The EUROPEADA 2016 has ended! From the 18th till the 26th of June this event took place in South Tyrol - a football championship for 30 autochthonous, national minority teams, who arrived from all over Europe. For the first time there was also a woman’s tournament, which attracted special attention.
The EUROPEADA gathered not only fans, journalists, locals and volunteers, but also international politicians, artists, representatives of FUEN and of course participants of the YEN Media Camp. The organizer of the football tournament was the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) and it was hosted by the Ladin minority and also the German-speaking South Tyroleans, who had won the Europeada title in the previous two tournaments in 2012 and 2008. And yet again, the South Tyrolean men’s and women’s team went home victorious.
The YEN Media Camp was based in Sand in Taufers/Campo Tures, located about 70 kilometers northeast of Bozen/Bolzano, in the Taufers valley. This wonderful place, surrounded by snowy Dolomite mountain peaks and intercut by a rushing river, was an inspiration both for YENies and the Aromanian football team from Romania, with which the participants of the Media Camp shared the hotel.
During the EUROPEADA we visited Ahrntal/Valle Aurina, Mühlwald/Selva dei Molini, Sankt Martin in Thurn/San Martin de Tor, Olang/Valdaora and other venues of this tournament. Here we ran actions to inform spectators, teams and fans about the importance of minority rights and the preservation of minority culture and also to raise awareness about issues that these minorities face. Of course we also presented YEN and the organisation’s aims for the future.
Our campaign #DiveristyConnects played a big role in this: during and after the football matches we handed out postcards, stickers and balloons, and we also organised crossword and quiz games for the many children and fans that were present. Our participants made new friends by mingling with the spectators and generally enjoyed the good atmoshpere during the EUROPEADA. These good vibes were mostly due to the magnificent fans, who had made the long journey all the way to South Tyrol, to support not only their own, but also the other teams.
Our YEN Media Team was of course present to interview, film and photograph fans, players, spectators and residents (the results can be veiwed on the YEN Facebook page!). The whole wekk we waited eagerly for the friendly footbal match between FC YEN and the team of refugees located in South Tyrol. We of course gave our best, but had to see how our opponents were usually faster, more agile and also how they made life more hard for our goalie. Thankfully everyone knew the true spirit of sportsmanship, and the teams were mixed in the second half (which was mostly an advantage for the losing FC YEN team).
Even though we usually didn’t speak each other’s language, we did notice that shouting for the ball and helping each other stand up after a fall is pretty much universal. The end result was 5:2 for the refugee team, but more importantly, we showed that football unites and diversity in fact does connect.
The EUROPEADA was a unique experience for us, the YENies. We gained new skills in the field of teamwork, media and campaigning, found new friends and learned more about other minorities from all over Europe. In the context of our campaign #DiversityConnects, which highlights mutual respect, understanding and peaceful coexistence we handed trophies at the closing ceremony to the Sorbian women’s team and Nordschleswig man’s team for their fair play during the tournament.
As a conclusion we would like to say that we all together, namely the FUEN and YEN members, hosts, football players, spectators and volunteers all won a match against prejudices, discrimination and stereotypes, by which they showed that diversity, a peaceful get-together and respect is unifying idea.
Deportation der Krimtataren am 18. Mai 1944 war Völkermord!
Russland muss Versprechen einlösen: Verfolgung der Krimtataren endlich einstellen! Bundesregierung und EU müssen klar Stellung beziehen: Keine Willkür und Gewalt gegen Krimtataren heute zulassen!
Am 18. Mai 1944 wurden die Krimtataren kollektiv deportiert. 15 Minuten hatten sie Zeit, um sich anzuziehen, persönliche Gegenstände einzupacken. Von 238.500 deportierten Krimtataren waren 205.900 Kinder und Frauen. Schon während der Deportation kamen etwa 8.000 von ihnen um. Im ersten Jahr in der Verbannung starben 46,2 Prozent der Verschleppten. Die Mehrheit der Krimtataren wurde in Usbekistan, Kasachstan und der Wolga-Ural-Region in von der Armee kontrollierten „Spezialsiedlungen“ untergebracht, die sie nicht verlassen durften. Sie hatten keine Pässe und mussten Zwangsarbeit leisten. Alles Krimtatarische auf der Krim wurde vernichtet: Friedhöfe, Moscheen, Häuser und Höfe, Theater umgenutzt, umbenannt oder verbrannt und selbst die Flurnamen wurden durch russische Bezeichnungen ersetzt. Seit 1957 galt die anti-krimtatarische Politik in der ganzen ehemaligen Sowjetunion: Publikationen auf Krimtatarisch wurden verboten, Informationen über Krimtataren aus Enzyklopädien gestrichen. Russland als Nachfolgestaat der Sowjetunion hat sich niemals bei den Krimtataren für diese Verbrechen, die die Ukraine am 12. November 2015 als Genozid anerkannte, entschuldigt.
