Time to fight against discrimination


The United Nations declared last week of March as Week Against Racism, and the Council of Europe declared first week of April as Week of United Resistance to Homophobia and Discrimination Against Sexual Minorities. The Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial invites the media to participate in the events timed to coincide with the dates of protection of discrimination victims.

Conference “Types of discrimination, methods and examples of advocacy against discrimination” will be held on April 3, 2011 in the ADC Memorial office (St Petersburg, 7 Krasnoarmeyskaya, 25/14, office 410). The conference will start at 11 a.m. and will last for 5 hours. Experts in international methods of advocacy against discrimination and famous lawyers will talk about positive discrimination, lack of its realisation in Russia and ethnic discrimination, opportunity to defence against it in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; defense against LGBT discrimination (lawyer Dmitry Bartenev) and advocacy of stateless persons’ rights on the example of the ECHR practice (lawyer Olga Tseitlina).

Representatives of vulnerable groups, public organisations, lawyers and all interested in the topic are welcome to participate.

On April 8, International Roma Day is celebrated. The ADC Memorial traditionally organises celebrations for Roma children and events which give a chance to better understanding of the bright world of Romani culture and the difficulties Roma people face. This year on the 7th of April from 2 till 4 p.m. at Rubinshteina str., 13, Roma children from the settlement of Peri in the Leningrad district will organise a performance called “Romani Capoeira.” Settlement children under the leading of the coaches of the St Petersburg group Mundo Capoeira will perform elements of the martial arts dance invented by black slaves in Brazil. This dance became a symbol of culture fusion and fight for freedom. The event will be organised in the White hall of just reconstructed children’s musical theatre “Zazerkalye” (Wonderland). The theatre always supports the ideas of tolerance and seeks for broadening the borders of human mutual understanding with the help of art.

Journalists are welcome to participate in these events.

Contact person: Stephaniya Kulayeva, phone number 9408301, e-mail stephaniya@memorial.spb.ru

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