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The Peace Institute's staff, guest researchers and interns regularly attend conferences, courses and seminars related to the Peace Institute's areas of interest, both as lecturers and participants. Find below reports and reflections on such events.

Researcher Sarah Stephan at conference on self-determination

2014-10-23 08:24:21

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From 9 to 11 October 2014 the Department of Geography at the University of Bern in Switzerland hosted a conference on self-determination in Europe focusing on the contemporary challenges in multinational states . Peace Institute researcher Sarah Stephan had the chance to participate and collaborate with colleagues from the European Centre for Minority Issues as a chair and discussant in a panel on self-determination discourses in Eastern Europe. Sarah also presented her research on multi-level governance and the accommodation of autonomies within the EU and the Nordic Council/Council of Ministers in a panel discussing models for the accommodation of self-determination claims.

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Participation in the Nordic forum for new action on women's rights

2014-06-19 09:38:23

On June 12-15 four of the staff members of the Åland Islands Peace Institute (ÅÌPI), Justina Donielaite, Malin Söderberg, Cecilia Brenner and Liselott Lindén took part in the Nordic Forum in Malmö - New Action on Women’s Rights. The overall goal has been to gain new knowledge in the field of strategies and best practices of promoting human rights and equality, particularly focusing on gender mainstreaming in youth activities and prevention of gender based violence.

Project manager Justina Donielaite was interviewed by NIKK about the experiences and lessons learned from the Nordic Forum. Watch the interview below. 

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Read Sarah Stephan’s impressions from Eurac’s summer school in the Academy’s latest newsletter

2013-11-08 12:49:20

Sarah summer school 2013Peace Institute researcher Sarah Stephan participated between 24 June and 5 July in a summer school on Human Rights, minorities and diversity management at the European Academy in Bozen/Bolzano (Eurac). Sarah had the chance to briefly describe her impressions for latest newsletter of the Institute for Minority Rights at Eurac, which you may find here.

 

 

Åland Mediation Officer on study visit to mainland Finland

2013-11-04 13:45:52

Ida 3On October 9 to 12 mediation officer Ida Persson visited mediation offices in Turku and Ekenäs to become acquainted with mediation activities in mainland Finland. Ida met with Pia Slögs who is responsible for the Uusimaa mediation office and with Daniela Sundell, who is a mediation advisor in Turku, at the Southwest Finland mediation agency. Ida gained insights into how mediation activities are conducted at two large mediation agencies and she also gained an understanding of their work practices and approaches.  

In Finland, mediation agencies in recent years have been merged and there are now 18 major agencies, compared to previous 25. All mediation agencies in their turn have branches in major cities. It is also possible to arrange mediation meetings in smaller towns without its own mediation agency.

The Southwest Finland mediation office in Turku has4 four full-time employees, one leading mediation advisor and three mediation advisors. The Åland mediation Office has one half-time employee. On the mainland the volontary mediators mediate many cases per year on a regular basis, one mediator may have 10 to 15 cases per year, compared to about 3-5 cases on Åland.

Mediation Manager participated in summer school on restorative justice

2013-09-13 09:34:39

1014180_683887851640570_1082524974_nFrom the 29th of July until 2nd of August the Manager of the Mediation Office Linda Johansson participated in the summer school ”Restorative justice in intercultural settings: business as usual?” that was arranged by the European Forum for Restorative Justice in cooperation with the Institute for the sociology of law and criminology (IRKS), the research project ”Alternative” and the European Commission in Vienna.

The participation was made possible with support from Grundtvig workshops for adults, through the European Commission’s “Program for lifelong learning”.

During the summer school the participants took part in discussions and role plays concerning intercultural connections to restorative justice and mediation. Study visits were made to local organisations that are active in intercultural environments and with conflict resolution. During the last day of the summer school the participants learnt about the “Alternative” project that includes research on practical experiences on intercultural conflicts, including Roma in Hungary.

