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Here you will find news in English about our work around the globe as well as some analysis and comments written for our website. If you read Swedish, please also visit our Swedish archive since there are more articles written in Swedish. Below you will find the latest news. If you are looking for something specific please use the search function to your left.

 

2017-07-31

The Olof Palme International Center publishes the first independent report on human rights in Abkhazia

The Palme Center has decided to make public a report on the human rights situation in Abkhazia, a disputed territory in the former Soviet Union. The report is based on thorough research and several field visits by Thomas Hammarberg, former Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and earlier Secretary General of the Palme Center and Magdalena Grono, an expert on South Caucasus, now working with the International Crisis Group.

2017-03-10

Voices for equality

The Palme Center believes that equality is a prerequisite for democracy, peace, sustainable development and the work to fight poverty, and it cannot be reduced to being an issue for women alone – equality benefits all.

2017-01-04

New Secretary General

Ms. Anna Sundström was today appointed Secretary General of the Olof Palme International Center, following the resignation of Mr. Jens Orback.

2016-06-02

Condolences for President Mohamed Abdelaziz

2016-03-11

Nordic NGOs: The UN must organize the referendum about the future of Western Sahara

Representatives of 15 different civil society organizations in the Nordic countries call on its governments to urge the UN to end the stalemate. The associations gathered yesterday for a Western Sahara coordination meeting in Stockholm. 

2015-11-06

Equality Benefits All - A method manual on gender and LGBT rights

This manual gives guidance on gender and LGBT rights to organisations conducting projects with funds from the Palme Center and is a complement to the Palme Center's project handbook.

2015-05-05

Donors’ policy or donors’ indolence

Organisations outside of Belgrade receding

2015-04-28

Method manual on How to run a Trade Union

In this method manual you will learn how to form a local union together with your fellow workers, why solidarity is important and how a union can work for equal pay and against discrimination.

2015-03-03

Equal rights for all workers

In the city of Kragujevac a union of trade unions, Savez Samostalnih Sindikata Kragujevac (SSSK) operates a project called "Mi smo jednaki" – "We are equal" with the goal to strengthen women's rights and status in the working life and in the unions.

2015-01-15

Jens Orback: Seventy years without Raoul Wallenberg

Speech given by Jens Orback, secretary general of the Olof Palme International Center, in Tel Aviv, January 15th 2015.

2014-12-05

Namibia: Elections 2014 Analysis

National elections were recently held in Namibia, and the results were released on December 1. The SWAPO ruling party won a landslide 80 percent, which means 77 seats of 96 in the National Assembly. The president candidate from SWAPO won the presidential election with 87 percent of the total votes.

2014-11-12

Western Balkans: Reconciliation and Regional Cooperation

Several of Olof Palme International Center's partner organisations in the Western Balkans recently assembled in Belgrade. One of the themes discussed at the meeting was the question of reconciliation.

2014-10-27

Conference - The social impacts of economic policies in the Balkans

Olof Palme International Center in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung is organising the conference "The social impacts of economic policies in the Balkans."

2014-10-27

Focus Kosovo Newsletter No 3

In the third issue of the newsletter about the work of OPIC partners in Kosovo, there are news related to cultural development, gender equality, participatory decision-making, as well as the current social and political issues in the country.

2014-05-23

Support the development work of our partner organizations in the Balkans

The Olof Palme International Center has cooperated for a long time with independent organizations in the Balkans. Many of them are focusing on strengthening youth and women's participation in social and political development.

2014-05-02

Statement on Waleed Sami Abu al-Khair

It is with great concern that we have received the information regarding the detention of lawyer Waleed Sami Abu al-Khair, and his trial at the special criminal court, which was set up in 2008 to combat terrorism in Saudi Arabia.

2014-03-10

Parliamentary elections in Serbia

On the 15th of March, Serbia will have its fifth parliamentary elections since the breakdown of Milosevic’s regime. Although the previous elections took place as recently as 2012, the government has decided to go to premature elections even before reaching half way through the four-year term.

