Enira Branitskaya, Office on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

What was important in the life of civil society in Belarus over the last year?

Unfortunately, I can say that nothing really important has happened. Our colleague  Ales Bialiatski, as well as other political prisoners still in jail. Of course, arrests never stopped anyone, and this time could not stop the activities of civil society, but the situation remains severe.

What can activists and human rights activists in other countries to help change the situation in Belarus?

Establish contacts and exchange of experience is never superfluous. They have a fresh and non-standard view of the situation, which we often lose clarity of vision in Belarus. And of course, they give support and solidarity. It is necessary to activists political prisoners, human rights defenders colleagues. It gives us hope that we do not alone in their work and can have an impact on power, make it clear that there external entities that monitor the situation in Belarus.

What gives you the strength to continue work personally in the civilian sector?

First of all, it is people. It's as those for whom we work, as well as colleagues in the sector. Most of them it’s kind, intelligent, sincerely believing in his business people. And sometimes, when already want to give up, you meet some bright person and realize that in this country is not yet lost.