Sergey Drozdovsky, Office on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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

What important happened? Depressing picture of development has remained the same.  Despite quite significant activity separate organizations for the overall positive trend. In contrast, a number of the government's actions was demonstrated this year, testifying to the constant negative and derogatory attitude toward the right of citizens to freedom of self-determination, freedom association and freedom of expression. There were cracks in the registration of public associations, imposed prevention, conducted trials, repressive suppressed activism. The presence of these facts, we can not talk about the development of civil society, based on the success of individual campaigns or projects.

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

What can be done? The simplest is to support their colleagues in Belarus, to strengthen their voice in communicating their views. To do this, of course, we need to develop communication between the various components of civil society organizations and activists.

Despite the lack of development of the civil society in general in the country, it is important to understand that there are forces in the country, forming business strategy, which should be maintained, to promote their supported. It is important to use every opportunity to achieve one goal - to change the regime in Belarus to the democratic, as well as respect for and observance of human rights.

All people can work at this goal, despite the conventional division of the spheres of activity of organizations.

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

Colleagues, whose beliefs and confidence delight, give me the strength to continue. The belief in the possibility of change and affordability gives strength. something like that ...))

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