Prague supports the democratic Belarusian opposition

10.08.2022

Prague fully supports the pro-democratic efforts of the Belarusian opposition. As proof of good relationships, Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib met with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the leader of the Belarusian opposition, on May 12.

Prague supports the democratic Belarusian opposition

The meeting focused on the current state of politics in Belarus and the problems Belarusians face. Tsikhanouskaya and Hrib discussed establishing a location for the House of Belarus in Prague and setting up the date for the International Day of Solidarity with Belarus, which has been appointed on May 29, the one-year anniversary of her husband's arrest.

Since the Belarusian presidential elections in 2020, which outcome has been rejected by the majority of the democratic world, the Czech Republic has received many Belarusian refugees. As a sign of solidarity, Prague City Hall had displayed the flag of Free Belarus, provided the refugees with housing and organized various events with repressed artists, and is ready to help Belarusians with concrete actions and support.

Tsikhanouskaya’s visit to the Czech Republic focused mainly on supporting the Belarusian diaspora in the Czech Republic. Besides Mr Hrib, Tsikhanouskaya met with Czech President Milos Zeman, Prime Minister Petr Fiala and several ministers to discuss launching a working group on the migration issues of Belarusians.

As a result, the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched new immigration program Civil Society to support the freedom of repressed citizens of Belarus and their families and defend human rights. In support of Belarus, the Czech parliament also formed an informal group Friends of Free Belarus that unites different parties across the Czech political scene. Moreover, as a part of the Czech Presidency of the EU Council, a series of events involving Belarus' democratic forces and civil society will take place.

Lucia Legáthová

Expat Centre Consultant

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