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Conference "The 5-year lessons of managing asylum in Europe: How to implement a successful integration strategy" 

Author:Providus

The National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM) is a six-years long transnational project which aims to prepare key actors in the integration field in 15 EU Member States to better face the current challenges and improve the integration outcomes of beneficiaries of international protection. Conflict situations tend to last longer, and it takes currently on average 17 years, before refugees fleeing civil wars may eventually have a chance to return to their home country. Hence, the long-term integration of newly arrived beneficiaries of international protection is without alternative and presents an immediate challenge for European societies. Read

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Independent Detention Monitoring in Latvia 

Author:Anhelita Kamenska

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The policy paper provides an overview of closed institutions in Latvia and key trends in their reform since the country regained independence in 1991, highlights the role of international organisations (relevant UN, Council of Europe bodies, European Commission) in assessing Latvia’s compliance with international human rights standards in closed facilities and their conclusions and recommendations concerning the work of domestic inspection bodies.
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Needs Assessment of Users of Mental Health Care Services 

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Introduction

In Latvia, similarly to many other new EU member states, institutional care at psychiatric hospitals and social care homes at present is the most widespread form of care for users of mental health services. In January 2005 Latvia, together with other countries of the European Region of World Health Organisation (WHO) signed the Mental Health Declaration and Mental Health Plan of Action for Europe 2005 – 2010, which demands that the relevant authorities in each member state introduce a mental health policy and legislation harmonized with international standards and develop public care for persons with serious mental disorders to replace care in large institutions. However, to date deinstitutionalisation and development of community based services is progressing slowly.
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Monitoring Report on Closed Institutions in Latvia 

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Latvia has over 100 places of detention: 9 mental hospitals, 31 social care home, 15 prisons, 28 State police short-term detention cells, detention rooms at border posts, an illegal migrant detention facility at Olaine, and other facilities holding persons deprived of liberty by state authority. During the project „Monitoring Human Rights and Prevention of Torture in Closed Institutions: Prisons, Police Cells and Mental Health Care Institutions in Baltic Countries” 102 monitoring visits were conducted, including 15 visits to mental hospitals, 23 visits to social care homes for mentally disabled, 21 visit to state and municipal police custody facilities, 22 visits to prisons, 21 visit to illegal migrant detention facilities (and reception centre for asylum seekers and refugees). Read

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Human Rights in Mental Health Care in Baltic Countries 

Author:Arunas Germanavicius, Egle Rimsaite, Eve Pilt, Dainius Puras, Dovile Juodkaite, Ieva Leimane - Veldmeijere

The policy paper “Human Rights in Mental Health Care in Baltic Countries” has been prepared by the Latvian Centre for Human Rights (LCHR) and its partner organizations: Vilnius Regional Office of Global Initiative for Psychiatry, Mental Disability Advocacy Centre and Estonian Patient Advocacy Association. Read

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Is Cultural Trauma an Impediment to Society Integration? 

Author:Aleksejs Šņitņikovs, Ilze Boldane

The painful social experience and collective fear of ethnic Latvians rooted in the historical memory hinder formation of such relations among the ethnical groups in Latvia prevailed by mutual trust and confidence. Read

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Live together and recognize 

Author:Providus

Denmark has problems with ethnic and religious minorities who are the newcomers to Denmark. This country has had the picture of itself as a culturally homogenous society. It would like to keep that picture. Read

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The Islamo-democrats and fascists 

Author:Providus

In Denmark even most Muslims think it is quite allright to publish images of Mohammed, but in the Middle East there are political forces who want to decide what we can and cannot print – those can be referred to as Islamo-fascists. Read

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Early warning signals 

Author:Providus

So I don’t think that Latvian people actually know what it means to be racist. The minorities have a different experience, and so that experience has given them what I call early warning signals. I had that before in the States, I had that before in Africa, and therefore they relate to their experiences by using these labels. These labels in many ways are alien to the indigenous population here. Read

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Prison: Full Stop or Comma? 

Author:Providus

In the UK we have introduced a new system for dealing with young offenders where rather than go to court they are sentenced to appear before a panel of local members of community. Thousands of people applied to become members of these panels. They had never volunteered for anything in their life but this problem they could not ignore. Read

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Success of Iceland Lies in Unity 

Author:Ilze Dzenovska

It is interesting that Iceland has the highest percentage of women in the labour market and also has the highest birth rate in Europe. I believe Icelanders recognize the importance of women, both in the labour market, and as mothers. Read