Consultation and Study Visits
Over several decades, the Institute for Minority Rights has gained national and international reputation in the field of minority and indigenous peoples' rights. Our team offers qualified consultation to a wide range of stakeholders worldwide, including, for instance, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Lobsang Sangay, the Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile. The Institute consults on issues related to, inter alia, political and economic participation, autonomy arrangements in pluri-ethnic societies, human rights, conflict prevention, and peaceful coexistence.
Through our research and consulting activities and close cooperation with universities, governments, NGOs and international organizations, as well as our expertise and well-stocked library, the Institute has become a key resource for scholars, students, high-ranking officials, minority representatives, civil servants or human rights activists. Numerous delegations from private and public institutions, local and regional governments come for study visits to the Institute to gain insight into our activities as well as the history and autonomy of South Tyrol.
The European Association of Daily Newspapers in Minority and Regional Languages (MIDAS)
Local media are a key channel to communicate the European project to all citizens and to thus reconnect the EU with its citizens and reinforce EU-optimism. Minority newspapers and their readers play an important role in this effort.
MIDAS was established in 2001 by editors-in-chief from more than ten language communities throughout Europe in order to coordinate their strategies and to stimulate cooperation in the areas of information exchange, printing, and marketing, to organize campaigns to promote its member publications, and to obtain support from EU institutions for minority languages and their print media. Currently, 27 newspapers are members of MIDAS.
The existence of daily newspapers in minority and regional languages is crucial. Such publications play a central role in the life of minority language communities. Not only do they inform; they also often protect and promote marginalized cultures and their written languages. Moreover, these publications make minorities visible to the majority. In order to support these aims, MIDAS provides opportunities such as study visits for journalists. For these activities, the Autonomous Region Trentino-South Tyrol contributes €35,000 yearly.
High-quality independent journalism is a fundamental principle of our daily work. In acknowledgement of those journalists who set journalistic standards and make particular contributions to cultural diversity and the protection of minority languages, MIDAS awards the Otto von Habsburg Prize and the MIDAS Prize for Journalism.
For further information, please visit the MIDAS website: www.midas-press.org