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Minority Issues Research Institute (MIRI) is an independent non-partisan think tank headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia. We are dedicated to conducting research on minority issues and promoting the rights of minorities worldwide. We foster collaboration and connections between scientists, researchers, practitioners, and minorities from diverse backgrounds to work towards a more just, fair and inclusive future.

MIRI Events

Stay up to date on the latest events and initiatives addressing current affairs and minority issues by checking out the upcoming events hosted by MIRI.

  • Book Talk: First Nationalism Then Identity
    Book Talk: First Nationalism Then Identity
    Tue, May 28
    https://zoom.us/j/93389415840?pwd=bEU1YkhQM
    May 28, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM GMT+2
    https://zoom.us/j/93389415840?pwd=bEU1YkhQM
    The 5th MIRI Seminar on Current Affairs in 2024 is featuring a book talk “First Nationalism Then Identity: On Bosnian Muslims and Their Bosniak Identity” with our Senior Researcher Dr Mirsad Kriještorac.
  • Rising insurgencies in West Africa
    Rising insurgencies in West Africa
    Fri, May 03
    Online Event
    May 03, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM GMT+2
    Online Event
    A conversation on the rising insurgencies in West Africa, their reasons and the consequences of the insurgents' threat to peace and security with our Senior Research Associates Dr Nnaoma Hyacinth Iwu.
  • Targeting Marginalized Roma Communities during the COVID-19 pandemic in Slovakia
    Targeting Marginalized Roma Communities during the COVID-19 pandemic in Slovakia
    Fri, Apr 19
    Online Event
    Apr 19, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    Online Event
    Presentation of the research results on Targeting Marginalized Roma Communities during the COVID-19 pandemic in Slovakia with Dr Svetluša Surová (President and Senior Researcher, Minority Issues Research Institute- MIRI).
  • All Eyes Are on Moldova: Critical Developments in the EU Borderland
    All Eyes Are on Moldova: Critical Developments in the EU Borderland
    Fri, Apr 12
    Online Event
    Apr 12, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM GMT+2
    Online Event
    Conversation with Dr Octavian Ticu (The Institute of History, Academy of Science of the Republic of Moldova) and Ecaterina Sheikh (Member of the Moldovan Diaspora in the US) and on the recent critical developments in Moldova.
  • Book Talk: Good Jew, Bad Jew: Racism, anti-Semitism and the Assault on Meaning
    Book Talk: Good Jew, Bad Jew: Racism, anti-Semitism and the Assault on Meaning
    Thu, Feb 22
    Online Event
    Feb 22, 2024, 1:30 PM – 2:40 PM GMT+1
    Online Event
    Political Theorist and Research Professor Steven Friedman (University of Johannesburg) addresses how and why the current language around anti-Semitism in Israel has been distorted and weaponised to serve the political objectives of the Israeli state.
  •  Institutionalization and Mainstreaming Human Rights
     Institutionalization and Mainstreaming Human Rights
    Mon, Dec 11
    Online Event
    Dec 11, 2023, 5:00 PM – 6:10 PM GMT+1
    Online Event
    Minority Issues Research Institute (MIRI) is organizing a panel of experts on the topic of Institutionalization and Mainstreaming Human Rights to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Is Russia Back to the Grand Chessboard: Niger, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Gaza
    Is Russia Back to the Grand Chessboard: Niger, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Gaza
    Fri, Nov 10
    Online Event
    Nov 10, 2023, 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM GMT+1
    Online Event
    Minority Issues Research Institute (MIRI) is organizing a panel of experts from the regions affected by conflicts to shed light on these events and explore the extent to which they are part of the Russian geopolitical chess game.
  • Transformation of Europe after Russian aggression into Ukraine
    Transformation of Europe after Russian aggression into Ukraine
    Fri, Oct 06
    Online Event
    Oct 06, 2023, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM GMT+2
    Online Event
    Talk by Mitchell A. Orenstein on the topic Transformation of Europe after Russian aggression into Ukraine within the MIRI Seminar on Current Affairs. Mitchell A. Orenstein is a Professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Roma-minority treatment in Slovakia during pandemic
    Roma-minority treatment in Slovakia during pandemic
    Sat, Sep 30
    Online Event
    Sep 30, 2023, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Online Event
    Guest Lecture by Dr Svetluša Surová, Senior Researcher of Minority Issues Research Institute (MIRI) for the students of the Florida International University of the class on the International Protection of Human Rights.

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Targeting Marginalized Roma Communities during the COVID-19 pandemic in Slovakia

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All Eyes Are on Moldova  Critical Developments in the EU Borderland

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What We Do

Public Policy Research

Our team of experienced researchers conducts policy analysis and research to address the challenges faced by minority communities. We provide evidence-based recommendations to policymakers, NGOs, and other stakeholders to promote inclusive policies and practices.

Capacity Building

We offer training and capacity-building programs to enhance the skills and knowledge of individuals and organizations working on minority issues. Our programs cover a range of topics including research methodologies, advocacy and community mobilization.

Networking & Collaboration

We facilitate connections and collaboration between stakeholders working on minority issues. We organize events, workshops, and conferences to bring together researchers, policymakers, NGOs, and minority communities to share knowledge and best practices.

Communications& Advocacy

We develop communication strategies and outreach campaigns to raise awareness about minority issues and promote inclusive policies and practices.

Meet MIRI Team

MIRI is a dedicated team of experts working towards promoting and protecting human and minority rights in Slovakia and abroad. We believe in the importance of research, education, and active involvement in shaping a more just society. Learn more about our team and the work we do to make a difference.

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