About The Diversity Initiative

Responding to an increase in the number of suspected racially motivated attacks in Ukraine beginning in December 2006, International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Amnesty International (AI) and other concerned civil society organizations formed the Diversity Initiative network in April 2007 to begin addressing the issue in a coordinated way.


ODIHR Director Link calls for greater efforts to educate youth about the Roma and Sinti genocide, ahead of the anniversary of the liquidation of the “Gypsy camp” at Auschwitz-Birkenau

WARSAW, 31 July 2015 – Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), called today on OSCE participating States to focus on teaching youth about the Roma and Sinti genocide, in order to combat current forms of racism and discrimination against Roma and Sinti. The statement came ahead of Sunday’s 71st anniversary of the “Zigeunerlager”, or “Gypsy Camp”, liquidation at Auschwitz-Birkenau.


National/Racial/Ethnic Minorities

Paid ‘Anti-Semitism’ in Lviv

A fake anti-Semitic demonstration in Lviv on Wednesday was ugly and dangerous, not least because it highlighted the ease with which such stunts can be orchestrated and the inability of the authorities in a democratic country to intervene.  The local media fortunately reacted with some inconvenient questions and close attention to money changing hands.  


22 July - Europe Day for the Victims of Hate Crime

As you read this post now someone falls victim to hate crime in Europe. In most cases this crime will go unreported and not investigated. Hate crimes are criminal acts motivated by bias or prejudice towards particular groups of people. Violence and crime known as hate crime are motivated by racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance, a person or group disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, political views or any other forms of intolerance based on any forms of discrimination of hatred. Since hate speech may encourage or accompany hate crime, the two are interlinked.

Call for participants to the training "Practices of counteracting and preventing interethnic hatred"

The text is avaibale only in Russian and Ukrainian

Training “Best practices in the integration of migrants in line with OSCE commitments”

The text is available on Ukrainian and Russian pages

Training "Tools for monitoring and advocating the rights of national minorities and migrants in Ukraine" October 22-24, Kyiv

The representatives of national minority and migrantscommunities and civil society organizations (CSOs) are invitedto submit applications to participate in the 3-day workshop"Tools for monitoring and advocating the rights of nationalminorities and migrants in Ukraine" October 22-24 in Kyiv. 

The training is conducted by the Regional Office of the F. Ebert Foundation in Ukraine and the International Organization for Migration in Ukraine. 

Training “Best practices in the integration of migrants in line with OSCE commitments”

The text is available on Ukrainian and Russian pages


CAMP "BUILDING BRIDGES, NOT WALLS" for children ages 13-17 will be held October 27 - November 3, 2014 in the resort "Sun Valley" p. Bojan, Chernivtsi region (info at camp and competition terms in English Language) Settlement of children 3-4 bed beautiful rooms with all amenities, 4 meals. Complex "Sun Valley" is located at a distance of 15 km. of m. Chernivtsi. This place inspired by nature and human hands cleanliness equipped for your comfort. There are all conditions in order to fully relax from everyday affairs and concerns.


Federation of Football of Ukraine is pleased to invite you to attend a conference “Football Against Discrimination, For Unity and Peace”, organized jointly with East European Development Institute on the eve of the Europe-wide Annual Action week “Football against Racism in Europe” in October 2014. The conference will be held from 10.00 till 13.00 h, on September 22, 2014 in Kyiv in the House of Football, located at 7-A, Laboratorniy provulok in Kyiv.