The Ministry of Education didn’t permit the traineeship in the United States of America to the sixty Belarusian school-children who won the context of FLEX exchange program, announced by the state newspaper Nastaunitskaia Hazieta in October 2004. The ministry officials refuse to comment on this event.
In March 2005 Aliaksandr Lukashenka signed the decree “About certain measures to counteract human beings trafficking”. On the basis of this document the Ministry of Education adopted a special instruction. The officials explained to the parents that their children couldn’t go to the US because one of the instruction paragraphs was violated and they hadn’t been informed about the contest and its conditions.
FLEX American exchange program for school-goers has acted in Belarus for 13 years already. For this time more than 600 Belarusian children have travelled to the US.
Based in London, we are an informal group dedicated to supporting democracy and human rights throughout
the former Soviet Union. Our aims are:
Informing the public about issues in this area that receive little coverage in the Western media.
Staging peaceful demonstrations and letter-writing campaigns in support of specific causes.
Supporting and publicising nonviolent pro-democracy groups throughout the region.
Encouraging European and American involvement.
Support the Belarusian cartoonists
Third Way, the Belarusian organisation whose members are being prosecuted for producing satirical cartoons about Lukashenka,
have set up a web page where you can make a donation via PayPal. The group urgently
need money for their legal defence and operating expenses. Please give what you can today! Read more
We are continuing to focus our efforts on the Belarusian prisoner of conscience Mikhail Marinich.
We are campaigning for him to receive proper medical treatment, to be permitted to see his family,
and ultimately to be released from prison pending a review of his case. You can help by distributing
our factsheets and letters.
Members of these groups have joined our blog to share their views and experiences.