Invitation to the workgroup of soliday
4 years ago, on the 4th of August Ales Bialiatski, one of the leading Belarusian human rights defenders, was arrested. On that day we launched the International Day of Solidarity with civil society and human rights movement in Belarus.
«We made a promise to ourselves and to the world that we will observe this day every year, until the situation of civil society in Belarus changes: until its authorities put an end to imprisoning people for human rights activities, until there is a guarantee of fundamental human rights: freedom of expression, assembly and association.»
This is why each year on the 4th of August we take actions to express solidarity with those who struggle for freedom under constant pressure and danger of repressions. People in over 20 countries have since picketed for Belarusian activists, created and spread banners and leaflets about Belarus, written postcards to political prisoners, taken photos with the symbols of the Day, organized photo exhibitions, debates etc.
This year it is important for us to look back at what has happened since then: what victories we have achieved and how the situation in Belarus has changed. However, we will keep on looking ahead to the future and talk about new issues.
How can YOU help to prepare for the 4th of August?
- spread the word about the Day of solidarity
- create and spread awareness-raising materials
- post about the Day on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- organize actions in your area
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and join the team! Everyone is welcome, no matter if you're an expert on the topic or are just willing to learn!