Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

Young civil society under threat – European Youth Parliament in Belarus being liquidated

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 luglio 2021

Berlin. The National Committee representing the European Youth Parliament (EYP) in Belarus has been put under liquidation by the Belarusian government. Following the developments of August 2020, civil society, including members of EYP are heavily under threat. The EYP network as one of the biggest youth-led organisations in Europe stands in full solidarity with its member organisation in Belarus. The European Youth Parliament (EYP), working under the umbrella of the Schwarzkopf Foundation (Schwarzkopf-Stiftung Junges Europa), is an organisation based on values such as democracy and pluralism and strives to empower young people across the whole continent in more than 40 countries to become active citizens and to execute their civil rights. Darya Skorokhod, the President of EYP Belarus explains: “The morning I got a message that EYP Belarus alongside with other Belarusian NGOs is being liquidated, was not a complete surprise for us. This could not come as a surprise for anyone who lives in Belarus and has been recently involved in any non-governmental activities. We do not know what to expect from the near future and how the situation develops, but we want to highlight the fact that the liquidation does not mean we will stop our activities but rather move them to the neighbouring countries. They can liquidate the NGO but not the people behind it.” The Governing Body of the EYP Network as its international board states the following: “While our volunteers and the members of the Board of our National Committee in Belarus will continue their work to the best of their abilities, we as a network are shocked by how their efforts and the efforts of EYP as a whole are blatantly undermined and put under scrutiny. We demand an end to these actions and the threats made to young Europeans who want to play an active role in the shaping of their own lives and society at large.”

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