Researcher Sarah Stephan participated in summer school in South Tyrol

2013-09-13 09:21:47

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From 24 June to 5 July researcher and project manager at the Åland Islands Peace Institute Sarah Stephan participated in the two-week Summer School on Human Rights, Minorities and Diversity Management which was organised by the Institute for Minority Rights at the European Academy in Bozen/Bolzano. Sarah’s participation was made possible by a personal research grant awarded by the Åland Parliament. This focus of the summer school was on “The revival of self-determination:  opportunities, concerns and challenges”. The summer school was an excellent opportunity to discuss current questions and challenges in the field of Minority Rights and self-determination with 25 colleagues from all over the world and gain new insights into territorial conflicts and solutions. The summer school included a number of lectures, by among others Jens Woelk, Joshua Castellino, Francesco Palermo, Joseph Marko and many minority rights experts from all over Europe as well as a study visit to the quarto-lingual canton of Graubünden in Switzerland and a role play exercise. Read more about the summer school at the European Academy’s webpage here (in German and Italian). 

Multicultural day in the Ålands lyceum, 08.05.2013

2013-05-31 10:53:21

On the 8th of May marvelous sounds of the African music gathered students, teachers and all guests together in the big hall of the Upper Secondary School, the Ålands lyceum declaring the beginning of the great multicultural day in the school.            

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Excitement and curiosity were the most common facial expression expecting that workshops, presentations and discussions would question and probably challenge everybody’s attitudes, cultural and multicultural images as well as stereotypes.

However, it was not the intention to invent a new bicycle, but to show from various points of view that everything in societies is deeply interlinked. Therefore, ignoring or paying less attention to phenomena that seem not to be important at the moment can badly affect others and have an effect of growing snowball which has happened in many societies in different periods of time.

 

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ÅIPI at Finland’s youth fair 2013

2013-01-23 14:30:44

Ung2013On January 8 – 9 the Peace Institute’s project manager and researcher Sarah Stephan participated in Finland’s youth fair Nuori2013/Ung2013 in Jyväskylä as a panelist for the International Centre for Mobility’s (CIMO) panel on the cooperation within the Youth in Action Programme with countries outside Europe. Sarah shared her experiences in coordinating and working with a number of such projects including training courses well as European Voluntary Service projects with partners from Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Ung2013 was organized by the Finnish Youth Council Allianssi, The Lutheran Church of Finland, the National Workshop Association and the Finnish Youth Research Society. Around 2000 participants visited the fair, among them representatives of youth organizations and municipal youth workers from across the county. More information on the conference can be found at the homepage of Allianssi (mainly in Finnish). 

ÅIPI director moderates seminar in Brussels

2012-09-18 10:12:46

On the 2nd of October 2012 the seminar “90 Years of Autonomy: The Åland Example as a Tool for Resolving Conflicts” will be held in the European Parliament in Brussels. The seminar will examine the ways in which the Åland Example and its components can be used in mediation mechanisms and conflict situations and under which circumstances its applicability can be further increased.

The Key Note Speaker will be Mr. Paavo Lipponen, former Prime Minister of Finland. The director of the ÅIPI, Dr. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Ass. Prof in International Law, will function as the moderator of this event. The panel includes Ms. Elisabeth Nauclér, Member of the Parliament of Finland, representing the Åland Islands, Mr. Nils Torvalds, Member of the European Parliament, Finland and Ms. Kinga Gál, Member of the European Parliament, Hungary. 

The welcoming speech will be held by Ms. Gun-Mari Lindholm, Minister of Administration and EU-affairs, the Åland Islands. The seminar is arranged by the Åland Government in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Permanent Representation of Finland to the European Union.

The seminar will later be followed by a vernissage of the exhibition “Åland - Paradise Found”, by the Government of Åland and photographer Daniel Eriksson.

The seminar programme can be downloaded in pdf here.

International words and music in Mariehamn

2012-08-07 09:45:49

This week music and peace work meets in Mariehamn on Åland. The Ålands Islands Peace Institute is happy to invite everyone interested to interesting, free of charge events Thursday and Friday. The events are included as part of the opening of the festival Islands of Peace that continues during Saturday and Sunday. Read more about the festival here.

Thursday 9.8

INTERACTIVE MULTILINGUAL PERFORMANCE: ORDLISTAN - GLOSSARY
Mariehamn City Library, Thursday August 9th, 18.30 hrs. Free entrance. Duration ca 45 mins.
The performance has been developed during the workshop ‘Voices for Peace’ organized by the Åland Islands Peace Institute. In cooperation with Welsh writer and performer Christine Watkins and with language and music input of Armenian, Azerbaijani, Swedish and Ålandic roots. A meeting of memories, languages and music. 

