On 25 August, the Caravan team held 3 more events in Warsaw. 37 people took part in them.
Discussion lecture “Human Rights Lawyer: Concept and Perspectives”
Human rights lawyer is a new status in the field of human rights protection, which has evolved in the context of marginalisation of the very institution of human rights protection by a number of states as a response to unfriendly actions of states.
The event addressed the problems of the status of human rights lawyers in the field of human rights protection.
A special discussion was held on the issues of understanding the essence of the new status, the difference between human rights lawyers and human rights defenders and lawyers acting in national jurisdiction, and the prospects for the development of the status and its consolidation in international and national law.
Lecture “Why do you need a lawyer?”
The participants of this meeting discussed topical issues of applying for legal aid, peculiarities of choosing a lawyer, specifics of interaction between a lawyer and a client, and the prospects of the institute of advocacy in Belarus.
Representatives of the Belarusian Association of Human Rights Lawyers answered the participants’ questions about the bar, about the practice of working as a lawyer after August 2020. They also gave recommendations on the safe return of activists to Belarus. The participants of the event asked questions, shared their experiences, and actively participated in the discussion of problematic issues.
Working Meeting ” Citizenship Education in Europe: Experience and Opportunities for Organisations Working with Forced Migrants from Belarus”
The meeting was attended by providers of civic education oriented to work with Belarusians who were forced to leave their country and move to Poland and other countries.
During the working meeting the activities of international organisations working in the field of civic education (Bpb, EENCE, NECE, DARE) were presented.
Problems and perspectives of civic education programmes for forced migrants were also discussed and ideas for cooperation in the field of civic education of forced migrants were collected.
The participants of the meeting noted the importance of such a discussion:
“It’s like a breath of air in these times. The meeting gave us a new perspective on what we do”.
For security reasons, it was impossible to take photos of the participants, which once again confirms the difficult conditions in which forced migrants live (many of them are still threatened with persecution by the Belarusan authorities).
The event is organized by a consortium of EENCE experts and organizations in the framework of the project “EENCE Citizenship Education Caravan”, funded by the Federal Agency for Citizenship Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung / bpb) with funds allocated by the German Federal Foreign Office, program “Enhancing cooperation with civil society in the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia”. The project is implemented by the NGO Incubator of Democratic Initiatives (Ukraine).