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Youth Human Rights Movement

Invitation: "Combating Racism: Non-violent Strategies and Tactics"

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Dear friends and colleagues!

We invite you to participate in the international conference:

"Combating Racism: Non-violent Strategies and Tactics"
Voronezh, Russia
April 21-23, 2010

This conference is a continuation of a long-term cooperation between the European network UNITED for Intercultural Action and the Youth Human Rights Movement (YHRM). We see this conference as a meeting place for around 65 Russian speaking activists, representatives of anti-racist organisations and groups, young educators and journalists - all those who want to discuss urgent questions and challenges, share their experience and successful practices, find new allies and partners, etc.
During the conference we will gladly discuss your ideas and projects, some of which may find support from the YHRM micro-grants programme.

The following sections are scheduled within the conference:
- discussion of contemporary challenges and problems of anti-racist activity in Russia and Europe;
- presentation of successful practices and new tactics;
- development of possible non-violent youth actions against racism and discrimination;
- presentation of international networks and initiatives that are open for participation;
- and many others.

Experts of the European network UNITED for Intercultural Action, the Youth Human Rights Movement, the Moscow Helsinki Group, the 'GROZA' movement and others will participate in the conference. The representatives of OSCE, European Commission and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands are also supposed to participate.

The conference programme includes a number of open discussions, workshops, master-classes and expert report. You can also contribute to forming the programme.

The main conference language will be Russian. Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of Russian.

We invite everyone involved in youth actions against racism and discrimination and interested in cooperation with the European network UNITED for Intercultural Action and the Youth Human Rights Movement.

Looking forward to meet you!

The conference prep-team:
Anastasia Nikitina and Irina Aksenova
phone +7 4732 54 55 29, fax +7 4732 54 55 30

Geert Ates
phone +31-20-6834778

This conference will be held within the project 'Civil organizations serving society: youth actions against racism, nationalism and xenophobia and for human rights and multicultural dialogue', supported by the MATRA program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and within the project 'Building partnership for successful non-violent youth action to promote human rights culture, tolerance and inter-cultural dialogue', supported by the Delegation of European Commission to Russian Federation.