Results of Competition of Student Essays on Human Rights Announced

The competition of creative essays on human rights, launched by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Belarus, the Council of Europe Information Point in Belarus and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for students of higher educational institutions in Belarus, has finished.

The competition of creative essays on human rights, launched by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Belarus, the Council of Europe Information Point in Belarus and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for students of higher educational institutions in Belarus, has finished.

Students from all regions of the Republic of Belarus competed to become the best in the nominations "Rights of Persons with Disabilities," "Rights of Youth," "Migrants' Rights" and "Gender Equality."

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Acting UN Resident Coordinator, UNICEF Representative in Belarus Yuri Oksamitniy noted that among the participants and winners were not only representatives of capital–based but also regional universities, and this fact indicated the high interest in the subject of human rights displayed by young people throughout the country.

"For the United Nations, human rights is one of the main goals, it is our mission and our duty, because without respect for human rights there can be neither peace nor stable and sustainable development. Young people play a very important role in development of society. In Belarus, young people make up 26% of the total population, they are our future, and, hence, for us today it is very important to invest also in the education of young people in the field of human rights," said Yuri Oksamitniy.

In their essays, the participants tried not only to formulate specific problems of human rights encountered by persons with disabilities, young people and migrants, as well as in the field of gender equality, but also suggested specific ways and means to solve them in Belarus.

The participants who took the first three places in each category were awarded prizes and joint diplomas of the Council of Europe, the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute. They also got the opportunity to go for a summer internship to Sweden.

The winners of the competition in 2014:

In the category "Rights of Persons with Disabilities"

1st place — Sofia El Ghazal, Belarus State University, Department of International Relations, 4th year, "Barrier Free Tourism in Belarus: Challenges and Prospects."
2nd place — Anna Magonova, Gomel F.Skaryna State University, Law Faculty, 5th year, "The Right of Persons with Disabilities to Access to the Internet."
3rd place — Inga Medvedeva, Academy of Public Administration under the Aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus, Faculty of Management, 2nd year, "Is the Job Vacancy Available for Applicants with Disabilities?"

In the category "Rights of Youth":

1st place — Kristina Baydo, Mogilev A.A.Kulyashou State University, Faculty of Economics and Law, 3rd year, "On the Problems of Young People in the Republic of Belarus."
2nd place — Sergey Bolmotov, Gomel F.Skaryna State University, Law Faculty, 5th year, "Alimony Obligations in the Mechanism of Protection of Property Rights of Young People."
3rd place — Vladislav Lagun, Belarus State University, Department of International Relations, 5th year, "The Problem of Non–Viability of Currently Existing Form of Student Self–Government."

In the category "Gender Equality":

1st place — Yulia Kryuk, Belarus State University, Department of International Relations, 5th year, "The Problem of Gender Equality in the Republic of Belarus."
2nd place — Olga Dashkovets, Belarus State University, Law Faculty, 5th year, "Domestic Violence as a Kind of Gender Inequality in the Republic of Belarus."
3rd place — Elena Khodartsevich, Belarus State University, Department of International Relations, 4th year, "Some Problems of Gender Inequality in Family Relations."

In the category "Migrants' Rights":

1st place — Ekaterina Bozhenkina, Belarus State University, Law Faculty, 5th year, "Some Problems of Ukrainian Citizens' Migration to the Republic of Belarus."
2nd place – Elizaveta Zhuk, Belarus State University, Law Faculty, 4th year, "The Situation of Ukrainian Citizens who Arrived on the Territory of the Republic of Belarus: Problems and Solutions."
3rd place — Viktoria Astapenko, Gomel F.Skaryna State University, Law Faculty, 5th year, "Peculiarities of Departure Abroad of Minor Citizens of the Republic of Belarus."

The competition of creative essays on human rights has been conducted by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Belarus, the Council of Europe Information Point in Belarus and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for students of higher educational institutions in Belarus for the third time.

The competition is organized on the eve of Human Rights Day in order to increase Belarusian students' knowledge and understanding of norms and principles of respecting and protecting human rights.