2014-03-10

Parliamentary elections in Serbia

The official explanation to this is that that the ruling parties need a clear mandate in order to launch an in-depth reform processes. The government, however, has already spent two years without really demonstrating that they are reform oriented.

2013-12-14

New report from the Conference Series ”From Bullets to Ballots”

The Conference Series “From Bullets to Ballots” is organized by the Swedish Social Democratic Party together with the Olof Palme International Center.

2013-09-11

The Anna Lindh Seminar of 2013

– Anna was a remarkable individual, a remarkable politician, and a remarkable thinker – a leader in the development of sustainability and security both in Sweden and abroad, said Stefan Löfven, Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, at this year’s Anna Lindh-seminar.

2013-09-04

The Leadership Academy

– I had an idea about the Leadership Academy as a place with desks and papers, where you would just sit and listen to some lecturer. But what I have found here is very interesting and totally different from what I had imagined. The academy´s way of providing training is unconventional and non-authoritarian. A lot of time we are learning by doing. To be leader means to be supportive, not controlling, and I have learned how to support other people, says Amer Kurdi.

2013-07-03

Burma: Released human rights activist still has his bag packed

The Burmese government has been recognized in recent years for having freed many political prisoners. This is regarded as one reason behind EU’s lift of all sanctions against Burma except the arms embargo in April this year. U Myint Aye is one of the former political prisoners who was released in connection with US President Obama’s visit to the country in November last year.

2013-07-03

Burma: Released human rights activist still has his bag packed

U Myint Aye leads the Association of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters (HRDP), one of the Palme Center’s partners in Burma. For many years the organization has promoted human rights in a country where even the concept of human rights has been banned.

2013-06-26

Exchange on youth issues between Serbia, Albania and Kosovo

Organizations from Albania and Kosovo working with youth issues recently visited Serbia. The aim of the study visit, which was organized by Olof Palme International Center, was to learn from Serbia’s experience regarding youth work.

2013-06-26

Exchange on youth issues between Serbia, Albania and Kosovo

In the last couple of years Serbia has adopted a national youth strategy, established youth offices at municipal level, appointed youth coordinators and developed local youth action plans. A Law on Youth was also passed last year and all of this this has created a space for youth issues and youth participation.

2013-06-12

Serbian workers on hunger strike

290 workers at a battery producing factory went on strike on the 11th of May to protest against unpaid wages. The workers at the Fabrika Akumulatora Sombor report that they have not been paid neither wages nor travel allowances for several months.

2013-06-12

Serbian workers on hunger strike against unpaid wages

The strike is supported by the Trade Union of Metal Workers Serbia. An arbitration commission proposed a settlement that was turned down by the owner of the factory. The owner has offered to pay half a salary which is unacceptable for the workers. The director of the factory also informed the workers on strike that they would be fired. But the employees contacted the labour inspectorate which warned the director that this is against the law.

2013-05-29

Palestinian women organize for change

HDIP, Health Development and Information Policy Institute, works with empowerment of Palestinian women. Their goal is to increase women’s knowledge of democracy, human rights, leadership, advocacy, conflict resolution and gender rights. With this knowledge women can take a greater part in the decision making process and the results so far are very good. Out of 78 women who participated in the project training sessions 2012, 12 ran in the municipal elections in October 2012 and one was elected.

2013-05-27

Bosnia and Herzegovina: School children for non-violent communication

2013-05-27

School children for non-violent communication

- I am honored to be here today together with the representatives of Vive Zene and the Olof Palme International Center, which supports your activities. I am convinced that Olof Palme, our former Prime Minister, would have been proud to see us here together today, said Mr.  Bosse Hedberg, Swedish Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, during his speech at the opening ceremony of "The second meeting of schools".

2013-04-26

Syria: We were the ones carrying this revolution

“We were the ones who were out on the streets, we were the ones carrying this revolution: youth, women, journalists, teachers and students. What I’m afraid of is that we will be marginalized when the armed conflict has ended”. These are the words of Reem “Hala” who recently participated in the conference for the Syrian opposition, that was held by the International Palme Center held in February 17-20 outside of Stockholm.

