Originally, the idea to form the Solidarity Group came about in 2014, when it became clear that pressure on civil society organisations was felt not only in Russia but in several EU countries as well. Forum members realised that it was time to take joint action. Last year, the Group members developed the “Organisational Principles and Strategy”, which laid foundation for the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum solidarity work.
Priorities of the Forum solidarity work are:
Raising awareness of the situation with member organisations of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum under threat/risk
Organising solidarity actions
Providing prompt assistance to the Forum member organisations and external organisations and activists in need, whose cases might have an impact on the situation of civil society in a specific country or region
The Solidarity Group welcomes information and appeals for help from any Forum members and non-members. The group will assess the information and decide whether any assistance can be provided and/or how solidarity can be expressed. Depending on the specific situation, the Group can organize solidarity mission to attend court hearing or public protest or issue a statement.
To contact the Group please write to the Group’s coordinator at the Secretariat Daria Bykova at:
MEMBERS OF THE SOLIDARITY TASK FORCE
Citizens Network Watchdog, Warsaw
Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Warsaw
Citizens’ Watch, Saint-Petersburg
Public Verdict Foundation, Moscow
Russian Socio-Ecological Union, Saint-Petersburg
SOLIDARITY TASK FORCE REPORT 2019