Reinforcing the Role of Civil Society as a Watchdog of Democratic Principles in Belarus

November 22, 2021
14:00 - 15:30 MESZ/MEZ

Belarus has undergone profound political changes in the past year. More than a year ago, the streets of Belarus were teaming with people protesting stolen presidential elections and asserting their voices matter. To stifle these voices, the government unleashed a war on civil society. The Belarusian government have arrested thousands of demonstrators and continues with repression against civil society, non-governmental organizations, and the independent media. With Belarus at a democratic crossroads, the international community needs to stand in solidarity with them, counter the government’s attempts to eviscerate civil society, provide unwavering, long-term support to Belarusian groups and activists. 


Our experts 

– Erhard Busek (Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe – IDM)

– Pavol Demeš (German Marshall Fund of the United States)

– Mark A. Dietzen (International Republican Institute Vilnius, Lithuania)

– Vytis Jurkonis (Freedom House)

– Aliaksandra Lohvinava (Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s Office)

– Renata Mieńkowska-Norkiene (University of Warsaw)

– Andrei Stryzhak (BySol – Belarus Solidarity Foundation)

will discuss:

– How can civil society organizations operate in the current mode?

– What method should be used for clear formulation of the policy priorities for the transition period in the country and future reform agenda? 

– How to broaden the networks and advocacy channels available to Belarusian democratic civil society in Western democratic countries? 

– How to enhance skills of Belarusian analysts to deliver impactful analysis and advocate for the implementation of their recommendations? 

– What role can Western institutions play in helping Belarusian civil society to ensure a positive democratic change? 

Sebastian Schäffer 
(Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe – IDM)

  • Beginn: Montag, 22. November 2021, 14:00 Uhr
  • Ende: Montag, 22. November 2021, 15:30 Uhr
  • Ort: Online – Zoom Webinar
  • Auskunft: Mag. Malwina Talik, MA
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