2013-04-26

Syria: We were the ones carrying this revolution

The anti-regime demonstrations in Syria began in Damascus about two years ago. During that spring, they spread across the country. By May, thousands of students were demonstrating in the streets of Aleppo, protesting against the regime’s violence against its own population in many other Syrian cities. Reem “Hala” – which is one of her aliases as an activist – is just above 20 years of age and was there when it began.

2013-04-22

New network in Albania adresses youth issues

On April 6th, 36 youth organizations from all over Albania gathered at the European University of Tirana for the congress “Unite in Action”, organized by the Olof Palme International Center and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Participants discussed the major problems facing young people in Albania today, principally unemployment, the poor quality of education, and the lack of opportunities for cultural and leisure activities.

2013-04-22

New network in Albania adresses youth issues

In order to more effectively address these questions on a national level, the participants resolved to form a new network and elected 18 members to a committee for the network. - I hope that this group of eighteen people and the rest of the conference work together to find solutions for the issues that we discussed, says Albana.

2013-04-19

From a grocery store to minister in Iraq

– Many of the participants of this conference didn’t know much about Iraq and Kurdistan. By coming here, however, they really got the chance to get to know us. Then they understood that we are Kurds, and that we have our right to freedom, after many years of suffering. If we hadn’t had this conference, we would never have gotten to know each other, says Osman.

2013-04-01

Syria

One year after the start of the mainly peaceful protests in Syria, thousands of people have been killed and tens of thousands have been arrested. The Joint Special Envoy of the UN and the League of Arab States Kofi Annan has negotiated a ceasefire that started the 12th of April. However, according to reports from Syria, the violence between government forces and opposition has resumed.

2013-03-07

Job Vacancy Advertisement: Programme Coordinator

The Olof Palme International Center is recruiting a Programme Coordinator that will monitor projects and support organizations in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and be based in Belgrade. The Programme Coordinator will facilitate the cooperation between the meber organizations of the Olof Palme International Center and their partner organizations in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and monitor that their projects are in in accordance with our goals, strategies and policies. The Programme Coordinator will be based in the Belgrade office of the Palme Center and travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina at least 5 to 10 days a month.

2013-03-06

South Africa: A film on women’s struggle for gender equality

In South Africa there is a long history of women’s struggle for equality and justice. Long before gaining full membership in the ANC in 1943, there were women standing up and protesting against the passport laws. To this day, there are still more battles to be fought. In this movie, women members of the ANC give their perspective on these questions and why they matter.

2013-03-05

South Africa: A film on women’s struggle for gender equality

- There are similarities with the struggle for non-racialism, you can’t just say black people mobilize for non-racialism, you also have to bring white people into the picture and say that you have a common future, a common responsibility to build South Africa, says Febe Potgieter, member of the ANC.

2013-02-06

Serbia: 1 500 attended the premier of a documentary about Olof Palme

After the screening a seminar about the former Swedish Social democratic Prime Minister Olof Palme was held. Zoran Popović , Director of the Festival, Tue Steen Müller, Festival Selector, Torgny Svennugsson, Head of Sida in Serbia and Danilo Milić program manager for the Olof Palme International Center in Serbia were invited to discuss not only the movie but foremost the political engagement that Olof Palme and the film inspires to.

2013-01-04

Serbia: Civil society gathers for the future

About 50 representatives from different civil society organizations gathered to reflect upon where the Serbian civil society is heading as well as their own role in relation to this.  -I think we need some fresh ideas and some new faces in order to take some steps forward in the right direction and to create a really powerful civil society sector in Serbia, says Dragomir.

2013-01-03

Fight against corruption in higher education

Jovana Tripunovic presented how the project works to battle corruption in higher education and raise transparency and accountability of the educational systems and institutions.