Friday 10.8

LECTURE: THE ÅLAND EXAMPLE AND IT’S COMPONENTS
From the Åland Islands Peace Institute, Director Dr. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark and researcher Sarah Stephan, LL.M. in international law, discuss the core components of the Åland Example, why the Åland Example has survived for so long, how it has evolved over time and how it has been used in international conflictresolution.
15:00 Friday 10th of August 2012, the city library of Mariehamn.

Concert "Voices for peace" 10th of August

2012-06-21 11:18:34

Voices_for_peaceAn experimental musical meeting between musicians from Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Åland Islands, presented in the form of a concert at the square stage in Mariehamn on the 10th of August, at 18.30.
The concert is free and open to everyone.
Thirteen young musicians from Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Åland Islands will meet on Åland for a week to play together and share musical experiences. The meeting begins at the International Hiroshima Day on 6th August. Towards the end of the week they put together a concert program, that will be put up on the square stage in Mariehamn in the evening of August 10th.

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Pictures from international method symposium

2012-06-18 08:40:07

On May 21-25 the Åland Islands Peace Institute held an international method symposium on the topic “Youth Work with Gender Perspective”, which brought together 43 representatives of the partner organizations from Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Belarus and Azerbaijan. All of them have adopted the so called girl and boy group method in cooperation with the Peace Institute, which is aimed at promoting empowerment and gender equality among young people as well as preventing all types of violence.


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ÅIPI director at symposium about Åland in Geneva

2012-06-13 12:57:55
On the 19th of June 2012 the Permanent mission of Finland and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) did arrange the International Symposium: “Ninety years after the Åland Islands Settlement - Challenges and Prospects for Peace Mediation” in Geneva.

The symposium aimed to offer an opportunity to explore whether some of the elements of Åland Island Settlement may still serve as a source of inspiration for other conflicts, and in general how the United Nations can develop new approaches to respond to, and help settle, contemporary disputes and conflicts.

The Minister of Foreign Affais of Finland, Mr Erkki Tuomioja was the key note speaker. The Director of the ÅIPI, Ass. Prof. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark participated in the panel discussion.

More information can be found at the home page of GCSP, here.

Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermarks power point presentation can be downloaded in pdf here.

Pictures from the Garden party of ÅIPI, 20 years

2012-06-12 07:35:49

Despite the rain the garden party of the ÅIPI, celebrating its 20-years jubilée, attracetd some 70 visitors that mingeled, listened to speeches and music with local band Berry High and looked at the timeline with newspapers clippings dating from today back to when the Institute was planned and founded.


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Debate on the demilitarisation

2012-03-19 08:46:31

On the 27th of March, in advance of the Åland demilitarisation day on the 30th, the Bomarsund society will arrange a debate about the demilitatisation, at the Åland museum at 6.30 p.m. The director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute Dr. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark will participate to talk about current challenges for the demilitarisation regime. The debate will be held in Swedish.

Education for boy and girl group leaders held in Riga

2011-09-09 08:03:46

Gruppen_72August 26th to 28th six girl or boy group leaders from the Åland Islands and ten from Latvia all partcipated in an educational session in Riga, led by Finnish trainer Mia Hanström. The education was organized within the project Challenging Gender Roles for Prevention of Trafficking as a first step to teach leaders how to extend the network of leaders through education for beginners.

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Meetings and lectures on mediation

2011-09-09 07:59:03

logo18lagOn the 10th to 11th of September 2011 a national meeting for Swedish speaking mediators is to be arranged on the Åland Islands. About 30 volontary mediators will discuss and listen to lectures on themes such as restorative justice, youth criminality and the controversial theme of mediation in cases of violence in close relationships.
The meeting is hosted by the Åland mediation office that is run by the Åland Islands Peace Institute.
Since 2006 the Åland Islands Peace Institute offers mediation for criminal cases and certain disputes. The mediation is statutory and the State Administration of Åland purchases the mediation service from the Peace Institute. The mediation sessions are led by volontary, trained and impartial mediators.

