Conferences and Briefings on Belarus

Mon, 2011-10-24 12:18 19 October, the Parliament of Sweden hosted a seminar "EU visa policies and Eastern Partnership countries: prospects and barriers for visa liberalisation", which was initiated and organised by the Polish and Hungarian embassies in Stockholm, the Ostgruppen Swedish civil society organisation and the Warsaw-based Batory Foundation. The event gathered members of the Riksdagen, representatives of the diplomatic community, journalists and civil society activists.

Wed, 2011-09-28 15:25

Public address of the Belarusian National Platform of the EaP Civil Society Forum to the participants of the Eastern Partnership Summit
September 28, 2011

The Eastern Partnership initiative was proposed by the European Union with the aim of supporting reforms in six countries of the Eastern dimension and strengthening their relations with the EU on the basis of common values – with democratic development and the rule of law being at the core of those. Along with the promotion of economic and social reforms in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, the EU remains committed to the further advancement of democratic norms and values in the six partner states.

Mon, 2011-09-19 11:12

On 15 September, the international Coalition for the European Continent Undivided by Visa Barriers, called upon the leaders of the European Union and Eastern Partnership (EaP) states to reiterate their pledge to establish visa-free travel between the EU and the EaP countries.
The members of the coalition believe that “visa liberalisation has a common win-win outcome.”

Mon, 2011-08-29 14:32

On 27 August 2011, the Center for Research and Policy Making (Skopje, Macedonia) in cooperation with the Office for a Democratic Belarus (Brussels, Belgium) and the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies (Vilnius, Lithuania) organized a seminar in Belarus entitled “Transfer of Macedonia NGOs experience on visa liberalization”. This event took place in the framework of the PASOS- led project ‘Paving the road towards visa-free travel between the Eastern Partnership and the EU’, the goal of which is to facilitate the establishment of a visa-free regime between the EU and countries of the Eastern Partnership.

Fri, 2011-05-27 22:00

While the EU interior ministers agreed on May 12 to change the rules of the Schengen passport-free area, seeking to clarify conditions under which national governments can reinstate border controls, Belarus is trying to make its way out of visa isolation.

Thu, 2011-04-21 22:00

In a broad appeal sent to the Belarusian Government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Sport and Tourism, and to the Ministry of Culture, the organizations suggested “to unilaterally reduce Belarusian visa fees and simplify the visa procedures or abolish the visa regime altogether as a gesture of good will”.

Tue, 2011-03-29 13:01

 белорусы в ЕС - демократия в БеларусиA number of well-known Belarusian NGOs and think tanks have joined forces within a public VISA-FREE coalition. Assisted by partners from EU member states, Belarusians are going to advocate the idea of visa-free travel between Belarus and other European countries.  We will make every effort to assist civic initiatives of Belarus in this ambitious undertaking. Actually, initiating a dialogue with the European colleagues on facilitating people-to-people contacts should be a task for the government of Belarus; however, as the authorities are hesitant to remove the artificial barriers, it is up for the civil society to make its voice heard,“ – says Tomas Tomilinas of „Belarus Watch“ NGO, the Lithuanian partner of the coalition.

Thu, 2011-03-03 12:36

The opening of the exhibition ‘December 19 as Seen by Journalists’ took place in Brussels on March 2, 2011. The event was organised by the Office for a Democratic Belarus and the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ).  The Permanent Representation of Sweden to the European Union hosted the event.

Ambassador Dag Hartelius stressed in his welcoming speech the importance of telling the story of December 19 in Minsk to a broader audience and thus to continue to keep the attention on the current developments in Belarus.

46 photos by seven Belarusian photographers have depicted several post-election events in Minsk on December 19, 2010. The photos illustrates thousands of peaceful demonstrators on the streets in Minsk, fully-armed riot police officers, protest crackdowns, severely beaten and injured protesters and journalists, but also solidarity actions outside of the detention centre and the release of some demonstrators. The photographers Ksenija  Avimava, Syarhei  Balay, Dzmitry  Brushko, Vadzim Zamirouski, Alyaksandr  Ziankou,  Uladzimir  Hrydzin, and Alyaksei Matsiushkou took photos on the Independence square in Minsk while the violence was escalating. Three of them came to Brussels to present their photographs.

Fri, 2011-02-25 12:31

Dear colleagues and friends,

The Office for a Democratic Belarus and the Belarusian Association of Journalists are pleased to invite you to the opening of the photo exhibition ‘December 19 as Seen by Journalists’. The event is hosted by The Permanent Representation of Sweden to the European Union. Following the exhibition a briefing and discussion on the freedom of media in Belarus after the presidential election on 19 December, 2010 will be held. Ambassador Dag Hartelius will introduce the briefing carried out by Ms Zhanna Litvina, head of the Belarusian Association of Journalists.

The event will take place on 2 March 2011 from 16.30-18.30 at The Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU (Square de Meeûs 30, 1000 Brussels).

Drinks and a light snack will be provided.

The exhibition consists of 46 images by seven Belarusian photographers working for Agence France Presse, the Associated Press, the ITAR-TASS and some well-known Belarusian and Russian media.

Mon, 2011-01-10 12:15 Coalition for a European Continent Undivided by Visa Barriers expresses utmost concern about the ongoing human rights violations in Belarus that started on December 19, 2010: The peaceful demonstration against fraudulent election results that took place on December 19, 2010 was violently dispersed and resulted in the arrest of over 600 persons. The daily arrests took place also well beyond election day, and searches of homes and offices of members of political, social and human rights organizations and journalists continue to this day.