Join the International Day of Solidarity with Civil Society of Belarus 4 August 2015
The International Day of Solidarity with the Civil Society of Belarus.
The International Day of Solidarity with the Civil Society of Belarus is being celebrated on August, 4th for the fourth time this year.
Death penalties, political prosecution, restriction of civil freedoms — the situation with human rights in Belarus seems to have hardly changed over the past 20 years. Still the Belarusian civil society activists, artists, musicians, thinkers and poets do not give up, promoting nonviolence and human rights values even said conditions.
The Solidarity Day campaign gives us a unique opportunity to support them, showing that they are not alone, and to tell the world about the courageous fighters for freedom.
Let «Solidarity is stronger than repression!» be repeated all over the world in different languages!
On the 4th of August, 2011, a prominent Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski was arrested. Though this year he has been set free on parole, the overall conditions for human rights activists are still very hard, with many of them under serious pressure. Elena Tonkacheva, the head of a human rights organization “Lawtrend”, has been expelled from the country for 3 years.
Now it is very important to look back and see what the last 4 years have brought us, see the big and small victories we have gained and analyze in which ways the position of the civil society in Belarus has changed. Let’s bring up new topics and speak about the Belarusian human rights organizations, of their ups and downs and the international solidarity campaigns they conduct.
The ways to support the Belarusian Civil Society are numerous:
Share the information about the Solidarity Day campaign (Informational action);
Send a postcard (or support letter) to human rights defenders organizations and civil organizations of Belarus;
Organize an original action in your city or country, so that people get to know what is happening with human rights and civil society in the modern day Belarus. Tell them about the regular actions, which they can join, when 4th of August will be over.
For example, find Belarus in your city, in your country and/or create such a space – for instance, by organizing a symbolic renaming of streets or squares dedicated to a human rights organization or civil society activist, to a political prisoner or an artist – so that at least for one day in many cities there will Free Belarus Square, Vasiliy Bykov avenue or Ales Bialiatski street. (Materials for this action);
Join the regular actions (write to firstname.lastname@example.org).
You may also send us photos from the actions you hold on the same address, or find us on the Internet: