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- Conference Reports
- Civil Society
- Economic Transition
- Human Rights
- Media & Technology
- Political Transition
A successful International Community Schools Conference was
held in Omsk, Russia, October 9-13. "Over 130 people from 12 countries
and 23 regions of Russia participated. The goal of the conference was to
establish understanding and partnership between government education
departments and the community school movement. Click
here, for the full report on this unusual conference by Tatiana Buinovskaya ...
Report on Osh conference on Democracy and Religion, March 24-25, sponsored by Central Asian Media Support Project.
Kharkiv Declaration Adopted by the International Conference "Strengthening of
Connections between NGO's for Increased Influence on the
Democratization Process in Ukraine" that took place in October
- The Big Chill. Civil Society in Russia in a New
Political Season An article by Mary McAuley in the Ford Foundation Report,
Bush A Communitarian? An article appearing in the February 1, 2001 edition
of the Washington Post, discussing the difficulty in pinning an ideological
tail on the nascent Bush White House. The article notes, "His actions have less to do with the left vs. right, they
say, than with his embrace of many of the ideas contained in the
movement known as 'communitarianism,' which places the importance of society ahead
of the unfettered rights of the individual."
- Address to the Saeima and the Cabinet of Ministers
of the Republic of Latvia Statement at the Conference of Parents of Latvia "To Study in Mother Tongue",
which was organized by the NGO LASHOR, November 25, 2000.
- Courageous Mothers Make Russia Quake, Government and War No Match for Russian Women Article by Kathy Lally appearing in the Baltimore Sun, November 20, 1999, about a leader of the Nizhny Novgorod section of the Committee of Soldiers' Mothers, and her work in Chechnya. Taken from the Johnson Russia List.
- Faces and Places: Reflections on
Ukraine's Civil Society Article by Myron Kuropas, columnist
for the Ukrainian Weekly, reflects on the lack of
a moral consensus in Ukrainian society and its
involvement in the present problems in the development of
civil society in Ukraine and the former Soviet Union. January 18, 1998
Is To Be Done?" An essay by Dr. Ron Pope of the
Serendipity Project in Vladimir discussing strategies for
improving the economic climate in Russia, favoring an
increased emphasis on small business over large-scale
by Václav Havel, President of the Czech Republic An
English translation of an address Havel gave to the Czech
Parliament in December 1997. It sums up the successes and
failings of the Czech economic transformation and its
attempt to build a civil society.
- About Boards of Trustees--and More, A translation of an article by Tamara
Epanchintseva, first published in the Russian magazine, "Teachers' Gazette" (Uchitelskaya Gazeta), on the emerging phenomenon of school-community foundations in Russia.
- Doors to Democracy -
Current Trends and Practices in Public Participation in
Environmental Decisionmaking in Central and Eastern
Europe, June 1998
- Remarks by Ilyas Akhmadov, Foreign Minister of
Chechnya At the National Press Club, March 23, 2001
- Press Conference with Sergei Kovalyov, Alexei
Simonov, Lev Ponomaryov, and other human rights defenders [AIF News
Agency, 12:00, January 17, 2001] Source: Federal News Service.
- Hot Line Report No. 9, December 2000
Report from Azerbaijan Electoral Rights Protection Hotline on electoral
abuses in the November 5, 2000 parliamentary elections.
- "Chechnya: the International Community and Strategies for Peace
and Stability". Full text online version of this recent
- The Los Angeles Times ran two excellent articles on Chechnya,
September 17-18, 2000, titled War Has No
Rules for Russian Forces Battling Chechen Rebels, and Chechnya's Grimmest
Industry. Links to a Russian-language version of the first article can be found at the pages above.
- In After Kosovo and Chechnya, Russian Duma
representative and former Human Rights Commission head, Sergei Kovalev,
reflects on the two conflicts and their implications for world order. He
calls on Council of Europe members to "utilize the international judicial mechanism they have at their
disposal...[to] initiate a suit through the Strasbourg Court on Human Rights so that Europe and Russia could investigate the human rights abuses and violations of the humanitarian rules of war in Chechnya..."
