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Ethnic Relations: Eastern Europe

MINELRES: MINELRES-L (Electronic Resources on Minorities) is a discussion list devoted to minority issues in Central and Eastern Europe. The list is moderated by Boris Tsilevich, of the Center for Educational and Social Research in Riga, Latvia, with the support of several academic research groups in Germany, Slovakia, Canada, Latvia and Russia. Its aims are to provide a forum for discussion of minority and human rights issues in Central and Eastern Europe; to archive and make available information concerning the relevant treaties, laws, NGOS, statistics and publications in the area; and to facilitate human rights NGOs in their use of the internet. To subscribe, send a message to LISTSERV@RIGA.LV saying: SUBSCRIBE MINELRES-L Firstname Lastname. For more information, contact the list moderator (MINELRES@MAILBOX.RIGA.LV) or, go to the website: http://www.riga.lv/minelres/index.html

VIRTUAL BIBLIOGRAPHY ON ETHNIC RELATIONS IN EASTERN EUROPE: The Virtual Library of Internet Resources on National and Ethnic Minorities in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union contains mailing lists, virtual databases and useful lists of web links to government bodies, university departments and relevant research centers. The aim of this website is to "provide researchers, scholars, rights advocates, and professionals with guidance in accessing information on national and ethnic minorities in CEE and the FSU." The Virtual Bibliography cab be accessed at: http://lgi.osi.hu/ethnic/WebLibrary/

EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR MINORITIES OF EUROPE: (ECMI) is an independent institution providing advice on issues related to ethnic minorities and majorities in a European perspective, conducting interdisciplinary research and contributing to the improvement of minority-majority relations in those parts of Europe where ethnic tension and ethnopolitical conflict prevail. It is a binational enterprise established in 1996 by agreement between the governments of Denmark and Germany. It is located in Flensburg, Germany's northernmost town with a large Danish minority. Amongst its activities include a lecture series, a summer course for students from European minority areas, seminars and workshops on ethnic conflict in Eastern and Central Europe. It will also be collecting and disseminating information on inter-ethnic and minority-majority relations; building up a library on inter-ethnic relations, minority issues and ethnopolitical conflict in Europe; setting up a regularly updated full text databank on minority legislation in the individual countries of Europe and on an all-European level; participating in research networks on minority issues and trying to function as a hub for research-oriented information; and publishing a "European Yearbook on Minority Issues". For more information, contact the ECMI at: info@ecmi.de, or look up the ECMI website at: http://www.ecmi.de/

PER: This is the website for the Princeton-based "Project on Ethnic Relations" (PER), founded in 1991 in anticipation of the serious inter-ethnic conflicts in the post-communist world. PER conducts programs of intervention and dialogue, and mediates in several disputes in the region. It also conducts programs of training, education and research at international, national and community levels. The website contains many interesting reports on particular countries or regions (eg., the Balkans, Slovakia, Romania), groups (eg., the Roma) or more general topics (eg., the role of the media; East-West relations), as well as back-issues of the PER bulletin: http://www.per-usa.org

COMIR: Consortium of Minority Resources is an internet-based cooperative project that aims at promoting the free flow of information and dialogue in the field of ethnic relations, multicultural politics and minority rights.  The founding organizations of the Consortium include Balkan Academic News, Center for Documentation and Information on Minorities in Europe South East Europe (CEDIME-SE), Constitutional and Legal Policy Institute, Europan Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), European Roma Rights Centre, The Forum Institute, Human Rights Watch, International Helsinki Federation of Human Rights, LGI Managing Multiethnic Communities Project, MINELRES Project, and Minority Rights Group International.  COMIR's aim is to establish a clearing house of activities relevant to Europe (OSCE region) to support democratic governance of multiethnic and multinational societies.  Major initiatives include a Virtual Library, coordinated mailing lists, a search engine, a Minority Rights Practitioners Resource Pack etc.   http://www.osi.hu/lgi/comir/

ETHNOBAROMETER: The Ethnobarometer Programme (EP) is a monitoring and reporting system of the state of ethnic relations in Western and Eastern Europe, which started with twelve initial countries in 1998. The programme's aim is to provide independent and research-based reports on levels of racism, xenophobia, and ethnic conflict in selected countries of Central, Eastern and Western Europe. The programme monitors events, highlights areas of tension, and identifies relevant topics for further research. Its focus encompasses both territorial minorities and communities of recent migrant origin. EP is coordinated by Alessandro Silj (Italian Social Science Council) and Malcolm Cross (Centre for European Migration and Ethnic Studies, CEMES). The scope of ethnic claims range from a quest for entry into the polity (e.g. demands for legal residence rights) to that of exit from it (e.g. demands for secession) by way of equity within it (i.e. cultural pluralism). The Ethnobarometer Programme monitors and evaluates both Eastern and Western Countries that involve both forms of cultural diversity. For further information, visit the CEMES web site: http://www.ethnobarometer.org/ or contact Malcolm Cross, Centre for European Migration and Ethnic Studies (CEMES), PO Box 4, Torpoint PL11 3YN, U.K., phone: 44-1503-230030, fax 44-1503-230031, e-mail: director@cemes.org

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