2013-01-02

Anna Lindh Seminar 2012: A new global deal between capital and labour

To commemorate Anna Lindh, the Swedish Social Democratic Party together with the Olof Palme International Center, organise an annual seminar on internationalissues of concern. In 2012 the issue discussed was “A new global deal between capital and labour”.

2012-12-20

Learning to be heard: Seminars for Young Politicians in Africa

"Young people tell me that they are not being listened to when attending party meetings. Older people leave the room or talk to each other as the young speak", says Erike Tanghöj, chairs the pan-African Program for Young Politicians in Africa (PYPA).

2012-12-20

Ten years of peace in Angola

After decades of civil war, Angola is today a country on the rise. The Olof Palme International Center and the Swedish Social Democrats are working together with the country's Social Democratic Party, MPLA, in a project called From Bullets to Ballots. Other parties that are participating in this cooperation are the South African ANC and the Palestinian Fatah, all of whom share a common history of continued struggle against oppression and occupation.

2012-12-20

Learning to be heard: Seminars for Young Politicians in Africa

PYPA is  a three-year initiative (2012-2014) carried out by the Centre Party International Foundation (CIS) in cooperation with Green Forum (GF), the Christian Democratic International Center (KIC), and the Olof Palme International Center (OPC).About 120 young African politicians from eleven countries are participating.

2012-12-20

Learning to be heard: Seminars for Young Politicians in Africa

PYPA is  a three-year initiative (2012-2014) carried out by the Centre Party International Foundation (CIS) in cooperation with Green Forum (GF), the Christian Democratic International Center (KIC), and the Olof Palme International Center (OPC).About 120 young African politicians from eleven countries are participating.

2012-10-30

The Conflict in Western Burma Continues

The conflict that flared up in Rakhaine state (Arakan state) in western Burma in June between the Buddhist majority population, Rakhaine and the Muslim minority, Rohingya have recently escalated.

2012-10-30

The Conflict in Western Burma Continues

Last week, 84 people, both Buddhists and Muslims, were been killed and 3 000 homes have been destroyed, according to government figures. Since the conflict broke out in June, over 100 people have been killed and over 100 000 people have been displaced.

2012-10-23

Social democrats in Central and Eastern Europe share ideas and experiences on information and communication

By organizing the conference “Information Technologies and Political Participation”, the National Democratic Institute, the Democratic Party of Socialist of Montenegro and the Olof Palme International Center brought together representatives of the social democratic parties from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to share their knowledge and experience on broader ICT issues and more innovative concepts for the first time. The organizers wanted to encourage political parties to use the advantages of ICT to increase citizen participation in their policy-making as well as to foster them to develop their own ICT-related policies. The conference brought forward several new perspectives.

2012-09-23

New capacity building website for social democrats

To meet this demand we have produced the website “How to run and represent a party” and a handbook. The website and the handbook contain information and advice about:

2012-09-07

”It’s a question of dignity”

- Most Filipinos are not aware of their rights. The majority of the people can’t influence their own lives or the development in their society. Without knowledge of one’s rights, one can’t change one’s situation. This is why I think education makes a difference, says 26 year old Geoffrey “Union” Labudahon, who got his nickname from his strong commitment to union rights.

2012-09-06

WATER: A SOURCE FOR OPPRESSION IN PALESTINE

- We only demand what the international law says. Where there are common resources they ought to be distributed in a fair and reasonable way. That is what we ask for, said Dr Shaddad Attili, minister of the Palestinian Water Authority. In January the French parliament’s committee for foreign affairs published a report on the water situation on the occupied Westbank. The report concluded that more water is used by the 550 000 Israeli settlers than by over two million Palestinians.

2012-09-05

Women outside the labour market

- Everything in this country comes down to nationalism. It cloaks relevant reforms such as social policy, labour market policy or public investment. Here, the politics only concern division; Who attacked who? Who is exploiting who? says Merima Tabaković.