Manifestation against Trafficking

2011-08-26 08:34:10

On Sunday 28th of October there will be a minifestation against Trafficking at the Square of Mariehamn on the Åland Islands. The manifestation has been initiated by Gun-Mari Lindholm, second deputy speaker of the Åland Parliament, who is also a member of the Steering Group of the project Challenging Gender Roles for Prevention of Trafficking, lead by the Åland Islands Peace Institute (ÅIPI).

The manifestation will start at 7 p.m.

The Åland Islands Peace Institute has long been engaged in the activities for trafficking prevention in Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus and the Kaliningrad region. Cooperation with Azerbaijan will start in autumn 2011. 

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Open seminar on Peacebuilding

2011-06-01 09:56:08

Two international networks, Nonviolent Peace force and European Network for Civilian Peace Services are going to have their annual meetings at Åland Islands in the beginning of June 2011. In this context  a public discussion on how to build peace by negotiations and how to support state building from below will be organized. How can civilian peace "forces" and non-armed intervention work as tools in supporting peace mediation, conflict resolution to defend human rights defenders and humanitarian aid workers.

The open seminar Peacebuilding - can civilians do what the military can not? will be held Friday 3.6 2011 at the Åland Parliament;  Strandvägen: Åland, Finland.

This seminar is open for all those interested in these issues.  

Thel programme can be downoladed in pdf here.

Discussion: Is there racism on Åland?

2011-03-17 11:31:39
welcome to join a discussion on racism in the City Library of Mariehamn on the anti-racism day 21st of March at 6.30 p.m.
The Åland Multicultural Association and the ÅIPI are arranging the event.

 

The Åland Islands Peace Institute contributed to seminar on Nordic peace cooperation

2011-03-14 07:57:49
On March 9th 2011 the ÅIPI contributed to a seminar concerning enhanced cooperation between nordic actors in international peace work, arranged by the Nordic Council, in Copenhagen. Issues such as what role the Nordic region can play as a peacemaker and resolver of conflicts in the world and how to create more dialogue between politicians and those who work with peace.

The information Officer of the ÅIPI, Ms susann Simolin contributed with a speech about "Peace work based on the Åland example". She described how Åland provides a meeting place and a resource for knowledge to foreign visitors that want to study the Ålandic self-government, security and minority solutions, and related this to Nordic experiences.

Concerning enhanced Nordic cooperation around peace issues, the ÅIPI mainly highlighted the importance of working with the civil society, to work continously and preventively and to work cross boundaries also when it comes to different scientific disciplines.

Read more about the seminar here.
 

Outcomes from the Parliamentary Conference

2011-02-11 13:11:53

Sia_pa_parlamentarikermoteThe 19th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC) took place in Mariehamn, Åland Islands, 29-31 August 2010. Dr Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute held a presentation under the title 'Convergence or Divergence in Baltic Security?' This and other conference documents can be found on BSPC website. It can also be downloaded here.

 

Photo: Johannes Jansson/norden.org

World Aids day, 1 December

2010-11-29 08:42:06
1 December people commemorate the international World AIDS day all over the world, on Åland too. Many events for this day are held in various countries.

Some Alandic organisations, such as the Åland Islands Peace Institute, Red Cross, ABF-Åland and the union Mångkulturella, gather for the commemoration.

Where: Indigo
When: 1/12 7-9 p.m.

The programme includes some information about the HIV/Aids situation and knowledge about the illness by means of talking, watching a film and participating in a quiz. The activities will be accomponied with Lindyhop dance by Sofia Enros and Daniel Johansson, music and songs by Simone Gällroos and Emil Yohan, etc.

Everyone is welcome!

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Manifestation on the international day for the elimination of violence against women, 25th of November

2010-11-18 14:53:24

In Finland, every year around 20 women are murdered by their partners. In 2007, 76 aggressions with a woman as a victim were reported to the Ålandic police. Of these, in 45 cases the woman had been attacked in her home.

To acknowledge the problem of violence against women, the Peace Institute organizes this 25th of November, the International day for the elimination of violence against women, a manifestation in the square in Mariehamn. During the manifestation, candles will be lit in honor of victims and survivors of gender violence, and  shoes will be placed on the square to symbolize the killed women that can't be with us.

