"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 statelessness;
advocate the response of the International Bodies (EC, EP, CoE and UN) to the Human Rights violations in regions of the former Soviet Union.
Are there any non-legal tasks the intern is expected to do?
Law student (Bachelor/Master) or attending law related courses, passionate about human rights.
Knowledge of International Human rights standards, interest in new legal solutions, interest in ECHR and UN HRC
Interns must have a fluent working English, as it is the language of the internship.
Knowledge of Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian and Romanes could be an advantage for research.
Interns must be able to work on-line (on-line meetings, regular reports etc)
Internships are available all year long, preferably after the summer (in July and August are the ADC staff has little time to supervise, hence they encourage to start in June and commit to a longer period of time - see slow internship option below - or to start after the summer with a full-on, part-time or slow-internship).
Any duration can be agreed upon depending on the intern. ADC Memorial is extremely flexible and can arrange:
full-on internships (7.5 hours of work per day, 5 days a week)
part-time internships (4.5 hours of work per day, 5 days a week)
slow internships (2 days per week in a time frame that accommodates the intern's need amount of credits -can take up to one or even two semesters if desired)
Location (in person/online)
Application procedure - YET TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2022
The internship is not remunerated and the intern does not have to pay any fee to ADC Memorial
Covid-19 related Requirements and Regulations
The internship is fully online in order to guarantee an opportunity to all students to join ADC regardless of Covid-19 border restrictions and regulations. Accordingly, ADC Memorial limits itself to encourage interns to respect Covid-19 regulations of the country they reside at the time of the internship.
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Area of Work and Publications
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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