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Nieuws over politieke trainingen en ontwikkelingen in Oost- en Zuidoost Europa, de Kaukasus, Afrika en het Midden Oosten

Youth Summer Academy Eastern Europe takes place in Lviv, Ukraine

On 19-23 August the sixth annual Summer Academy organised by the British Labour Party, Foundation Max van der Stoel, European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity and partners in Ukraine from the New Social Democratic Platform was held Lviv, Ukraine. The Summer Academy is organised for young social democrats from Eastern Europe and is aimed to help the participants learn new skills in political ideology, campaigning, communication and debating as well as gain enough confidence and knowledge to be able to repeat the training themselves. The participants were selected from social democratic parties from 4 countries - Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. Trainers from the UK and The Netherlands facilitated the training together with trainers from Moldova and Ukraine (who were themselves alumni of previous Summer Academy editions).

Violence in Kyiv following controversial constitutional amendments

In Kyiv three members of the National Guard died as a result of injuries sustained by a grenade explosion during protests in the Ukrainian capital on Monday. A further 140 people, mostly law enforcement officers, were hospitalized after a group of protesters tried to storm the parliament and clashed with the National Guard. The far-right Svoboda party organized protests with the participation of other far right-wing/populist groups, which took place after the parliament voted in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment expanding autonomy to the separatist-held territories in Eastern Ukraine, in accordance to the terms of the second Minsk cease-fire agreement. President Petro Poroshenko puts the blame on ultra-nationalist groups as Svoboda and Right Sector and called the violence “a stab in the back” and “an anti-Ukrainian action”. His prime minister Arseniy Yetsenyuk stated that “so-called pro-Ukrainian political forces” were weakening the country by “opening a second front inside the country”.

Azerbaijan civil society calls for action after death of journalist

An Azerbaijani journalist Rasim Aliyev, age 30, died from internal bleeding in a Baku hospital on August 9 after being beaten the previous day by what he said was a group of supporters of the Qabala FK soccer player Cavid Huseynov. Aliyev said he was attacked due to the criticism he made of Huseynov on his Facebook page. Police have detained several suspects, including Huseynov’s cousin Elsan Ismayilov. Sport for Rights called Aliyev's death a "murder" that shows "critical voices are at greater risk now than ever before". The incident has hit the rock-bottom when it comes to human rights situation in Azerbaijan.

Training voor vrouwen van sociaaldemocratische partijen in Servië

In het weekend van 10 tot 12 juli organiseerde Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS) in samenwerking met het Servische Center of Modern Skills (CMV) een gender- en campagnetraining voor drie sociaaldemocratische partijen in Servië: Democratische Partij (DS), Sociaal Democratische Unie (SDU) en Liga van Sociaaldemocraten uit Vojvodina (LSV). FMS trainers Jamila Aanzi en Kirsten van den Hul reisden naar Kovačica af om de training te verzorgen.

Zomerschool in Macedonië

Van 2 tot 5 juli organiseerde Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS) in samenwerking met Progres Institute for Social Democracy een zomerkamp voor 80 jongeren van de Sociaal Democratische Unie van Macedonië (SDSM). FMS trainers Anne Gruamans, Kaj Leers, Ingrid van Breda, Kim de Jong en Thijs ‘t Hart reisden naar het mooie Ohrid af (in 2001 werd mede dankzij de aanbevelingen van Max van der Stoel het Ohrid Akkoord getekend tussen de Macedonische regering en de Albanese rebellen dat een bloedvergieten voorkwam) om het deel van de zomerkamp dat over campagnevoeren gaat op zich te nemen. Het andere deel, over de politieke situatie in het land, regionale samenwerking, mensenrechten, rechtstaat en sociaaldemocratisch beleid, werd verzorgd door de trainers van de Progres Institute, denktank en opleidingsinstituut van de SDSM.

Russia investigates legitimacy of Baltic States’ independence

The Russian chief prosecutor's office examined whether the Soviet Union acted legally when it recognised the Baltic states' independence in 1991. A source related to the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, accepted an enquiry previously made by two members of the Russian Duma (parliament) - Anton Romanov, and Yevgeny Fyodorov; both members of President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party. In their letter, Fyodorov and Romanov, said the 1991 decision to recognise Baltic independence had been taken "by an unconstitutional body". The State Soviet was an interim assembly formed in September 1991, and comprised the Soviet president and the leaders of 10 of the country's republics. But the Soviet Constitution allowed no provisions for the creation of such a body. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that the move had not come from the Kremlin "We were not familiar with this initiative in the Kremlin, and I am struggling to understand the essence of it," he told reporters. Even though, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office decided these claims have no legal grounds, it has raised strong reactions among Baltic states and their allies.

#ElectricYerevan non-stop protesten in Armenië: “Dit is geen Maidan!”

Sinds 19 juni wordt er geprotesteerd in de Armeense hoofdstad Yerevan en sinds 22 juni gebeurt dit non-stop: demonstranten blijven dag en nacht op straat, spelen muziek en maken schoon onder het toeziend oog van de ME. Een poging om ze uiteen te drijven heeft er alleen toe geleid dat zich nóg meer mensen bij het protest aansloten. Buitenlandse media vergeleken de protesten al snel met de Oekraïnse Maidan, iets waar de demonstranten niet blij mee zijn. Via alle mogelijke kanalen laten ze de wereld weten: dit is geen revolutie, we zijn niet uit op een Maidan.

Armenian activists intensify ‘#ElectricYerevan’ protest against electricity price hike

Under the hashtag ElectricYerevan Armenian protestors today have continued what is one of the largest protests in Armenia’s capital in recent years. A day earlier over 200 protestors and journalists were arrested as they were marching towards the presidential palace, which the police tried to prevent by forming a barricade on one of Yerevan’s main roads, Baghramyan avenue.

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