2012-08-23

New capacity building website for social democrats

To meet this demand we have produced the website “How to run and represent a party” and a handbook that can be used either as a compliment to the website or individually.  The website and the handbook contain information and advice about:

2012-07-13

Difficult situation in Syria: Analysis of the two last defections

In July 2012, two important members of the regime in Syria defected: Bashar al-Assad's personal friend Manaf Tlass, head of a brigade that caters to presidential security, and Nawwaf al-Fares, the Syrian ambassador to Iraq and an influential tribal leader in the Syrian east.

2012-07-13

Difficult situation in Syria: Analysis of the two last defections

In July 2012, two important members of the regime in Syria defected: Bashar al-Assad's personal friend Manaf Tlass, head of a brigade that caters to presidential security, and Nawwaf al-Fares, the Syrian ambassador to Iraq and an influential tribal leader in the Syrian east.

2012-07-13

Difficult situation in Syria: Analysis of the two last defections

These are the most important defections from the Syrian dictatorship so far. In the report "Friends no more - Implications of the Tlass and Fares defections from the Syrian regime", The Middle East expert Aron Lund analyzes the meaning of these defections and their possible future consequences.

2012-07-09

Oppositional students from Iran meet in Gothenburg

Two of the Palme Center’s partner organizations, Association for the Integration of Informal Areas and Agenda Institute, have therefore teamed up and launched the initiative POP 2013, short for Përballja e Ofertave Politike 2013, ‘Confronting Political Proposals’.

2012-07-05

New booklet about the Syrian opposition

The uprising that erupted in Syria in March last year has become the most protracted and destabilizing of all the revolutions now sweeping the Arab world. The new booklet "Divided They Stand - An Overview of Syria’s Political Opposition Factions" is the most detailed description of Syria's political opposition movement published to date.

2012-07-05

New booklet about the Syrian opposition

The uprising that erupted in Syria in March last year has become the most protracted and destabilizing of all the revolutions now sweeping the Arab world. The Baath Party-led government of President Bashar al-Assad has been weakened by popular protest and international isolation, but the military core of the regime has remained largely intact.

2012-05-22

Unexpected winner in Serbian presidential election

Commentary by Danilo Milic, Program Coordinator Belgrad

2011-10-12

The Syrian Opposition met in Stockholm

The conference gathered leading representatives from a large range of different opposition parties, ethnic and religious organizations, as well as writers, university teachers, actors and bloggers. The participants came both from within Syria and from the opposition that has fled to other countries, for example France, Germany and Sweden. A hundred persons participated in the conference. Some of the participants were the chairman of the newly founded Syrian National Council (SNC) Burhan Ghalioun, the writer Michel Kilo, the political scientist Ghied Al Hashmy, the writer Faiez Sara and the member of the SNC Steering Committee Abdulbaset Sieda.

2011-04-07

Let us use our freedom

Many oppressive regimes in North Africa and the Middle East have been preserved in order to maintain regional stability. The U.S. and the EU have turned a blind eye to despots that have kept their countries in an iron grip, even going so far as to actively support regimes such as Egypt's Mubarak, Tunisia's Ben Ali, Libya's Gaddafi, the Moroccan royal family, Algeria's Bouteflika, Saudi Arabia's elite and others.

2011-02-01

Time for dialogue in Albania

- I went to the demonstration because I was outraged by a government, whose ministers on tape make deals of millions of Euros, as 250 000 Albanians again are falling below the extreme poverty line, said Arbi Mazniku, of Agenda Institute, a non-Governmental Organisation in Tirana.

2011-02-01

Time for dialogue in Albania

The political polarisation that resulted in the recent anti-government demonstrations in Tirana has escalated since the elections in June 2009. The thousands of people that took to the streets on January 21, 2011 were calling on the Democratic Party government to step down after allegations of electoral fraud and corruption. 

2010-07-13

Anna Lindh Seminar 2010

2010-07-13

Anna Lindh Seminar 2010

2010-05-31

To refuse

The only time I have been close to hitting someone is when i was gripped by fear. People who are afraid are incalculable and dangerous. Therefore, I have tried to understand the actions of nations who act violently out of fear. With this in mind, I have tried to understand the actions of Israel, but not accept them.

