Since it was founded in 2009, Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights – has been fighting for respect for civil and political human rights.
For us these are fundamental rights for all, such as freedom of expression, assembly, association, press, conscience and religion. In justification for this, we refer to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966), where these inalienable human rights are guaranteed. We focus our work on Belarus. In addition to this, we provide humanitarian aid to the deserving poor and people in need. Here, in addition to Belarus, we direct our relief projects also to Ukraine.
In Belarus we campaign for people who are persecuted for political reasons, people who are victims of repression by the dictatorial regime of President Alexander Lukashenka because they are engaged in politics or civil society. We become involved if individuals are persecuted for putting forward their opinions, demonstrating peacefully or founding a NGO. Our support and engagement is directed to the victims of state-run persecution and supression.
If people are being persecuted elsewhere, it’s easy to persuade ourselves that it’s nothing to do with us. But if we take responsibility for our basic values such as freedom, democracy and the rule of law seriously, we have to support those at risk because they share our common understanding of these values.
Everyone can get involved, and Libereco most certainly gets involved. The more people get active, the louder becomes our voice. With every supporter we can encourage the persecuted ones who are living in repressive states and give them hope.
By demanding closer attention, putting pressure on people in power, and becoming engaged, we can improve the situation of victims of human rights violations. There are already many of us who have decided not to turn a blind eye to human rights violations. For us, inactivity is not an option.