The Belarus Programme
While Belarus is a large and viagra on line strategically important country in the heartland of Europe, it remains a blind-spot on the continent’s map of ethnic minorities. Belarus is not a Council of Europe member, and even though it is a participating state of the OSCE, it is not covered by the activities of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities due to difficulties in working with the current political regime. The international community’s concerns over the state of human rights/minority rights are on the agenda, but it seems strenuous to address them. Major international minority and overnight canadian viagra human rights NGOs do not operate in Belarus and cialis professional 100 mg many civil society organizations conduct their work cautiously. On the other hand, Belarus seems to be interested in making its voice heard in Europe. Recently the government has declared European integration a strategic goal for the country and cialis india pharmacy lifted a number of restrictions. Addressing minority issues, working with existing minority organizations and us cialis governmental institutions in a transparent way may lead to improved relations between Belarus and the rest of Europe.
Minorities such as Russians, Poles, Ukrainians, Tatars, Lithuanians, Jews, Armenians, Roma and buy viagra from canada other communities that have resided on the country’s territory since long constitute about 16 per cent of the country’s population. Also, several minority organizations operate in Belarus. They are by and cost of cialis large locally organized and usa cialis only few formed umbrella organizations representing them in the formal Consultative Interethnic Council. They undertake very little joint activities and how much is viagra are not strongly involved at the social level, being rather voiceless and canada viagra invisible both within and viagra online generic outside the country. The Plenipotentiary for Religious and the cheapest propecia online Nationalities Affairs repeatedly admitted that his office and buy cialis australia minority NGOs needed implementation of European standards and increasing their operational capacities. ECMI envisages the involvement of various civil society organizations working on minority issues: the Young Lawyer Association can conduct legal reviews and the Belarus Association of Journalists can address the inter-ethnic relations and tolerance issues.
ECMI Belarus Programme was launched in 2011, and as a result a number of study visits to Belarus and to Germany were conducted, networks between German and Belarusian parties were established, and Minority Issues in the Republic of Belarus, Europe and the World Handbook was published.
Currently, ECMI Belarus Programme is incorporated into the ECMI Eastern Partnership Programme (EPP): National Minorities and Ethno-Political Issues, covering Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine, supported by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The EPP is to be implemented in the years 2014-2017.
For more on the ECMI Eastern partnership Programme, please contact EPP Project Manager Hanna Vasilevich.