2010-05-19

Active Local Community Councils improve living conditions

2010-05-19

They solve the garbage problems

2010-05-19

They protect their right to water

2010-05-19

Community

We also call on the international community, particularly China, ndia, and ASEAN countries to increase pressure on the SPDC to immediately cease its violence against unarmed peaceful protesters and to commence political dialogue focused on genuine reforms. We believe that the region's muted response on Burma for the past few weeks has emboldened the regime to be violent.

2010-05-19

CommunityCouncils

In ten towns in western Bosnia and Herzegovina that were hard-hit by the war, the Center for Civic Cooperation is implementing a project funded by the Olof Palme International Center (together with support from the C.S.Mott Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy) to promote the establishment of Local Community Councils in order to increase active public participation in local decision-making and thereby increase local government accountability and attention to community needs.

2010-03-12

A new generation of politicians

The Palme Center supports a project called “Academy for political leaders”. The aim is to create a new generation of more democratically minded politicians ready to cooperate for the benefit of their communities. More than 40 % of the first class of Academy students, became councilors in their local government structure.

2010-03-11

Women workers march in Lahore to observe International Women Day

LAHORE: Over 1500 women marched on the Mall, from Nasir Bagh to Punjab Assembly under the banner of Women Workers Help Line (WWHL) to celebrate the International Women Day on Monday, March 8.

2010-02-24

EU fisheries agreement a violation of international law

The EU fisheries agreement with Morocco is in violation of international law, and must be stopped. Press release from MEP Åsa Westlund (S&D), and Jens Orback, Secretary-General of Olof Palme International Center.

2009-10-29

UN on disasters

Jerry Velasquez, senior regional coordinator of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) agency, said the Philippines was even worse than military-ruled Burma (Myanmar) in coping with natural calamities.

2009-10-10

The Co-operative changed their lives

“We women have realised our value and our men are also beginning to do so”; says Fidaa Rashid, one of the co-operative participants. The work in the co-operative takes time but Fidaa Rashid also wants to begin studying English and computers. She has three children and is expecting a fourth, and thinks it is important that her children learn about computers.

2009-10-10

A visit with Fatah in Hebron

The building where Fatah in Hebron has its premises looks half-finished and the staircase to the second floor seems makeshift. Pictures of the former and current Palestinian Presidents, Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas signal we have come to the right place.   Hebron is one of several Fatah districts that have so-called “party close support” via the Palme Center. (see the fact box) The co-operative partner is often a Swedish social democratic party district and for Hebron it is the party district in Uppsala.

2009-10-10

From liberation to freedom

Socialdemokratisk idétradition har ofta kretsat kring kampen för att olika kollektiv ska befrias. Både nationellt och internationellt. Det har handlat om proletariat och arbetarklasser. Om folk som har ockuperats och tvingats knäa under kolonialherrars flaggor. Och om folk som lidit förtryckets kval under otaliga militärdiktaturer.

2008-12-18

The network for female politicians from Southern Africa

April 2008 saw the visit of the Southern African forum for Social Democratic women, one of the party-oriented Democracy projects at the Palme Center. These projects aim to strengthen democracy through support to organizations and political parties that work for justice, development and peace. Encouraging political participation, education and organizational development, particularly for women and youth, lay at the heart of these projects.

2008-12-18

The network for female politicians from Southern Africa

The SA network is comprised of parliamentarians from nine nations all of whom have demonstrated “that women can make a difference”. This was the second meeting of the forum where it was felt  that shared experiences and mentorship will continue to strengthen the network.

2008-10-27

Referendum or armed struggle? Africa’s last colony hands the UN an ultimatum

The silence is palpable and fills the Per Albin room at ABF House, Stockholm. The seminar is Western Sahara – Africa’s last colony. Migration under occupation. The speaker is Brahim Mokhtar, the quietly spoken Polisario representative to Sweden, Polisario being the Western Sahara’s Freedom movement. He looks spent as you would if you had just confided that you have given the United Nations an ultimatum: honor your promise and give us a referendum or expect a resumption of hostilities. This ultimatum is a warning of an imminent war and the deadline is 31st December, 2008.