In seiner Rede vor der Duma am 18. März 2014 hatte der russische Präsident Wladimir Putin den Krimtataren Sicherheiten und Freiheiten sowie die Einhaltung ihrer Rechte versprochen. Doch sofort nach der Annexion wurden die Angehörigen dieses indigenen Volkes der Krim wieder Opfer von Willkür und Gewalt der Sicherheitskräfte, Justiz und Behörden. Morde, Verschwindenlassen, unrechtmäßige Inhaftierungen, Geiselnahmen, Folter, Hausdurchsuchungen, Zerschlagung der krimtatarischen Medien, Verbot des Medschlis - der demokratischen Selbstrepräsentation der Krimtataren -, Verletzungen der Versammlungs-, Religions- und Meinungsfreiheit sowie die Isolation der Halbinsel führen zu bleierner Angst unter den Krimtataren. Doch sie haben nur versucht, ihre Rechte wahrzunehmen, die ihnen selbst nach russländischer Gesetzgebung zustehen.
Daher fordern die Jugend Europäischer Volksgruppen (JEV), die Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker (GfbV), die Föderalistische Union europäischer Volksgruppen (FUEN), Pravo, Berlin Group for Human Rights in Ukraine, das estnische Institut für Menschenrechte, das Institut für Caucasica-, Tatarica- and Turkestan Studien, die Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHRPG) und Oliver Loode vom Permanenten Forum für indigene Belange der Vereinten Nationen:
- Eine offizielle Entschuldigung der russischen Regierung für die kollektive Deportation der Krimtataren 1944
Die GfbV hat eine Kampagne für die Rechte der Krimtataren gestartet. Erfahrt hier mehr darüber: Krimtataren brauchen unsere Unterstützung!
More than 80 different young adults traveled to Pécs (Fünfkirchen) in Hungary in order to join the Easter Seminar from the 19th to the 25th of March. As always, workshops, excursions and fun were the most important topics on the agenda of the seminar. This year the organisation GJU (Gemeinschaft Junger Ungarndeutscher) hosted the seminar in Hotel Laterum, which is situated in the beautiful German speaking region Pécs.
YEN has started the year of 2016 with the amazing Kick-Off Training “Opening Doors. It took place in Belgrade, Serbia from 16-21th of February. our member organization
More than 20 participants from 14 different minorities attended various sessions on youth participation. YEN started the year with this topic, as many European organisations face a lack of youth participation. We as YEN promote young people’s active citizenship in general and aim to support minorities and ethnic groups all over Europe through youth activism. Thus, we want to support young people to bring positive changes to their communities by gaining skills like motivation, teamwork and communication. At his training the sessions consisted of non-formal education, interactive courses, forum theatre exercises, presentations, energizers, as well as a great world café summarizing the results.
The Youth of European Nationalities (YEN) is looking for participants for the Easter Seminar “Open Society” from 19-25 March 2016. The event will take place in Pécs, Hungary and is hosted by Gemeinschaft Junger Ungarndeutscher (GJU). It is supported by German Federal Ministry of the Interior and the European Youth Foundation.
This year we want to focus on two main topics: Youth participation as well as language and multilingualism – both core elements of the “YEN White Paper on Minority Rights”.
You are warmly invited to join the seminar! Please contact your organisation in case you would like to participate.
You can find all important information in the CALL (Facebook).
In December 2015, a group of YENies met for the final YEN event of the year, the “Newbee Meeting”, in Berlin in order to meet different minorities from all over Europe, to get to know the basics of minority youth politics and exchange about current issues. Representatives of nine minorities participated in this seminar: Frisians, Vlachs, Carinthian Slovenes, Lusatian Sorbs, Roma from Ukraine, Germans from Poland and Romania, Romansh, and the Croatian minority from Serbia.
Different topics for a future year in the European youth organisations and YEN were discussed. Furthermore, last years’ achievements were presented, and positive outcomes can be clearly recognised. The participants also visited some organisations in Berlin who deal with minority issues, as the German Ministry of Interior, the Society for Threatened Peoples, Minority Secretariat of the four autochthonous minorities and the Working Group of German Minorities under the roof of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (AGDM / FUEN).
CALL: Kick-off Training "Opening Doors" in Belgrade, Serbia
From 16.-21. February 2016 will take place the YEN Kick-off training "Opening Doors" in Belgrade, Serbia. It is hosted by our member organisation "Lunjina", the Vlach minority in Serbia.
It is a training on youth participation where we want to develop strategies and ideas to motivate young people to join youth organisations. We are very much looking forward to motivated volunteers who want to bring your organisation, YEN and the European society forward. Moreover, it is a very good opportunity, to get to know the hosts – the Cincar (Aromanian) community.
You are warmly invited to join the first event of YEN in 2016! Please contact your organisation in case you would like to participate.
You can find all important information in the CALL.(Facebook).
Onbehalf of YEN, former Convenor for Communication Rejzka Lipičec (ger: Theresia Lippitsch) took part in the German- Ukrainian Youth Media Workshop from 21.-27. November 2015 in Kharkiv and Kiev, Ukraine.
This summer we followed the invitation of the Youth Council of the Germans in Russia (JdR), to participate in their summer camp. Roman Roblek (Chair of the YLC) and Paul Preisig joined the event from 16.-24. of August 2015 and travelled to the place of the latest Olympic Games, Sochi, right at the Black Sea.