antisemitism and rise awareness in modern society. The main aim is to raise a common voice against any form of hatred ideology.

    BE INVOLVED IN THE CAMPAIGN – RAISE YOUR PEN – SPREAD THE MESSAGE

    UNITED for Intercultural Action
    European network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants and refugees
    Postbus 413 – NL 1000 AK Amsterdam – phone +31-20-6834778 – fax +31-20-6834582 –
    info@unitedagainstracism.org – www.unitedagainstracism.org

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    Refugee day 20 June

    juni 19th, 2009 Comments off

    I am writing to you from Pakistan as a member of the UNHCR Emergency Response Team.

    I’m sure you’ve heard from news coverage that innocent men, women and children are still arriving at the camps. Each one of them has a devastating story to tell.
    As I listen to their tales, I can only feel more motivated to continue my work
    and try to help them.

    Ajij, a 35 year old farmer who recently arrived at the Sugar Mill Camp with his wife and five children told me that they could hear the shelling and bombing every-day, his house was destroyed. He believes they will lose all of their crops. The heat in the camps is too hard for my children, he conceded, I want to go back to my village.

    Another man and his wife cried in front of me. They were ashamed of having
    fled the bombings near their home. They had no other choice, but they still
    felt ashamed.

    My most tragic encounter happened a few days ago when I met Sapla at a
    hospital in the North West Frontier Province. A bomb hit her home in Swat
    district. Her three-year-old daughter and two other relatives were killed
    by the mortar. Sapla and her three remaining children survived, but they
    are suffering from deep burns and are in constant pain.

    I hope you can join me in my effort to try to help people like Ajij and Sapla.

    I’m not sure how or if the coming World Refugee Day will be marked here
    in the camps in Pakistan, but I do know that your support will allow
    families to continue hoping that some day they will be able to go back
    home in safety and dignity.

    Please give shelter and hope today.

    Yours truly,

    Hlne Caux
    UNHCR Officer

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    Let them to survive…

    maj 4th, 2009 Comments off

    Today is 40 days when one 14 years Roma girl was suicide. According to Russian Orthodox Church tradition, 40 days its symbolic. It was in Tolochin, small town in Vitebsk region. According to Tolochin branch office of Party of Communists of Belarus, today, local library membership card is the only one document which certificated her existence in that life. There was no birthday certificate, no medical card, no school attendance certificate; nothing left…Nothing left, except just simple short piece of paper,
    librarian membership card. According to local leader of Tolochin branch office of Party of Communists of Belarus, officially there is no evidence about Natalia Tumarevich’s existence in Tolochin!!!

    Natalia Tumarevich was typical Roma girl. Nice, bold, funny girl with whole life in front of her. How did she live? What dreams she had? What she liked? We don’t know…

    What have happened in Belarus with Roma? What is going on in Belarus? Suicide’s a not characteristic of Roma community. Roma people has very high survival rate everywhere. But everything has an edge even Roma survival rate.

    Roma living conditions are very far from ideal everywhere, it’s true. Different numbers of Roma population in Belarus. I would say something about 25000. Approximately 97 percent of total Roma population is totally unemployment. More then 90 percent didn’t finish secondary school. There are no Roma school, no Roma newspapers, no Roma classes, no cultural programs, nothing. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that but it is. People are existing in Belarus without any kind of positive attention from Belarusian government. In the same time TV channels disseminating different stereotypes about Roma people, doing that with the great pleasure, doing everyday… Attention for Roma people in Belarus directed to discriminate them, to prevent, to separate them from education, from job, from the progress. It’s not a single case, it’s Belarusian state policy to discriminate Roma people!!!

    Stop to left “*librarian membership cards*”, stop it now. We are people like everyone else. And we will live our life like a people!!!

    For everyone I want to appeal with this. Imagine, please, how many Natalia Tumarevich’s are in your country? Some of them are very close too you, somewhere next too you. Probably, everyday you meet people like Natalia. Remember, Natalia Tumarevich still leaving in your city, in your town, in your country and you are in position to help her. We can’t resurrect poor Roma girl from Belarus but what we can do is to stop our indifference to people like Natalia. Let them to survive…

    Kalinin Nicolas
    Delegate in European Roma Travelers Forum
    Member in Federation of European Roma Young People

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    Gipsies in Belarus

    mars 23rd, 2009 Comments off

    *Last news from Belarus:*
    Police use violence during anti-Gypsy raid

    * http://spring96.org/en/news/27114/*

    On 5 January officers of Partyzanski district police department of Minsk
    detained more than 80 representatives of Gypsy minority in the Suburb of
    Stsiapianka and took fingerprints from them.

    All of the detainees were videoed for the police archive. The detainees
    accuse the police of self-will and lawlessness. One of them said that at
    8.30 a.m. the police burst at the house where his family lived. ‘They did
    not knock on the door. They ran, knocked everybody down and shouted: ‘Lie
    down, bitches!’ We had to lie on the floor for almost 40 minutes almost
    nude, as most of us were sleeping when it all started.

    Then they started a search without showing any warrant. They did not even
    tell they were from the police. They asked an elderly woman where she kept
    her gold. Then they lined us up and led to their bus…’ told one of the
    victims.

    ‘All our neighbors watched it… They took us to the police where there were
    about 70-80 Gypsies already. They told they would take our fingerprints and
    then would let us go. We returned home only at 4 p.m. They told us: ‘Have
    you heard about the terroristic action?’ Now they are making terrorists out
    of us,’ he added.

    Some other people were detained outdoors. ‘While I was driving my car out of
    the yard, three people in masks overlapped the way. They pulled me out,
    threw me into the snow and started beating. I have a black eye, and they
    fractured my leg,’ said another detainee.

    ‘We told the police we would complain against them. They answered that then
    they would find some drugs at our place next time and would hold such raids
    every month,’ he said

    *Kalinin** Nicolas*

    *Delegate in European Roma Travelers Forum*

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    About the Immigrant Institute

    maj 29th, 2007 Comments off
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