- Open Letter to the Council of Europe From Russian NGOs, on the subject of Russian military violations in
- Human Rights in Russia
A brief summary of ASI Special bulletin no. 24 covering
various human rights issues in Russia. English or Russian
Decie, who is a
major force in the "community schools movement" and helped
organize the conference described above, has been denied the right to leave
Russia, allegedly for tax law violations. A recent story in his home
newspaper, the Newburyport Daily News,
reports on an interview with Decie's worried father.
Defamation, Principles on Freedom of Expression and Protection of Reputation,
is London-based Article19's newest publication. It discusses and sets out legal standards
for establishing an appropriate balance between protecting freedom of expression and
protecting individual reputations against wrongful defamation.
- Rights of Lawyers in Azerbaijan Two legal cases reached the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan in recent weeks that
test the judiciary's will to defend the rights of lawyers who have
increasing come under fire since a post-election government crackdown on the
opposition begun last fall.
- Restrictions on Belarusian NGOs by President Lukashenko
A text version of Decree N8 "On Certain Measures of Regulation of the Procedure of Receipt and Use of the Foreign
Neath's Definition of a Non-profit Organization It
is argued that there is much confusion amongst academic and policy analysts,
the policy makers of government and other institutions and the general lay
public over what is meant by the various institutions that make up the private
social welfare sector. This paper concludes with a taxonomy of
terminology reflecting this distinction. (Note: This link will result in
an automatic download of an eleven page document)
- Sins of NGOs An excerpted article from The Economist
discusses the drawbacks of NGOs.
- How and Why NGOs
are Created The result of a survey regarding the
Moldovan third sector given to the general public,
government agencies and NGOs themselves. In Russian and
- How successful are NGOs and their
funders in CEE? A brief introduction to a new report
by the Regional Environmental Center in Hungary. Focuses
on specific needs and problems of NGOs on a regional
level, and on the national level in 15 CEE countries.
- Directories of NGOs in Russia and
Ukraine Collected by CSI volunteer, Catriona Logan,
on her recent trip to Russia. Directories are in Russian
and contact information is provided.
- Cemetery Bombing: NGOs and the
Mafia Analysis of November 10 cemetary bombing in
Moscow by the Open Media Research Institute. Also
includes information on OMRI publications.
- NGOs Under Challenge:
Dynamics and Drawbacks in Development, published by
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, 1998
- The Rebirth of the Nonprofit
Sector in Post-communist Eastern Europe An article by Randall J.
Davis. The development of a strong, independent
indigenous non-profit center is challenged by limited
resources, inadequate legal structures, ideological
remnants of communism, and attitudes of skepticism toward
- Faces and Places: Will NGOs
Survive in Ukraine? An article by Myron Kuropas, columnist for
the Ukrainian Weekly, raises questions about the
efficacy of US government policies supporting the
creation of NGOs in post-Soviet societies. While he
exaggerates the amounts of money ("billions of
dollars") invested in this effort, many of the
questions he raises are important ones. August 31, 1997
Media & Technology
- Foreign Funding of Social Movements in Russia A
paper by Valerie Sperling analyzing the impact of foreign funding on the internal dynamics of the
Russian women's movement.
- Charity of Strangers? Philanthropy
in the Russian Commercial Sector Analytical report
resulting from a detailed survey by Interlegal, Moscow
focusing on the growing philanthropy of Russia's
- Civil Society and
the Aid Industry The fifth research update from the
North-South Institute's research on Civil Society. Case
studies on Hungary, Peru, Kenya and Sri Lanka.
of Philanthropy A recent issue printed several stories about the
difficulties facing the emerging charity sector in
Russia. The following are the important points made by
- Ecologia Newsletter
From November 1996 which focuses on philanthropy and the
expansion of Civil Society. Topics include corporate
giving in Central Europe, funding by private philanthropists, and the use of the Internet to encourage
- "The Nature of the Russian
Transformation: The Search for Legitimacy in a Time
of Trouble." by James Billington, Librarian of
Congress and noted Russian historian.
- Documents on the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe Published by the
Danish United Nations Association, this collection of
essays covers such topics as: military co-operation,
civil society, organized crime, and energy and
- Speech by Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright Given April 17, 2000 at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
- "Several Objections to
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn" A commentary written by
the Editor and Chief of the Russian-language human rights
newspaper Express Khronika, Aleksandr Podrabinek,
in response to an article by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn which
appeared in Le Monde.
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