Latvian CSOs provide support to Belarusian civil society and independent media

On 26 August, Artis Zaļūksnis, Policy Coordinator of the Civic Alliance - Latvia, participated in a remote meeting of the Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee, where Foreign Ministry Parliamentary Secretary Zanda Kalniņa-Lukašēvica presented a report on current domestic policy processes in Belarus and on support measures planned and provided by Latvia for civil society in Belarus.

Zanda Kalniņa-Lukašēvica highly appreciated the support provided by the Civic Alliance - Latvia and the Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation (LAPAS) on issues related to the events in Belarus after the August 9 presidential elections.Kalniņa-Lukašēvica also informed the audience about Latvia's support for Belarusian civil society and independent media, which will be provided from the state budget in the amount of 150,000 EUR.

It is planned that LAPAS and the Resource Centre for Women “Marta” (MARTA) in cooperation with civil society organisations working in Belarus will provide legal, psychological, practical and medical assistance to victims of human rights violations in Belarus after the presidential elections of 9 August, as well as support in documenting the consequences of violence. The MARTA will also provide in-service training for psychologists to Belarusian specialists, while the Baltic Centre for Media Excellence will implement projects providing support to the independent media in Belarus.