The manifestation will take place from 17.30 to 19.00h

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ÅIPI hosts interdisciplinary doctoral course

2010-09-21 10:36:25

Ten young researchers and five professors and senior researchers are coming to Åland 22-24 September to discuss the border between external and internal politics in political theory, law and conceptual history. The course is arranged by the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Political Thought and Conceptual Change of Jyväskylä University in co-operation with several other academic institutions, under the leadership of professor Kari Palonen. Contributing to the course are among others prof. Johannes Pollak from Austria, who will lecture about the political representation within the EU, prof. José Maria Rosales from Spain, who will speak about the rhetorics of cosmopolitanism and dr. Frank Möller from Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI), who will discuss images as knowledge in the field of international relations. The director of the ÅIPI, senior lecturer Sia Spiliopoulou-Åkermark, will address the political aspects of international law today.

Kyrgyz culture arrives to Åland

2010-09-01 12:21:49

kyrgyztan1_webbCafé Bönan receives Kyrgyzstan as a guest country in its multicultural café. Last Friday 27 th of August people could know a little more about that country, where it is located, their political situation, their traditions and their food.

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Do you know Åland? Åland in the spotlight at the Finland-Institute in Berlin!

2010-05-26 07:11:00
Aland_in_Berlin-1During the Long Night of Science in Berlin on 5 June 2010 the Institute for Northern European Studies at the Humboldt-University Berlin open its doors between 5pm and 1am for all culture lovers in Germany's capital. In co-operation with the Finland-Institute in Berlin, the Nordic countries will be presented in many different ways - learn a Nordic language in just 30 minutes or enjoy a reading of Ålandic literature for children! The Åland Islands Peace Institute's researcher and project manager Sarah Stephan will present a German view on the Åland Islands and provide a firsthand insight on life in the archipelago.

NIPÅ - The Nordic Institute on Åland will present the exhibition "EVERY?DAY - children from different cultures" (VAR?DAG - barn I många kulturer) in the foyer of the Finland-Institute between 27 May and 7 June.

If you are interested in learning yet more about Ålands special status, don't miss the seminar "European Integration vs. Regional Diversity" at the Finland-Institute on 7 June 2010 at 6pm where Sarah Stephan will present her research on the Åland's strategic options in the European Union.

Download the flyer in German here.

The Nordic Forum for Security policy 2010

2010-05-20 12:22:47
The nations around the Baltic Sea are increasingly using the same language when discussing security policy, but there are still differences in what threats are percieved and confidence between countries still needs to be strenghtened. Those where some of the conclusions from this year's Nordic Forum for Security Policy, which was organized in St Petersburg, Russia in the end of april.

The Nordic Forum for Security gathered in 2010 under the heading Freedom, Security and Justice - Common interests in the Baltic Sea Region.

The information Officer of the Åland Islands Peace Institute participated, and has written a short article about the content of the forum.

You can download it in pdf here.

Report from NATO New Strategic Concept Seminar

2010-03-17 13:32:03
On the 4th of March 2010 a NATO New Strategic Concept Seminar was organized in Helsinki by the Foreign Ministries of Finland and Sweden. The NATO
Strategic Concept is a document that guides the Alliance as it pursues its agenda of safeguarding the common security interests of its members. The
topic of the seminar was the integration of civilian and military actors in crisis management.
Heidi Öst, researcher at the Åland Islands Peace Institute, participated and has written a report from the event.
The report can be downloaded here.

Conference on youth, gender, norms and politics

2010-01-21 09:57:06

On 1-2 December Andrea Bolos participated in the national conference of the Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs in Stockholm. She has now written a short report on the four seminars in which she participated. The seminars concerned men and equality, European youth politics, female entrepreneurship, and youth that sell sex.

The report is available in Swedish for download here.

Study visit "youth work realities in Azerbaijan"

2009-12-10 09:16:16


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In October 2009 the Åland Islands Peace Institute's project manager and researcher Sarah Stephan participated in a study visit to Azerbaijan, organised by Salto Eastern Europea and Caucasus Resource Centre and the Minsitry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

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Swedish Youth Council Conference 2009

2009-12-09 09:17:43
andreeaOn December 1-2 Andreea Bolos participated in the Swedish Youth Council's 2009 conference in Folkets hus in Stockholm as one of 800 participants. The Swedish Youth Council is a public authority established in 1959 to increase the wellbeing and participation of youth in society. Read more ...

