Support the People of Belarus and the Organizations that Work There
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan. Launched in 2005, the Fund for Belarus Democracy is GMF’s contribution to strengthening civil society in Europe’s “last dictatorship”. The Fund for Belarus Democracy provides direct assistance, offers capacity-building for key agents of change, fosters cross-border cooperation with Belarus, and facilitates expert analyses and policy dialogues.
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. According to HRW, “the human rights situation in Belarus saw little improvement in 2013. The state suppresses virtually all forms of dissent and uses restrictive legislation and abusive practices to impede freedoms of association and assembly.”
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world. The group has worked with human rights defenders and civic activists in Belarus to strengthen their ability to document and address abuses of fundamental freedoms in domestic and international justice system.
Human rights center "Viasna" is the largest human rights organization in Belarus. For 18 years Viasna has helped victims of political repression and their families, monitored the situation of human rights in Belarus and informed Belarusian society and the international community about these developments. Viasna organizes educational programs for young people so that they build towards the future of Belarus in a spirit of recognition and respect of human dignity. Because of their principled and consistent position, members of Viasna are regularly subjected to pressures and repressions by the authorities. Founder and head of Viasna, Ales Bialiatski, was arrested in 2011 and spent almost three years imprisoned for his human rights activity.