2008-09-05

Xenophobia and the violent attacks in south africa

2008-09-05

Xenophobia and the violent attacks in south africa

The violent offensive against foreign migrants and minority ethnic groups in South Africa has marked 2008 as a year of apologies and shame. It is one of the most unfortunate transitional narratives of post-apartheid South Africa.

2008-07-01

Southern African Forum for Social Democratic Women

-When you educate a woman you are educating a whole nation, said Amelia Sumbana, Parliamentarian from Mozambique in her address to the Social Democratic Party at the yearly meeting. From April 10th – 19th 2008, Olle Burell of the Olof Palme Center played host to thirteen parliamentarians from Southern African, through one of the Palme Center’s democracy projects.

2008-07-01

Southern African Forum for Social Democratic Women

The goal of the project is to build up a network of female politicians in SADC (The Southern African development Community). Participants are parliamentarians from both government and opposition parties.  During their visit they met with Anna -Carin Jämtin och representatives of Stockholm Social Democratic Women. They also met Mona Sahlin, Bo Ringholm and several other Swedish Social Democrats. Study visits to important social institutions was on the programme as was a lecture on the history of the Swedish Labour movement by Anita Gradin.

2008-05-05

Years to reconstruct Rangoon

According to experts, it will take years to reconstruct Rgn and other towns as all infrastructures are collapsed now.

2008-05-05

Years to reconstruct Rangoon

It will take at least 40 days to reinstall electrical lines. Main water supply system is damaged and the whole city cannot get any water now. A bottle of water cost 800 kts and there is no more stock now.

2008-02-13

Union Day Protest in Rangoon

The protesters gathered for about 40 minutes outside the Rangoon headquarters of the opposition National League for Democracy, where Union Day ceremonies were being held. Riot police and plain clothes security officials were deployed outside the building and took pictures of the protesters on film and video, but no arrests were made.

2007-11-07

ITUC calls on Companies to End Business Links with Burma

ITUC, Intenational Trade Union Confederation, calls on Companies to End Business Links with Burma Burmese Trade Union Federation Asks Companies to Disinvest

2007-11-06

The Day Two - Of underground life

The meeting was nearly ending when I heard the news that emergency is been declared. I decided immediately to travel to Lahore. I was in contact with other party comrades on telephone and every one advised me not to go to my home. This was in the background of my three arrests in three months where I spent 23 days in jails and police stations. Labour Party Pakistan has become a target for the military regime because of active participation in the advocate movement. Several comrades had been arrested during the movement.

2007-10-11

Burma Update

As we all know, it has made a big difference when the whole world witnessed on the pictures of brutal crackdowns by the military regime on unarmed monks and protesters on the television screen.

2007-10-05

Burma - Five monastries raided last night

Many reports inform you more arrests of activists inside Burma right after the UN Special envoy Mr. Gambari left.  Actually, number of arrests had been made even while he was in the country for four days.  The military trucks going around some parts of Rangoon City and dragged away some people last night as well (3/10/07) when threats were made to those who involved in the peaceful protests.  So far, we only know that Mr. Gambari delivered a strong message to military regime's top leaders but no substance of what they discussed has yet been released or revealed.

2007-09-28

They are KIlling Again!

As much as international media across the globe is covering all happening in the country around the clock, the people in Burma have been so courageously marching on the streets knowingly they would be shot and killed while many are making sure the information reach to outside world immediately as things happen.

2007-09-20

The ETU AIDS project

– We have taken up the fight against AIDS because it impacts so deeply on the lives of poor people. We also see it as a new front of struggle and feel that the way one conducts this struggle can help to build civil society, people’s power and accountable and responsive local government, says Beatie Hofmeyr national manager at The Education and Training Unit (ETU).

