ADC Memorial

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"The main condition in compliance with Human Rights principles should be non-discriminatory realisation of all the rights of each person."

The Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial (Brussels) is a non-profit organisation that protects and advocates the rights of minorities and vulnerable groups against any form of racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia in the former Soviet Union.

 

The ADC Memorial action takes shape in different strategies, ranging from legal assistance and advocacy to human rights education by means of reports in the Bulletin of ADC Memorial, regular op-eds and columns and research publications of a series of books and secondary materials for teachers and human rights defenders. 

What You Will Do As An Intern

  • preparatory desk research; 

  • study of EU advocacy methods;

  • legal analysis of human rights situations, focused on discrimination, minority rights and migrant rights;

  • advocate the response of the International Bodies (EC, EP, CoE and UN) to the Human Rights violations in regions of the former Soviet Union

*ADC Memorial action is focused on Russia (where the NGO is originally from), Central Asia and Eastern Europe (Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova), as well as Southern Caucasus. Hence, a special interest in these areas is an asset.

Eligibility Criteria

  • professional level of English. Russian could be advantage.

  • Interest in Human Rights, Minorities rights, Women rights in Eastern Europe.

  • Interest in EU Advocacy work and strategic litigation.

  • Good knowledge of work on the Human Rights data 

  • Experience in promoting info on-line is an asset.

Timing and Duration

At least 2 months, between February and June 2021. 

Area of Work and Publications 
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#CROSSBORDERCHILDHOOD

ADC Memorial advocates for the implementation of modern forms of regulation concerning the return of children to their countries. The regulation, as it currently stands under the outdated Chisinau Agreement, provides for the placement of children, often separated from their families, for mere administrative purposes. This type of return via "transit institutions" is deemed to be an acceptable deprivation of liberty by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the UN Committee on the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.

 

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ROMA RIGHTS AND RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

ADC Memorial is committed to report instances of structured discrimination against Romani people and to protect their human rights before court. Special focus is devoted to the right to housing and education, which is enhanced by the distribution of educative materials on Romani language and culture. 

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PROTECTION OF THE LABOR RIGHTS OF WOMEN

ADC Memorial has launched a campaign to advocate the removal of lists of types of jobs and professions banned to women ( in all Eastern European and Central Asian countries. 

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PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS OF LGBTI PEOPLE

In recent years, a xenophobic wave has affected Chechnia and the Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk. Here, LGBT+ people live with a very low profile to avoid extrajudicial detentions and arrests, threats, torture, blackmail and the denial of their own existence. ADC Memorial, together with the Center for Civil Liberties (FIDH), have launched this campaign to show international solidarity to LGBT+ people in these regions and push for a change. 

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STATELESSNESS

ADC Memorial promotes the protections of human rights of all those individual who are deemed to be stateless. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, there are currently an estimated 12 million stateless people in the world, 178,000 of these are in Russia.  

Do you see yourself working in the ADC Memorial team? Are you driven to promote and protect human rights in the former regions of the Soviet Union? 

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