unpoblog has written 23 posts for Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

Seminar on Exclusion – part 3

After a good night’s sleep and hearty breakfast, we were looking forward to starting day six as it involved an afternoon trip to Ganja. As the trip was only scheduled for towards the end of the afternoon, we had a morning session devoted to “the ladder of participation.” First the facilitators introduced us to the … Continue reading

Seminar on Exclusion – part 2

With the introductions over and our expectations and fears clearly discussed, it was time to become a cohesive team to able to work together. The third day started with establishing group rules which included listening and respecting each other. This serious activity was followed by some very necessary teambuilding activities. We played games under the … Continue reading

Seminar on Exclusion – part 1

Several UNPO staff members, from both the Brussels and the The Hague offices, recently traveled to Azerbaijan to take part in a Youth in Action Seminar entitled “On the Edge – Inclusion Across Borders”. As we arrived some two days prior to the start of the seminar in Ganja, the second biggest city of Azerbaijan, … Continue reading

Discover the Caucasus – Human Rights in Armenia Part 3

Day six, the final day of the visit part of this study visit, took us to Yerevan where we would visit two NGO’s namely PINK Armenia and the Women’s Resource Centre, first up was PINK Armenia. Public Information in Need of Knowledge Armenia (PINK Armenia) is an NGO that focus on sexual health, human rights … Continue reading

Discover the Caucasus – Human Rights in Armenia Part 2

We woke up on the fourth day looking forward to an exciting day filled with interesting discussions with both NGO’s and the locals. All of the study visits on this day took place in Vanadzor and the first organization we visited was the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly of Vanadzor (HCAV). When the HCAV was first founded … Continue reading

Discover the Caucasus – Human Rights in Armenia Part 1

One UNPO Staff Member traveled to Armenia to take part in a Youth in Action Study Visit entitled “Discover the Caucasus – Human Rights in Armenia”. I arrived in Yerevan in the wee hours of the morning where a taxi waited for me which would take me to the central hub for this study visit: … Continue reading

Reflections on SpeakOut! 2013

  SpeakOut! is a training event designed to bring together young activists and UNPO Members from a wide range of nations and backgrounds with an interest in human rights, in order to learn and develop a working knowledge of human rights advocacy. Participants engage in a negotiation exercise.   The goal of SpeakOut! is to successfully train youth about … Continue reading


An integral part of any international conference, seminar or training is the exchange of cultural experiences and sharing of significantly varying belief systems. For this reason, one of the official parts of any Youth in Action training is the “cultural night”, where participants represent their countries and share national cuisine, be it the Ukrainian “salo” … Continue reading


The training brought together participants from 11 countries such as Lithuania, Romania, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Spain, Albania, Turkey, Belarus and the Netherlands. Given the topic, the diversity of participants and their views was a perfect component for learning from each other’s experiences. For many, this was just another (yet very different from … Continue reading

UNPO in Turkey PART I

Two UNPO members travelled to Turkey for the Youth in Action training on “The Causes and Advantages of Youth Mobility and European Migration”. The destination, contrary to the popular image of Turkey as a destination for tourism, was its Kurdish city, Diyarbakir. No sea, no tourists, but friendly hosts and a beautiful introduction to the … Continue reading

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