2006-05-15

Namibia: The Next Election is Crucial for Change

The Namibians are a peace-loving people. The fought against the colonial power Germany, which even resorted to genocide, and against South Africa, which occupied the country after the First World War and introduced apartheid. But after victory their energy was exhausted, says Nora Schimming-Chase, National Chairperson of Namibia’s largest opposition party, the Congress of Democrats.

2013-02-06

Serbia: 1 500 attended the premier of a documentary about Olof Palme

Last weekend the Swedish documentary Palme was screened at the documentary film festival The Magnificent 7 in Belgrade. The movie, directed by Kristina Lindström and Maud Nycander, has attracted a record audience to Swedish cinemas during the fall and did the same in Belgrade. 1500 people attended the Serbian premiere at the conference center Sava Centar last Friday.

2008-02-13

Union Day Protest in Rangoon

Feb 12, 2008 More than 30 protesters dressed in the blue uniforms worn by prison inmates staged a protest in Rangoon on Tuesday, demanding the release of political prisoners and respect for UN resolutions on Burma.

2011-02-01

Time for dialogue in Albania

2007-11-06

The Day Two - Of underground life

Today is my second day in underground life. On 3rd November 2007, when General Musharaf declared an emergency and suspended the constitution, I was in Toba Tek Singh, a city around four hours from Lahore. This was to attend a meeting for the preparations of the Labour Party Pakistan fourth national conference. The conference was scheduled to held 9/10/11th November in the city. Poster for the welcome of the delegates were printed and an invitation card to invite supporters for the open session of the conference was ready as well.

2009-10-29

UN on disasters in the Philippines: Worst yet to come

Storms worse than “Ondoy” (also named “Ketsana”) and “Pepeng” will hit the Philippines in the coming years, but the country is one of the least prepared nations in Southeast Asia to cope with natural disasters, a United Nations official warned Tuesday.

2008-10-27

Referendum or armed struggle? Africa’s last colony hands the UN an ultimatum

“Let us as a people have the right to say what we want. Let us have our referendum. If this doesn’t happen, I can assure you that our young people are not prepared to live as we have lived for the past 33 years. They want their freedom. If they don’t get it, they will pay the ultimate price – they will die fighting for it. “

2011-10-12

The Syrian Opposition met in Stockholm

The 8-10:th of October the Syrian opposition gathered at a conference that took place in Stockholm, hosted by the Olof Palme International Center. The conference was called “Unify all efforts to support the Syrian people” and aimed at unifying the opposition’s different fractions and their efforts for democracy and human rights in Syria.

2007-10-11

Burma Update

Dear Friends, I’m terribly sorry for being unable to send you an update over the past 4 days. Below please find the update from the Secretariat for October 5 - 9, 2007.

2009-10-10

The union is a support to the enemployed

Plaxedes Chironda works at rose growers Green Valley Growers outside of Harare. The wage is one US dollar per day, but Plaxedes is glad to have a job in a Zimbabwe where more than 90 percent are unemployed.

2009-10-10

A visit with Fatah in Hebron

“After the election in 2006, we were contacted by social democratic parties from many countries. But we get along best with the Swedes”, says Khaled Tomaizi at Fatahs party district in Hebron, The West Bank. “You have no hidden agenda, but really want to help build democracy."

2013-01-03

Serbia: Civil society gathers for the future

“I would really like to see some changes in the NGO-sector in Serbia” says Dragomir Pop Mitic from Uzice Center for Human Rights and Democracy who participated in an event for civil society organizations in Belgrade in December.

2013-01-03

Serbia: Civil society gathers for the future

“I would really like to see some changes in the NGO-sector in Serbia” says Dragomir Pop Mitic from Uzice Center for Human Rights and Democracy who participated in an event for civil society organizations in Belgrade in December.

2013-01-03

Serbia: Fight against corruption in higher education

Jovana Tripunovic from the Belgrade Open School participated in the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) where she presented the activities within the project Raising Accountability of Universities in Serbia that is supported by Olof Palme International Center.

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