News about BelarusDecember 6th, 2011 Free Belarus
The work of the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in Belarus is focused on providing the knowledge and the tools needed in the struggle for democracy. Due to general lack of democratic tradition in Belarus, such knowledge must be built from the bottom-up. This is a slow process with many pitfalls. By teaching the political handiwork and by mediating contacts with politicians abroad, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation is preparing the opposition for the work ahead after Lukashenko. Experience from the Baltic States tells us that such preparations are crucial when it comes to making up for time lost during dictatorship.
An important part of the Foundation’s work is the forming of alliances and discussing cooperation. Cooperation between political parties is not only an important factor in the struggle for democratization but coalitions are an integral part of political work in a democratic system. Furthermore, the party leadership is provided with the possibility to inform those outside of Belarus of the current situation