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From Consultation to Participation 


Prezentācija (angļu val.) seminārā "Valsts pārvaldes, nevalstisko organizāciju un plašsaziņas līdzekļu loma sabiedrības iesaistīšanā lēmumu pieņemšanā" 2003. gada 12. februārī Read

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Current Human Rights Issues in Latvia in the 2nd Quarter of 2002 



In accordance with the Law on the National Human Rights Office, the NHO must submit quarterly reports on the human rights situation and current issues in the country. This is the report on the 2nd quarter of 2002 which touches on issues regarding which the NHO has received the most complaints or on which it has provided conclusions or official opinions. The report also points out the most important activities of the NHO during this period.

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Cyprus: The Equation of Isolation-Identity 


Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to build a common Cypriot identity. But the “European Identity” as a supranational and complementary identity which takes its stimulus from the expression of “Europe of Values” and has accelerated and become more concrete with the official circulation of the Euro, will be the perfect remedy for all Cypriots’ upper identity concerns. Read

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Iraq. What are the choices? 


If the US attack on Iraq is allowed to take place, it would seriously undermine the efforts of many centuries in developing a legal and institutional regulation for the authorized use of force in relations between States. As they say – the genie may be let out of the bottle. Read

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Igaunijas pilsoniskās sabiedrības koncepcija 



Igaunijas pilsoniskās sabiedrības koncepcijas sagatavošanu uzņēmās Igaunijas Bezpeļņas organizāciju tīkls, kas pārstāv nevalstiskās organizācijas Igaunijā. 2002.gada decembrī šo dokumentu apstiprināja Igaunijas parlaments. Šajā dokumentā definēti pilsoniskās sabiedrības (nevalstisko organizāciju un citu pilsonisko apvienību) un valdības institūciju sadarbības pamatprincipi. Koncepcijai jākalpo par pamatu sabiedrības līdzdalībai politiskās dienaskārtības veidošanā un trešā sektora attīstībai Igaunijā.

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Change of mindset underway as Estonian parliament adopts agreement on civil society 


The Estonian Civil Society Development Concept became an international success story. Once a participant at an NGO and public officials meeting in Canada slapped his fist on the table and told Canadian officials: "If you can't do it like Estonians, don't do it at all!" Read

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Does Chechen independence stand a chance? 

Author:Ivars Liepnieks

Does the war on terrorism increase global security? It could be said that by eliminating all terrorists, terrorism itself would disappear. But that is not possible as the injustice that has developed of late in the international order will only create new terrorists. Read

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The new anti-corruption strategy – just more paper-pushing? 


Among Latvia’s anti-corruption bodies there is a culture of “institutional envy”– each institution applies its own elastoplast but the patient isn’t getting any better. The National Strategy for Preventing and Combating Corruption attempts, for the first time, to bring together all the elements of an anti-corruption policy in an organized and understandable form. Read

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Natural Racism 

Author:Artis Svece

Comments on the discussion on after the interview with George Steele Read

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The Privatized Foreign Policy of Bush and Co. 


The obstinance of the White House casts doubt on exactly how important the three most frequently cited reasons for the looming war with Iraq - terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and human rights – really are. Less frequently debated alternatives seem more logical and believable. In short, the keyword is ‘Oil.’ Read