Conferences and Briefings on Belarus

Thu, 2008-07-17 18:46

On the invitation of the Socialist Group of the European Parliament, leaders of Belarus’ two social democratic parties, Stanislau Shushkevich and Mikalai Statkevich, and Volha Kazulina, the daughter of political prisoner and former presidential candidate Aliaksandr Kazulin, visited Brussels, Belgium on July 15, 2008. During the visit, the delegation from Belarus met with Pirkka Tappiola, Senior Adviser at the Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, and held discussions with Jacek Protasiewicz, Chairman of the Delegation for relations with Belarus, and Martin Schulz, Chairman of the Party of European Socialist group, at the European Parliament. They also participated in the round table attended by the members of the European institutions and representatives of the mass media and NGOs.

Fri, 2008-06-13 16:37

On the invitation of the Office for a Democratic Belarus and the Bratislava-based Pontis Foundation, a group of experts from Belarus visited Brussels on June 11-12. Aliaksandr Chubryk, economist, researcher of the Institute for Privatisation and Management (IMP) and the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies (BISS) and Alena Tankachova, chairwoman of the Foundation for Legal Technologies Development (FLDT) participated in a series of meetings with representatives of the EU institutions, various think tanks and international non-governmental organizations.

Fri, 2008-05-16 13:26

I think that within the system of power in Belarus, at all levels, there are people who understand the message coming from Europe and who are prepared to respond positively to it. It is unwise to sever all contacts with the Belarusian authorities as such, as if the system of power was a single and compact block. If we do so, we deny ourselves the chance of having an influence on those who are within the system and receptive to our message, who could be some of the driving forces of democracy in the future. But to be completely clear, I am not in favour of dialogue with the authorities only because it is strategically sound: I am in favour of dialogue as a matter of principle.

Fri, 2008-04-25 15:38

Interview with Jean-Louis Laurent
Directorate General of Democracy and Political Affairs
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

Thu, 2008-04-10 15:40

The Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU and the Prague-based Centre for Human Rights and Democracy “People in Need” will be showing a documentary on Belarus by the Polish director Andzej Fidyk. The movie screening is organized in the frames of the One World Festival, the largest human rights film festival in the world.

Thu, 2008-04-10 07:00

On April 9, representatives of the Office for a Democratic Belarus took part in an information evening  at the University of Ghent (Belgium) organized by  a non-profit, non-governmental group “Pax Christi”.  The ODB director Olga Stuzhinskaya presented to the students of the university’s  Economics department a brief historical overview of Belarus and described its present political and economic situation. The guests of the evening were highly interested in what the investment climate in Belarus is like, and asked questions about the current political situation, human rights issues, and the relations of Belarus with the EU and Russia.

Thu, 2008-03-27 17:10

In cooperation with the Office for a Democratic Belarus, the Hamburg Foundation for Politically Persecuted (Hamburger Stiftung für politisch Verfolgte) and the Hanse-office in Brussels organized an evening discussion on the difficult media situation and problems with freedom of expression in Belarus.

Wed, 2008-02-06 18:03

The Movement for Freedom and the Office for a Democratic Belarus (Brussels) today sent out letters to all governments of the countries -- signatories to the Schengen Agreement with an appeal to re-examine their policies regarding fees and procedures of issuing Schengen visas for Belarusian citizens.


The campaign initiated in the European Parliament by Genowefa Grabowska (PL), Justas Vincas Paleckis (LT) and Hannes Swoboda (AU) under the slogan “Say YES to Cheaper Visas for Belarusians” is gaining popularity both within the European Parliament and in Belarus. More than 80 signatures have been already collected in support of the written declaration introduced by the three members of the Parliament. In case more than 391 members of the organization favour the declaration, text will be sent to the EU Council and the Commission.

Sat, 2007-11-10 17:34

15 photo portraits of free-thinking Belarusians are on display in the Belgian capital

The photo exhibition “Spark of Bravery”, which was officially launched on November 8 at the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union in Brussels, gave a unique opportunity to look into faces of Belarusians who continue their struggle for democracy and freedom in the country. The event was organised by the People in Need (Prague) and the Office for a Democratic Belarus (Brussels).

Thu, 2007-10-25 12:37

On October 24, the Office for a Democratic Belarus and the Hanse office in Brussels organized screening of the documentary “The Wild Hunt”-- a film by the Russian journalist Pavel Sheremet, which tells the story of forced disappearances in Belarus. The movie screening was followed by a discussion on the cases of politically motivated kidnappings of the former Minister of Interior, Yury Zakharanka, former head of the Central Election Commission, Viktar Hanchar, businessman and close friend of Hanchar, Anatol Krasowsky and journalist Dmitry Zavadsky. Sudden death of the former Vice-Speaker of the Parliament, Henadz Karpenka was also mentioned during the debate.