by Eric Chenoweth
Welcome to IDEE’s new web page. For previous posts through 2014, go to www.idee.org.
IDEE Condemns Forced Exile of Crimean Tatar Leaders
The Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe (IDEE) welcomes the release from prison and house arrest of Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, the two deputy chairmen of the Crimean Tatar national assembly, the Mejlis. IDEE equally and strongly protests their forcible expulsion from Crimea. Their unwanted exile is a further violation of human rights by the Russian government — part of a systematic campaign of persecution of Crimean Tatars since its illegal occupation of Crimea in March 2014. Reminiscent of the Soviet Union’s practice to exile its opponents, this action, must be protested by the US Government, Congress and European governments. The convictions of the two leaders should be reversed and they should be allowed to return feely to their homeland without further fear of arrest. Read more
25 Years After 1989: Reflections on Unfinished Revolutions
In October 2014, IDEE held a seminar with 22 veterans of the 1989-91 revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in order to examine the varied outcomes of the transitions from communism, analyze the current crisis in the region, and develop ideas for taking on the unfinished business of that era. An IDEE Special Report providing a summary of the findings and recommendations of the seminar has recently been published along with a special issue of Uncaptive Minds that includes the edited proceedings (papers, responses, and discussion among participants. Both are available, along with the IDEE Seminar Papers, in print or digital versions. Read more.
What is IDEE?
The Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe (IDEE) is an independent organization dedicated to the active promotion of democracy, civil society, and human rights throughout Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and other communist and post-communist countries. Formed in 1985, IDEE is one of the most experienced and successful non-governmental organizations supporting democracy in the region. It has provided unique insight and analysis through its publications and advocacy programs and has carried out hundreds of democracy, civil society, and independent media and network building projects reaching all thirty post-communist countries as well as Cuba. This new web site is aimed at presenting information on both current and past activities of the organization and to provide a forum to analyze the past and current situation in the region.