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On November 24 – 27 2016 the Annual Meeting of EGAM (European Grassroots Antiracist Movement), association of European human rights organizations, to which the Open Republic belongs, was held in Warsaw.
During the four-days meeting activists from all Europe, but also from other countries, discussed the subjects connected with human rights protection and activity of their organizations. Among numerous points on the agenda two issues require special mentioning – international consultations in the Parliament and public debate in POLIN museum. read more…
On November 23, 2016 the Extraordinary Meeting of Polish Ethnologists and Anthropologists entitled Anthropology against Discrimination was held in Poznań. One of the speakers was Professor Krzysztof Podemski representing Institute of Sociology of Adam Mickiewicz University and being a member of the Open Republic’s Management Board. He said: „I am concerned about the fact that Poland – once a multi-cultural country – is now one of the most homogenous countries. Vast majority of Poles has no multi-cultural experience. We should promote versatility. We speak about tolerance and anti-discrimination, and we should speak about affirmation of multi-cultural approach, we should make people realize that multi-culture is an enrichment of our society’s culture”.
On November 9, the 11th debate of the Open Republic and Polski Theater took place in Warsaw. It was entitled “A good teacher – what is he/she like? … or about the role, duties and responsibility of a teacher” and was dedicated to the memory of two outstanding teachers – Anna Radziwiłł and Mirosław Sawicki. They will remain in the grateful memory of their students and colleagues. They were surely good teachers, even though they had to teach in the difficult times of the communist regime.
„We, the undersigned, express our strong protest against the way in which the editorial office and journalists of the main newsreel “Wiadomości” and of other TVP programs present the environment of NGOs, undermining their credibility and slandering people, who work in these organizations. Insinuations presented in the public media and repeated in news editions that some organizations receive and spend funds in unfair manner, taking advantage of family connections and friendly circles not only harm reputation and image of attacked NGOs, but also the whole movement of active citizens, who get involved in activities for public welfare, working professionally and as volunteers in NGOs” – write representatives of the 3rd sector, including members of the Open Republic Association, in their letter of protest.
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!”