The United States welcomes the August 22 release from prison in Belarus of Mikalai Statkevich, Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok, Evgeniy Vackovich, Artyom Prokopenko, and Yuriy Rubtsov. The release of these six political prisoners is a positive development for the people of Belarus and an important step toward normalizing relations with the United States. We reiterate our call for the Government of Belarus to restore the political rights of these six and other former political prisoners.

The release of Mykalai Statkevich, Mykalai Dziadok, Ihar Alinevich, Jury Rubstov, Euheny Vaskovich and Arytom Prakapenka, is a long -sought step forward. They are now free.
Former presidential candidate Mykalai Statkevich stands out in particular as an example of the tireless work and committment of many for a democratic Belarus.

How should gender equality principles be applied when a business company is planning its internal CSR strategy? Expert Iryna Alkhouka, member of the  National Council on Gender Policy at the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus and Head of International public association "Gender Perspectives", explained to us why gender equality observance and corporate social responsibility are measures helping business in times of crisis. You can read more in the interview the expert gave for the ODB website.

A training seminar for consultants of the Clearing House programme "The Art of Managing – from Goal-Setting to Effective Results" was conducted from June 30 to July 1, 2015 in Minsk. Participants of the event examined methods of increasing effectiveness of providing consultation services from the idea of a project to its implementation in Belarus with international technical assistance.

On July 1, 2015 Minsk hosted a training seminar on how to cover EU activities in Belarus. Participants of the seminar examined methods and modern strategies of informing the Belarusian public about EU projects and international technical aid as well as financial support provided to the country. The event was attended by representatives of Belarusian non-profit organizations, offices of international programmes and regional authority structures.

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