European Humanities University Trust Fund

What would you do, if your government held elections while entirely controlling the voting process and didn’t let independent observers from other countries control the election process?

What would you do, when your government would fight you with violence when you were protesting peacefully for your democratic rights?

What would you do, when election candidates and independent journalists were arrested by the government?

What would you do?

The freedom, that we take for granted is fragile.

Our freedom of speech is fragile. Our freedom to meet with whomever we want, go wherever we want is fragile.

Our democratic rights are not something that everybody has.

One of the countries that still act as it has done since it was part of the Soviet Union (USSR) is the Republic of Belarus where the government has not yet accepted  the democratic rights that we take for granted in our part of the world.

Belarus lies in Eastern Europe bordering Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and Ukraine and was part of the USSR until 1991.

In December 19, 2010, Belarus held its third election where the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko was declared the winner for the third time in a row by the Central Election Commission with 79.67% of the votes.

When the results were known to the public, ordinary people instantly went to the streets to protest.

But the demonstrations were violently suppressed by riot police the night after the election where 600 protesters and seven presidential candidates and several journalists were arrested.

 

The 2010 Presidential elections

So what can we in the democratic part of the world do, in order to help the Belarusian people have their democratic and human rights respected?

The European Union and the United States has called for the release of all imprisoned former political candidates and has implemented  a travel ban on President Lukashenko if he or members of his nomenclature would ever travel to the United States or the European Union.

Accordingly, the Nordic Council of Ministers, have upon the initiative of the European Commission established the organization, the European Humanities University Trust Fund that has as its main purpose to financially support The European Humanities University.

The European Humanities University is a Belarusian university in exile based in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Its mission is to educate future leaders of the Belarusian society in an academic environment that is free of discrimination of any kind.

The European Humanities University offers high quality education and research in the humanities and social sciences on BA and MA levels, offering both face-to-face and low residence study possibilities.

The European Humanities University Trust Fund is the main channel for donor support to the European Humanities University.

The purpose of the Trust Fund is to raise, accept, and make use of funds provided by donors to the University while situated in Vilnius, with the aim that the European Humanities University will become self-sustainable in the future.

The Trust Fund was initiated by the European Commission, and is managed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

The European Humanities University Trust Fund works in close cooperation with the Friends of the European Humanities University in the United States.

What can you do?

To be frank: We need your help!

If you care for human rights and care for helping the people in Belarusian to eventually achieve their human rights, then please support us today.

We will then through the EHU spend the money wisely in an effort to teach the exile students humanities and social sciences so that they are well educated in the democratic rights that we take for granted.

Please support us by donating an amount – small or big – by clicking the button below.

Thank you so much in advance.

 

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