Updates on COMIR - Consortium of Minority Resources


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Subject: Updates on COMIR - Consortium of Minority Resources

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Updates on COMIR - Consortium of Minority Resources


COMIR Consortium of Minority Resources
http://www.comir.net
Contact COMIR at
comirnews@yahoogroups.com
 
WHAT IS COMIR?
 
COMIR is a network of leading organizations working in the field of
ethnic relations and minority rights in the OSCE region. The
Consortium was founded in February 2000 in Budapest.
 
COMIR is a point of reference and does not take positions of its own.
It is a clearinghouse of current information made available to
decision-makers, scholars, practitioners and to the general public in
an accessible and timely structure.
 
COMIR is an internet-based cooperative initiative that aims to promote
the free flow of information and dialogue in the field of ethnic
relations, multicultural politics and minority rights. COMIR also aims
to support democratic governance of multiethnic and multinational
societies.
 
The mission of COMIR is to provide up-to-date online information to
NGOs, minorities, policy-makers, public officials, scholars and media
at the international, national and local levels.
 
COMIR does not take an advocacy approach. It does not act on behalf of
either minority groups or governments. Rather, it promotes the
approach of providing protection for minorities in an integrated
perspective where minority issues are perceived and dealt with as an
issue and concern of the whole society.
 
COMIR believes that minorities and governments should not be in
opposition to each other but that they need to cooperate with each
other to promote peace and security in the OSCE region.
 

COMIR Activities

The web site of COMIR is being developed to make easily available
reports, case studies, legal documents and other publications on all
European ethnic minorities and related topics.
 
Furthermore, COMIR offers a range of services to international
organizations, governments, and policy-makers thus assisting them in
their everyday work by providing relevant information, reports,
research and expertise in this field.
 
1.    COORDINATION OF INFORMATION RESOURCES

      COMIR Database, Clearinghouse of Information on Minority
      and Multiethnic Policy Issues, LGI, Hungary,
      lgi.osi.hu/comir/db
 
2.    PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS OF STANDARDS AND LEGISLATION
 
      Database of Minority-Related National Legislation in Post-
      Communist States of Central and Eastern Europe and the
      Balkan Region, MINELRES, Latvia,
      http://www.riga.lv/minelres/NationalLegislation/natleg.htm
 
      Minority Rights Information System, European Academy of
      Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
 
      Advancing the Interpretation of the Framework Convention
      for the Protection of National Minorities through State
      Practice, ECMI, Germany
 
3.    NEWS REPORTING AND DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION
 
      Balkan Human Rights Web Pages, CEDIME-SE, Greece,
      http://www.greekhelsinki.gr

      MINority ELectronic RESources Project, MINELRES, Latvia,
      http://www.riga.lv/minelres
 
      Electronic Map of Ethnopolitical Conflict in Europe, ECMI,
      Germany

4.    CAPACITY BUILDING
 
      Program on Advocacy and Rights Training, Mentoring and
      Counseling of Minority Activists, MRG, United Kingdom, and
      CEDIME-SE, Greece
 
5.    PROMOTION OF STATE-NGO-IGO DIALOG
 
      Database for the Documentation and Promotion of State-NGO-
      IGO Dialogue, CEDIME-SE, Greece
 

The following organizations are members of COMIR:
 
Balkan Academic News, Budapest, Hungary
 
Center for Documentation and Information on Minorities in
Europe-Southeast Europe, Glyka Nera, Greece
 
Constitutional and Legal Policy Institute, Budapest, Hungary

Ethnocultural Diversity Research Center, Cluj, Romania
 
European Academy, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
 
European Centre for Minority Issues, Flensburg, Germany
 
European Roma Rights Center, Budapest, Hungary

Forum Institute, Galanta, Slovakia

Human Rights Watch, New York, United States

International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, Vienna, Austria
 
LGI Managing Multiethnic Communities Project, Budapest, Hungary
 
MINELRES Project, Riga, Latvia
 
Minority Rights Group International, London, United Kingdom
 
World Organization Against Torture, Geneva, Switzerland
 

Please visit http://www.comir.net and contact
Ms. Snjezana Bokulic, COMIR Coordinator  at
comirnews@yahoogroups.com for additional information.
 
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