Completed projects

Teaching Repression a Lesson

Teaching Repression a LessonToegether with the Belarusian Human Rights Center Viasna adn the Belarusian Students Association (BSA) we launched the international campaign “Teaching repression a lesson” in support of expelled students in Belarus. Through online petitions, presentation and videos filmed by Libereco in Belarus we call upon the Belarusian Minister of Education and rectors of key Belarusian universities to readmit students that were expelled for political reasons.

Links: to the campaign, to the videos
Project duration: April 2017 to December 2017
Partner organisations: Belarusian Students’ Association, Viasna Human Rights Centre
Sponsors: MitOst
Total funding sum: 600 Euro

Belarus Votes 2016

Belarus Votes 2016As we did for the presidential elections in 2015, we organised a journalistic election observation project for the Belarusian parliamentary election held in September 2016. This time, a three-member editorial board guided 12 young journalists from Belarus, Poland and Germany during the project in Minsk. Before the research and writing in Belarus, we held 10 days of preparatory workshops in Berlin and Vilnius. On the ground in Belarus, we covered the election and the political situation for a period of ten days.

Link: belarus-votes.lphr.org
Project duration: June 2016 to November 2016
Partner organisations: Fundacja Wspólna Europa, StudAlliance, Election Observation: Theory & Practice
Sponsors: Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, German Federal Agency for Civic Education, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Total funding sum: 23,000 Euro

Analysis: 100 Days of Belarusian Rule of Law

Analysis: 100 Days of Belarusian Rule of Law With our in depth analysis, we showed hat repressions in Belarus increased since the EU lifted its sanctions. Friday 3 June 2016 marked 100 days since the EU abandoned its sanctions against Belarus, suggesting that a process of liberalisation in the authoritarian state merits such a decision. However, on the basis of the monitoring of Belarusian organisation Viasna, we showed that the country is still far removed from rule of law and respect for human rights. Repression has become less visible, but in several respects the pressure on civil society has been heightened. The significantly increased use of fines against peaceful protesters and the state’s intensified application of the death penalty, contradict the European Union’s softening attitude towards Aliaksandr Lukashenka´s regime.

Links: The report and info-graphics, Download the PDF of analysis in English and in German
Project duration: February 2016 to September 2016
Partner organisations: Viasna Human Rights Centre
Sponsors and funding: none

Belarus Votes: 2015 Election Blog

246934_10150205628514125_1750225_n In 2015, a 15-member editorial team reported about the presidential election in Belarus on the 11th of October. Therefore, students, young journalists and election observers from Belarus, Germany and Poland travelled to Belarus to deliver a wide range of reports and authentic stories from on the ground.

Link: belarus-votes.lphr.org/
Project duration: June 2015 to November 2015
Partner organisations: Fundacja Wspólna Europa, StudAlliance, Election Observation: Theory & Practice
Sponsors: Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, MitOst, International Visegrad Fund
Total funding sum: 19,500 Euro

Belarus Barcamp

246934_10150205628514125_1750225_n In March 2014, more than 70 young Belarusians and Germans met in Werningerode for a first-of-its-kind networking meeting. All participants had been actively involved in organizations and campaigns working on and in Belarus. The Belarus Barcamp 2014 offered thematic workshops, trainings and plenty of possibilities to exchange views on practical issues about voluntary work. The main goal of the Belarus Barcamp was to deepen existing partnerships as well as establishing an extensive network of Belarus-focussed initiatives in German-speaking countries. Moreover, partners developed new project ideas.

Project duration: June 2013 to April 2014
Partner organisations: several other German initiatives concerning Belarus
Sponsor: The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Total funding sum: 18,500 Euro

Exhibition and brochure “Human Rights and Civil Society in Belarus”

246934_10150205628514125_1750225_n In cooperation with four partner organisations, Libereco has created a travelling exhibition and a brochure (in German, Englsih and Russian), in which we presented the tenous situation of human rights in Belarus on the one hand and the existing manyfold actions and engagement oft the local civil society on the other hand. The exhibition took place amongst others in Dresden, Cologne, Bonn, Zurich and Gießen.

Project duration: January 2011 to May 2013
Partner organisations: Amnesty International, Kultur Aktiv, Bund für Soziale Verteidigung, Deutsch-Belarussische Gesellschaft
Sponsor: The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Total funding sum: 8,000 Euro