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Rafto Prize 20th Anniversary Program – seminar #3
The Rafto Foundation invites you to a seminar
“Belarus: the Black Spot of Europe”
Thursday, March 23rd 16:30-18:30
at the Rafto House, Menneskerettighetenes plass1
While the rest of Europe enjoys democracy and increased freedom, Belarus is still languishing behind an iron curtain. President Alexander Lukachenko has governed the country since 1994, and will be re-elected on March 19. That will not be a sign of trust, but an indication of how totalitarian President Lukachenko’s regime is. Opposition is practically banned; throughout the last three years 150 independent NGOs have been closed down. Work in «unregistered NGOs» is punishable by two years imprisonment. Media is also subjected to a hard line: 25 newspapers were closed down during 2004.
In 1999 Gennady Grushevoy from Belarus was awarded the Rafto Prize. Dr. Grushevoy is a professor of philosophy at the University in Minsk. He has been active in the democratic movement in the country since the late 1980’s. In 1989 he founded the Belarusian Charitable Fund "For the Children of Chernobyl" which has defended the rights of victims of the Chernobyl disaster and provided humanitarian aid through contacts with organisations in other countries.
After organising demonstrations in Minsk to mark the 11th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident arrest orders were issued for him and his wife Irina. The official reason given by the authorities was fraud. The couple spent a year in exile in Germany before returning to Belarus in 1999 when the charges were dropped - since no evidence of fraud could be found among the papers of the fund.
Dr. Grushevoy was elected to the Belarusian parliament in the first free elections in the country in 1990. In 1996 he was re-elected but has not taken his seat since President Lukachenko deposed the parliament that year and appointed his own deputies.
Dr. Grushevoy has run a program to help develop democratic practices and good governance in Belarus. The program’s primary objective has been training of local trainers in human rights, democratic process and conflict resolution.
·         Introduction of Rafto Laureate 1999
·         The current situation in Belarus: the civil society, human rights and presidential elections
·         A live report in the aftermath of the election
  • Martin Paulsen: PhD fellow at the University of Bergen, Institute for classical philology, Russian and religion science. Martin has lived in Belarus for two years. He has written several analytical articles on the situation in Belarus and follows the development in the country.
  • Berit Lindeman: The Norwegian Helsinki Committee. She will be in Belarus during the elections and will join us during the seminar on the phone.  
Working languages: Norwegian  
The seminar is open to everybody. No seminar fee.

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