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- International press conferences and expert round tables
January 2011: post-elections
Shortly after the tragic events of the 2010 presidential elections, the Information Office organized press conferences in Warsaw, Vilnius, Prague, Berlin, Brussels, the Hague, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Washington (hyperlinks to each city)
Reporters had a chance to meet with members of the Belarusian opposition that had “survived” and relatives of the arrested politicians. The Belarusian delegation included Eva Nyaklyaeva, daughter of the arrested 2010 presidential candidate Vladimir Nyaklyaeu, Irina Bogdanova, sister of the arrested 2010 presidential candidate Andrey Sannikov, ex-presidential candidate during the 2006 presidential elections Alexander Kozulin, the First Head of Independent Belarus Stanislav Shushkevich, Victor Ivashkevich (“European Belarus”), Denis Sadovski (Belarusian Helsinki Committee), and Sergey Kalyakin ("Fair World” Party, Head of the independent election observation in 2010).
The main idea while organizing such events was to spread “first hand” information about the situation in Belarus following the presidential elections on 19 December 2010 to a large audience, while providing an opportunity to meet with participants and witnesses of the events.
May 2011: post-trials
A series of press conferences –‘Belarus on the edge of collapse’- took place in Warsaw (30 May), Prague (31 May), and Brussels (1 June), in partnership with the Polish Press Club (Warsaw), the Association for International Affairs (Prague), and the European Delegation to Belarus (Brussels). The aim of the meeting was to draw media attention in the west to what was happening in Belarus. Participants included:
- Andrei Dmitrieu –head of presidential candidate Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu’s campaign office, received a two-year suspended sentence.
- Dasha Korsak – wife of Andrei Sannikau’s press-secretary, Aliaksandr Atroshchankau (sentenced to 4 years of intensive regime.
- Ales Mikhalevich – presidential candidate in 2010, spent two months in the KGB special prison after the elections; received political asylum in the Czech Republic.
- Nasta Palazhanka – deputy chairman of Malady Front (Young Front), an unregistered organization, received a one-year suspended sentence.
- Alena Tankachova – human rights defender, head of the Legal Transformation Centre.
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