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We offer you our latest publication – Hate Speech. A guidebook for activists of NGOs. This practical compendium was developed and published thanks to the support granted by Stefan Batory Foundation under the program Democracy in Action.
We are very sad to see off Professor Jerzy Szacki who died on October 25 2016. He was an outstanding sociologist, co-creator of the Warsaw school of historians of idea, one of the founders of our Association, the member of the jury of Jan Józef Lipski Competition.
We published a statement of the Initiative Hands off ul. Dąbrowszczaków and of the Warsaw Revolutionary Choir Warszawianka regarding the nationalist attack on the celebrations of the 80th anniversary of establishing International Brigades.
Over 90 NGOs from all over the world, including The Open Republic, Association against Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia, signed the appeal to the Polish President and the Prime Minister, calling upon them to implement recommendations relating to protection of the rule of law presented by the European Commission at the beginning of July 2016. It was stressed that implementation of these recommendations “is the first step toward restoring in Poland full protection of the rule of law principle.”
Last weekend a group of those who do not consent to the spreading barbarism expressing itself in destruction of graves and tombstones went to Werchrata. Recently the tombstones of the Ukrainian community are the victim of these barbarian acts. „This is why looking at the destroyed graves in Werchrata and Monasterz we call: let’s come to our senses!”
On October 15 we once again celebrated the Day of Solidarity with Refugees. The Defilade Square in Warsaw was a place of a demonstration “Warsaw against Racism”, during which Paula Sawicka – the Chairwoman of the Program Board of the Open Republic delivered a speech.
Sawicka quoted the words of Marek Edelman that anyone who turns his head when another man is being harmed, is co-responsible for evil.
„Statistically, every seven and a half hours an offence based on the race, ethnic or religious hate is committed in Poland” – this is how we announced the celebrations of yet another Day of Solidarity with Refugees, which are to take place on October 15 under the motto “Poles against racism and violence”.
Celebration was organized by the Initiative With Bread and Salt, together with Stefan Batory Foundation.
With great sadness we see off Andrzej Wajda, who died on October 9, 2016. He was for many years the member of the Open Republic Association. In his films and theater performances he promoted the idea of the free and democratic society.
Open Republic Association signed two statements initiated by Love does not Exclude Association, which contain a strong protest against spreading condemnation and hostility toward non-heterosexual persons.