If You Don’t Have What You Like, You Like What You Have

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At the end of May 2021, an unexpected breakthrough took place after ten months of hanging around in the matter of choosing the Ombudsperson in Poland. For the first time, a candidate has been put forward who has a chance to be selected for this position and meets the standard that the Ombudsperson should meet. At first, I felt great relief and joy. But the more time passes after this good news, the more my face falls.

03 Jun 2021 Read more

Peace, progress and human rights: what would Sakharov say now?

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On the eve of the centennial of academic Sakharov, I was asked to write a column about what Sakharov means today — yet I am finding it difficult to express my thoughts. As a scientist, a human rights activist and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, academic Sakharov highlighted a full range of contemporary topics — ecology, the extensive growth of resource exploitation, social inequality, racism, and even corruption. You would think, what could be easier?

03 May 2021 Read more

HIV Infection Is Not Politics

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At the end of 2020, the register of NGOs performing the functions of “foreign agents”, which is maintained by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, was significantly expanded, in particular by member organisations of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.

03 Feb 2021 Read more

A Year Like No Other

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A New Year Address by the Co-Chairs of the Board of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum   ’Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We […]

15 Dec 2020 Read more

Belarus on Its Way from Dictatorship to Democracy

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In August 2020, during the presidential campaign, a peaceful electoral revolution unfolded in Belarus. At the final stage, it was headed by female leaders with the slogan: ‘We love! We can! We will win!’ («Любім! Можам! Пераможам!»). A Belarusian civil nation began to rapidly form. The Belarusian people refused to […]

31 Aug 2020 Read more