In co-operation with The Parliamentary network for Belarus
Location: Förstakammarsalen, Riksdagen
BELARUSIAN CIVIL SOCIETY
– Struggle for Survival
In the aftermath of the presidential elections in December 2010, the human rights situation in Belarus became alarming. Though no longer deteriorating, conditions remain severe. Despite continuous protests on behalf of the international community, Belarus still keeps political prisoners, and Lukashenka’s regime continues to severely curtail freedoms of association, assembly and expression.
The European Union has undertaken a number of responsive actions, but the main challenge remains: to find appropriate measures and instruments effectively contributing to democratic developments within the country. The sticks and carrots approach vis-à-vis the authoritarian Belarusian regime has not yet given enough sustainable results.
Meanwhile, Belarusian civil society is on the verge of exhaustion. The pressure on independent civil society organisations is continuously very high and large parts of their efforts are by necessity directed at mere survival. But, how much longer will they endure?
Come and listen to what some of Belarus’ most prominent journalists and civil society representatives have to say about the current situation, and take part in a discussion on how EU could and should proceed!
(Human Rights Center Viasna)
(Belarusian Association of Journalists)
(Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Belarus Service)
N.B. Register to [email protected] no later than by Monday, March 18