10. November 2023
ABOUT BELARUS CONFERENCE
Mrs. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya: “The International Community should pay more attention to the situation in Belarus. It is important for the people of Belarus to be remembered and supported. The Conference is a good opportunity to once again bring focus to our country on the international level and discuss important topics for Belarus. Join us on November 10 in Tallinn.”
H.E. Margus Tsahkna: “During the conference an impressive line-up of activists and experts will share their experience standing for freedom and justice in Belarus. Join us in Tallinn on 10th November.“
The Belarus Conference is organized by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Estonian Institute of Human Rights, the European Endowment for Democracy and the leader of the Democratic Forces of Belarus.
The Belarus Conference aims to provide a space for establishing new contacts, exchange of views, opinions, and coordination. The Conference will be aimed at pro-democracy activists, politicians, experts, journalists and civil society leaders from across the region and will allow to keep Belarus on the European agenda.
The panel discussion will include topics on Media Freedom and the role of the Civil Society, Human Rights and Accountability for the regime in Belarus, as well as the Vision of Future Belarus.
The discussions will focus on the current challenges faced by the Belarus people and pro-democracy community, civil society and media in the context of consolidating authoritarianism in Belarus, as well as on the background of the Russian aggression against Ukraine.
The diverse range of topics will contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by the country and its people, as well as foster constructive dialogue on shaping a better future.
The Conference will be headlined by the leader of the Democratic Forces of Belarus, Mrs. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Mr. Margus Tsahkna.
Conference Day Moderator:
Conference opening. Key note speeches, discussion
Media Freedom and the role of the Civil Society
SpeakersNatalia Belikova, Board Member at Press Club Belarus and Head of International Cooperation
Hanna Liubakova, Freelance Journalist
Aleksandra Pushkina, Media Manager, communication specialist, Zerkalo.io
Anton Penkovski, TBD Media manager
Olena Malynovska, Senior Key Expert at the EU Regional Communication Programme for the Eastern Neighbourhood,
Holger Roonemaa, Head of the Investigative and Fact-Checking Desk, Delfi
Human Rights abuses and Achieving Accountability for the Regime in Belarus
SpeakersPavel Latushka , Deputy Head of The United Transitional Cabinet of Belarus, Head of The National Anti-Crisis Management
Andrei Sharendo, Activist of the European Belarus Civil Campaign
Natacha Bracq, Legal Advisor with DIGNITY - Danish Institute against Torture
Natallia Satsunkevich, Member of the Interim Board of the Viasna Human Rights Centre
Volha Zazuilnskaya, The head of the Charity foundation "Strana dlya zhizni", coordinator of the project of assistance to political prisoners and their families
George P. Kent, U.S. Ambassador to The Republic Of Estonia
Vision of Future Belarus
SpeakersLena Zhivoglod , Vice Speaker of the Coordination Council of Belarus and Head of the NGO Honest people
Alina Koushyik, United Tranistional Cabinet, representative for National Revival
Anton Radniankou, Head of Communications for the Coordination Council of Belarus, Center for New Ideas
Valeri Kavaleuski, United Transitional Cabinet, representative for Foreign Affairs
Vlad Kobets, Belarusian social activis and policy expert
Katia Glod, Russia-West Policy Fellow at the European Leadership Network (London)