Mapping of (human-rights and peace-building) stakeholders in Slovakia
1. Stakeholders – holding POWER (official, very visible Bodies):
a.) Governmental representatives / Policy and decision makers:
– Government Office of the Slovak Republic (http://www.government.gov.sk);
– MPs (e.g. right wing politician Miroslav Beblavy http://www.beblavy.sk)
b.) Some of Slovak ministries:
– Ministry of education (http://www.minedu.sk/about-the-ministry);
– Ministry of foreign affairs (http://www.mzv.sk/en/home);
– Ministry of interior (http://www.minv.sk/?ministry-of-interior);
– Department of the Bureau of Border and Alien Police (http://www.minv.sk/?uhcp);
c.) Media (mainstream/national and alternative/commercial & private radios, televisions, newspaper + blogs & social media: Twitter, Facebook; e.g. blogs of Alliance Fair-play http://www.fair-play.sk/index_en.php);
2. Stakeholders – presenting LEGITIMACY (official, more or less visible Bodies):
a.) International organisations – specialized on human rights & peace building:
– International and national NGOs (e.g. IOM Slovakia: www.iom.sk; Amnesty International Slovakia, in Bratislava city: www.amnesty.sk);
– Foundations (e.g. Milan Simecka Foundation: http://www.nadaciamilanasimecku.sk; Pontis foundation: www.nadaciapontis.sk)
b.) Teachers associations (e.g. Chamber of Slovak teachers http://www.komoraucitelov.org; Association of Slovak private schools http://www.sukromneskoly.sk);
c.) Special/specialized civic groups & communities in Slovakia (e.g. Migrants’ communities: http://mic.iom.sk/en/our-partners/migrant-communities-in-slovakia.html);
d.) Trade unions = Confederation of Trade unions of Slovak republic: http://www.kozsr.sk/index.php?langz=en);
3. Stakeholders – presenting LEGITIMACY (un/official, more or less visible Individualities):
a.) Local authorities/opinion leaders: priests, mayors, celebrities (e.g. activist & blogger Ondrej Dostal http://dostal.blog.sme.sk; political cartoonist Martin Šútovec: http://www.shooty.sk);
b.) University professors & researchers (e.g. global education teacher prof. Erich Mistrik http://www.erichmistrik.sk/0ja.html);
c.) Representatives of the civil society sector (e.g. Roma activist Janette Maziniova: http://www.janettemaziniova.sk)
d.) Specialists in the field of Human Rights (lawyers, counsellors, educators, e.g. trainers from women’s rights NGO = Possibility of choice: Adriana Mesochoritisova & Jana Zezulova: http://moznostvolby.wordpress.com/english/);
4. Stakeholders – calling for URGENCY (unofficial, less visible Individualities):
a.) Civil servants, citizens, Slovaks & people living in Slovakia (e.g. me = Boba Baluchova: http://bobabaluchova.blog.sme.sk);
b.) Volunteers (e.g. CARDO NGO focused on volunteering in Slovakia: http://www.cardo-eu.net);
c.) Beneficiaries (e.g. people – affected by discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation etc. & calling for justice, equality and peaceful life in Slovakia: asylum seekers, immigrants, foreigners; LGBTQ people; old people; people with special needs/disabilities etc.);
d.) Students (future opinion leaders & decision makers);
Mapping of human-rights and peace-building NGOs & foundations in Slovakia:
The results of Eurobarometer about Discrimination in the European Union: “Perceptions, Experiences and Attitudes” from year 2008 indicate that nearly one in six Europeans faced/felt the discrimination in the last 12 months and one in three Europeans was witness of discrimination against someone else in the past year. I can not imagine how big numbers would be called, if the mapping of discrimination was realized in other continents (not in Europe)… I tried to seek Slovak organizations and their activities in the field of prevention of discrimination (on the basis of different criteria).
Most famous human-rights organizations (visible in Slovak media):
I found on the internet 94 Slovak civic associations/NGOs focuesd on human rights. Geographically they are very centralized in capital of Slovakia – Bratislava. There are 52 NGOs in Bratislava region, 9 in Banska Bystrica region, 14 in Kosice, 9 in Nitra, 7 in Presov, 3 in Trencin, 2 in Trnava, 10 in Žilina. According to press reports and published articles on the activities of HR organizations (focused on awareness-raising of human rights issues, actions, educational activities) we should pick up following organizations in Slovakia.
Among one of the most important organizations who strive for human rights, we must certainly include human-legal non-governmental organization:
– Amnesty International Slovakia, in Bratislava city: www.amnesty.sk.
– Odyseus NGO seeks to preserve human rights and improve the lives of vulnerable communities (drug addicted, sex workers, young people with poor access to services): www.ozodyseus.sk.
– Civic Association Citizen and Democracy is founded on respect for civil and human rights: www.oad.sk.
– Proti prudu/Upstream NGO is an association trying to help the homeless – to integrate into society, perform homelessness-prevention among socially disadvantaged and have a positive impact on public attitudes toward the homeless: www.notabene.sk.
– People against Racism is an initiative to combat racism in Slovakia through many public campaigns and projects: www.rasizmus.sk
In the global education and trainings focused on human rights and intercultural learning, it would be good to mention at least the projects (supported by the Slovak aid or Europe aid): PDCS/Partners for democratic change Slovakia, www.pdcs.sk ; SKCH/Caritas Slovakia: www.charita.sk , Pontis foundation: www.nadaciapontis.sk .
Also Milan Simecka Foundation: http://www.nadaciamilanasimecku.sk & IOM Slovakia: www.iom.sk are also working hard on the removal of untruths and half-truths in public opinion and in the media, trying to educate and sensitize the Slovak public. IOM is also helping migrants directly in the form of counseling, prevention of human trafficking, advocacy and social work.
Written by: Boba Baluchová, Photo: Peter Bačík