Knowledge on mediation gathered in Washington

2009-03-26 12:47:13
SarahBetween 9th and 13th march 2009 the United States Institute of Peace organized the course “Mediating Violent Conflict” in Washington D.C. as part of its conflict management training programme. The course aimed at providing an overview of mediation in contemporary international and intrastate conflict, situating mediation in a larger peacemaking or international affairs context and at building competences for practicing mediation. Conflict management education and research into peace and conflict are among the core activities of the Åland Islands Peace Institute and hence the Institute’s participant Sarah Stephan did not miss this chance to learn more about mediation in sensitive inter- and intrastate conflict settings.

Sarahs reflections on the course content are found here.

Reflections on borders and concilitation in Western Balkans

2009-03-26 12:24:29
WilleFrom the 24th of February to the 2nd of March, Wille Valve, Head of the Åland Mediation Office, participated in the EU-sponsored seminar ”Youth breaks the barriers! Mediation & reconciliation tools in European youth work activities” in Kljuc, Bosnia-Herzegovina. This is a mediator’s perspective on a volatile region, where borders matter more than ever.

Sarah Stephan took part in "Brussels Democracy" seminar

2009-03-02 08:39:49
EUThe Åland Islands Peace Institute's research assistant Sarah Stephan partcipated in the seminar "The Brussels Democracy - Citizen Participation and Multi-Level Governance in Europe" in Brussels between 13 and 18 February. The seminar aimed at exploring which stakeholders are involved in European governance and how citizens can make their concerns heard in Brussels.

Read about Sarah's impressions from the seminar here .

150 deltog i ljusmanifestation för fred

2013-09-18 11:01:55

Tusentals människor runt om i världen demonstrerade i söndags mot Israels offensiv i Gaza. I Bryssel protesterade 30 000 och i runtom i Spanien deltog minst 100 000 människor.
På Åland samlades omkring 150 människor till den ljusmanifestation för fred och mänskliga rättigheter i Israel/Palestina som Ålands fredsinstitut, Ålands fredsförening, Mariehamns församling och Amnestygruppen på Åland anordnade i St Görans kyrka. Ett femtiotal gick med i fackeltåget från stadsbiblitoeket till kyrkan.

Lokaltidningarna bevakade evenemanget, läs Ålandstidningens artikel här.


Arrangörerna hade sammanställt en appell som ska skickas in till Israels regering, Hamas och EU.

Åländsk appell om kriget i Gaza

Vi, invånare på Åland, är djupt oroade over situationen i Gaza och i södra Israel och riktar vår appell till de israeliska myndigheterna, the Hamas ledning och till Europeiska Unionens Råds president.

Vi uppmanar Israel upphöra med alla lagstridiga anfall mot civila, vilka strider mot distinktions- och proportionalitetsprinciperna.

Vi uppmanar Hamas upphöra omedelbart med den urskiljningslösa raketbeskjutningen av städer och byar i södra Israel som drabbar den civila befolkningen.

Vi uppmanar båda parter utropa eldupphör så att humanitär hjälp kan nå dem som behöver sådan hjälp och så att de som vill lämna området kan evakueras. Därutöver uppmanar vi parterna att respektera den humanitära rätten.

Vi uppmanar Europeiska rådets president att målmedvetet arbeta tillsammans med FN:s säkerhetsråd, för att en resolution kan antas som kräver att alla parter respekterar sina förpliktelser enligt folkrätten och att ett avtal om vapenvila ska övervakas av internationella observatörer.      


150 deltog i ljusmanifestation för fred

2009-01-12 07:33:32
About 150 people participated in the candel light manifestation for peace held in St Görnas church in Mariehamn Sunday 11th January. Some 50 people also joined the torchlight procession from the city library to the church.

Arranging organisations, The Åland Island Peace Institute, the Åland Peace Association, the parish of Mariehamn and Amnesty Åland are going to send the following appeal to the Israeli goventment, the Hemas and the EU.

