Protection of Human Rights in Crimea through Public Diplomacy

Academy of Public Diplomacy for Young Crimean Tatars
Events15.08.2017
Academy of Public Diplomacy for Young Crimean Tatars
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The goal of this project, a joint undertaking by the Crimean Tatar Resource Center (CTRC) and Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom, is to prepare twenty young Crimean Tatars and/or Ukrainians to serve as public diplomats of the Crimean Tatar people – to inform the international community about human rights violations in Crimea and repressions against the indigenous Crimean Tatars.

At the second session of the Academy, Eskender Bariiev, Head of the board of CTRC and member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, emphasised that public diplomacy is the basis for the development of a foreign policy for the Crimean Tatar people.

The second session of the Academy, a three-day seminar, was launched in Kyiv June 30th. Speakers were Ukrainian diplomats, lawyers and politicians. On the agenda were such topics as public diplomacy in Ukraine, its main forms and instruments of its implementation and the phenomenon of public diplomacy as an important trend of modern foreign policy of the state.

Boris Babin, law professor and expert of the CTRC, introduced the participants to international criminal law as well as the principles of human rights activities. Oleksandr Tsvetkov, doctor of philosophy in history and professor at the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, acquainted the students with the classifications, causes and divisions of international conflicts and the concept of geopolitics generally. Tsvetkov moreover described the history and principles of diplomatic protocol and etiquette as well as the proper way of conducting a negotiation process. Under the guidance of professional trainers (Oleksandr Tsvetkov and Svitlana Andryushchenko, associate professor of Taras-Shevchenko-University’s Institute of International Relations), the Academy students modelled an OSCE meeting and had a chance to practice their negotiation skills. Svetlana Andryushchenko explained modern tendencies of geopolitical reorganisation of the world as well as the essence of the "Ukrainian question" in modern geopolitics.

Maria Kovach-Butsko, lecturer of Taras-Shevchenko-University, spoke about the role and place of public diplomacy in Ukraine, about the current trends of foreign policies of different states and the place and role of "soft power". The trainer demonstrated how the components of "soft power" work on the example of Great Britain, China and the EU. Participants then had a chance to work in groups on the creation of a "soft power" concept for Saudi Arabia, Brazil, South Korea and Egypt.

Eskender Bariiev together with the participants assessed SWOT-analyses related to the situation of the Crimean Tatar people prepared by the participants beforehand. Having been divided into groups, the students had reflected on specific strengths and weaknesses of the Crimean Tatars, as well as on opportunities and risks they currently face.

At the end of the second session, the participants of the Academy received assignments to develop a detailed soft power concept for the Crimean Tatar people – to be worked on further at the third and final session of the Academy later in 2017.

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