The Steering Committee Gathered in Tallinn and Helsinki for the Second Meeting of the Year

The EaP CSF Steering Committee held meetings in Tallinn and Helsinki on 24-25 April to discuss the 9th EaP CSF Annual Assembly and the EaP Civil Society Conference with its Estonian partners from the Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership. In Tallinn, the SC met with representatives of Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Paul Teesalu and Ambassador Reinhold, as well as with several Estonian NGOs and also worked on finalizing the list

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Systemic Democratisation, Human Rights Progress Should Be at the Top of EU-Belarus Partnership Agenda, Say Civil Society Monitors

Following the wave of protests in late February-March 2017, the EaP CSF Monitoring Mission visited Belarus during the period of 28 March-1 April 2017 and developed a set of recommendations towards the EU, Belarusian authorities and civil society. Even in the absence of an election process this year, the demonstrations attracted an unexpectedly high level of

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EaP CSF Calls on the EU to Use Its Authority and Support Independence of Academia in Hungary

The EaP CSF Steering Committee is deeply concerned about recently initiated amendments to Hungary’s higher education law, which are specifically targeting the Central European University (CEU) and were signed by the Hungarian President on 10 April. A stronghold of liberal education – CEU – has played an immense role in educating professionals and leaders of pro-democratic

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EaP CSF Calls on Ukrainian Government to Repeal Amendments to E-Declaration Law

The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum released a statement expressing disappointment at the approval of the amendments to the Ukrainian law on electronic declaration of assetson 30 March 2017. According to these amendments,  individuals engaged in  anti-corruption activities (civic activists, businesses providing anti-corruption CSOs with services, representatives of institutions  supporting anti-corruption activists) have

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It is time for the EU to apply conditionality vis-à-vis Belarus, says EaP CSF monitoring mission

Albeit after the release of political prisoners in August 2015 the situation with human and civil rights in Belarus was relatively calm, in the absence of systemic changes and reforms no guarantees that a political or social protest will not result in immediate repressions and violations of human rights were created. As a proof, the peaceful protests of

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Belarusian Civil Society Calls for Postponement of EU-Belarus Coordination Group Meeting

Following the events of 25-26 March in Minsk and other Belarusian cities, the EaP CSF Belarusian National Platform (BNP) released a statement calling on the responsible EU officials to objectively assess the situation in the country and consider the opportunities, as well as the conditions and limitations for any further development of the EU-Belarus dialogue. According to the Platform’s members, relations between the

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EU-Belarus Cooperation May Soon Be Put on Ice over Repressive Measures by Belarusian Authorities

Over the course of March 2017, mass peaceful protests of citizens as a reaction to the adoption of the Presidential Decree No. 3 “On preventing social dependency” have been taking place in Belarus. In disregard of the Constitutional provisions on freedom of speech and assembly, in many cities around Belarus, mass arbitrary arrests with excessive

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Belarusian Civil Society Condemns Arrests, Calls on Authorities to Immediately Release Peaceful Protesters

The EaP CSF Belarusian National Platform express their indignation and condemn the repressive actions of the officials and law enforcement agencies of the Republic of Belarus related to the detention and punishment of participants in numerous peaceful protest actions in various cities in the country. In recent weeks, mass peaceful protests of citizens have been organised around the

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Azerbaijani National Platform Deplores Mehman Huseynov’s Arrest

Members of the EaP CSF Azerbaijani National Platform condemn the verdict of the Surakhany District Court as of 2 March 2017 on the two-year sentence for Mehman Huseynov, Chairman of the Institute for Rapporteurs’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS Azerbaijan), and consider this judgment to be another blow to the civil society and freedom of expression

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