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Ideas for Europe: A Minority Rights Perspective on Europe’s Refugees and Migrants

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16 November 2017| 10:00 – 16:00
Hotel Mercure Korona, Budapest, Kecskeméti u. 14, 1053

To a large degree, the questions of minority rights for Europe’s traditional or long-settled minority communities and the rights of new migrants or refugees have been treated separately, both institutionally and in practice. Of course, they have many challenges in common, not least the promotion of diversity and the struggle against racism. However, the potential contribution of minority rights standards and mechanisms to ensure effective inclusion of Europe’s migrant ‘crisis’ is relatively unexplored. To explore the idea of a minority-rights-based approach, in both practice, public policy and normative development for civil society organisations and decision-makers, Minority Rights Group (MRG) is hosting this forthcoming seminar with the participation of experts, drawing on experience from around the globe. The event will also present a new MRG report A Minority-Rights-Based Approach to Social Inclusion for Asylum Seekers, Migrants and Refugees’.

Confirmed speakers:
Michael Ignatieff  – President and Rector of Central European University
Gay McDougall – UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination & former UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues
Mark Lattimer – Executive Director, Minority Rights Group International
Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernandez – Centre Maurits Coppieters
Stephanie Berry – University of Sussex
Balint Josa – UNITED for Intercultural Action
Karen Mets – Save the Children
Adam Weiss – European Roma Rights Centre
Willy Mutunga – Retired Chief Justice of Kenya and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya
Mahdis Keshavarz – Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists’ Association
Albert Barume – African Representative to the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Anna-Maria Biro – Director, Tom Lantos Institute
Nadir Redxepi – Executive Director, Roma Education Fund
Zsofia Farkas – Managing Director, Minority Rights Group Europe

Following the Seminar there will be a short reception to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Minority Rights Group’s Budapest-based office, ‘Minority Rights Group Europe’. Lunch will be provided for participants.

You can find all details in the enclosed programme. To confirm your participation, please RSVP to Marta Kubicza. Marta.Kubicza@mrgmail.org
Please indicate if you wish to attend both the Seminar & Reception

The event is organised in partnership with the Centre Maurits Coppieters.

Photo: Collective informal shelter for Yazidis refugees who fled ISIL attacks in Iraq. Credit: Caroline Gluck-EU/ECHO.

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