CONFERENCE OF THE EAP CSF NATIONAL PLATFORM: THE MAIN RESULTS FROM BELARUS
On June 29 and 30 the Belarusian National platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum held its Conference in Minsk.
The conference elected new Coordination Committee, recommended list of Belarusian organizations for participation in CSF event in Stockholm in November 2012, also adopted resolutions on Release of Political Prisoners, Freedom of Elections and European Dialogue on Modernization.
On the first day of the Conference "The National Platform: 2012 - new reality in no new conditions", chairman of Interim Coordination Committee Uladzimir Matskevich marked the real prospects for civil society in Belarus: "Either we will stay there, where we have been pushed into, or we will become the ones who we want to be in the democratic Belarus".
The second day of the Conference was full of events, which to a greater or lesser extent would predetermine the development of civil society of Belarus in the near future. The Coordination Committee of the National Platform was formed by open vote, as well as the head of the new composition of the Committee for the coming year was elected.
During the Conference, civil society organizations of Belarus have been defined, recommended by the NP to take part in the forthcoming meeting of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, which is to be held in November in Stockholm. The National Platform recommended the list of 32 organizations.
Another outcome of the Conference was the adoption of several final resolutions: “On the release of political prisoners”, “On the European dialogue on modernization with Belarusian society”, and “On ensuring the freedom of the electoral process”.
The main results of the Conference, details and photos are available here.