Appeal on the war in Gaza

We, the undersigned inhabitants of the Åland Islands (Finland), are extremely concerned with the situation in Gaza and southern Israel and direct our call to the Israeli authorities, the leadership of Hamas and the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

We call on Israel to end all unlawful attacks, both those directed at civilians and those which are indiscriminate or disproportionate.

We call on Hamas to immediately stop firing indiscriminate rockets against towns and villages in southern Israel, thereby endangering the civilian population.

We call on both sides to declare a truce so that humanitarian assistance can reach those in need and so that those who want to leave can be evacuated. Furthermore, we urge both sides to respect international humanitarian law.

We call on the Presidency of the Council of the European Union to work resolutely with the UN Security Council to enable the adoption of a resolution demanding that all parties respect their obligations under international law and
that a cease fire agreement is monitored by international observers.

Focus on minorities at Hanaholmen

2008-12-17 07:37:51
 The Åland Islands Peace Institute's former trainee Gustav Blomberg participated in a minority conference at 21 November at the Hanaholmen Cultural Centre for Sweden and Finland. Among others the particpants discussed the position of the Finnish minority in Sweden, the revival of the Estonian-Swedish culture and the link between language and identity. At the conference the Ålandic member of the Finnish Parliament Elisabeth Nauclér adressed the Åland example and the Ålandic cultural autonomy.

Gustav's report about the conference in Swedish can be read here.

International Seminar on disarmament, terrorism and poverty

2008-12-15 08:25:23
 The Åland Islands Peace Institute's university trainee Gustav Blomberg participated in the International Peace Bureau's  seminar on terrorism, disarmament and poverty in Copenhagen on 14-15 November.

Read Gustav's article on the conference in Swedish here.

World AIDS Day Music Caf

2008-12-04 09:29:42
Each year, on 1 December the World AIDS Day calls for more awareness and action with regard to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic.  This year a group of voluntary organisers, among them the Peace Institute’s researchers Petra Granholm and Sarah Stephan, has seized the opportunity to put HIV/AIDS on the agenda and invited the public to a World AIDS Day Music Café at Röda korsgården.The idea behind the event was to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and provide a forum for the Ålanders to ask and discuss questions about the disease. At the same time the Music Café was a fund-raising event for the women’s group and nursery school “Kanyala Little Stars” on Rusinga Island in Kenya, an area that suffers immensely under the effects of HIV/AIDS.The evening was opened with a short seminar, held by chief medical officer Birger Sandell, on the infection, treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS. The initiator of the event Heidi Öst informed about her experiences as a volunteer at Kanyala Little Stars and her wish to support the project from the Åland Islands. The performances of the Ålandic folkmusic group “Kvinnfolk”, ”Hmpf...” and  Ann Ahlström and Christopher Isaksson completed the successful evening.The Café was a great success as it triggered fruitful discussions in a relaxed atmosphere. The selling of coffee and home-baked cake as well as the selling of red-ribbons and bracelets has raised more than 400 € for Kanyala Little Stars.

The Peace Institute at the Nordic Forum for Human Rights

2008-12-02 10:53:27

MRiceThis year’s “Human Rights days” took place in Luleå 13-14 November. Focus was on the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples. Almost 4000 people attended the forum that mainly took place in the “House of Culture” in a beautiful snowy Luleå in the North of Sweden. The Peace Institute was represented with three people. Director Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark was a speaker in several seminars, such as “Minority Representation in the Majority Society”, “Roleplay about the Duty and the Possibilities of the Authorities to Consult” and “Global Impact of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”. Guest researcher Rhodri Williams held a lecture on how the Guiding Principles for protection of internally displaced people can be used with regards to the exceptional vulnerability of indigenous people and minorities. Also researcher Petra Granholm participated, to gather information and make contacts during the days. 

Here you can read Petra’s personal reflection from this year’s “MR-dagar”.

Report from conference on protection of minorities

2008-10-21 15:13:30

The director of the Peace Institute, Sia Spiliopulou Åkermark, participated on the 9th and 10th October in an international conference arranged by the Council of Europe. The aim of the conference was to assess the protection of national minorities ten years after the entry into force of the first binding international treaty on this subject: the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. The conference was held under the theme “Enhancing the impact of the Framework Convention: past experience, present achievements and future challenges”

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