The March 25 rally was to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Belarus’s 1918 proclamation of independence from Russia and it is considered as the foundation of an independent Belarus. The Belarusian People’s Republic lasted until 1919, when it was effectively taken over by Soviet Russia.

Known as Freedom Day, the anniversary is traditionally a day for opponents of the authoritarian government of Alexander Lukashenko to stage protests. It accuses Lukashenko, who has been in office since 1994, of attempting to erase Belarusian identity and “Russifying” the country. (more…)

December 12, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and Open Russia hosted a conference in Tallinn on new media and journalism for Russian independent journalists and opposition leaders.

After the conference, an award ceremony was hosted with the aim to honour Russia’s top independent journalists. Elena Milashina of Novaya Gazeta won the award for investigative journalism for her articles about honour killings and persecutions of LGBT-individuals in Chechnya. A topic that JHS focused on earlier this year at a seminar in Stockholm.

During the year, journalists in Russia have been under immense pressure. Many have had to leave the country while others have been attached at their place of work. The same day of the conference, Russian authorities decided to shut down Open Russia’s webpages in the country.

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October 6-8, members of the Youth Organization of VMRO-DPMNE participated in a conference on social media in political campaigns. New strategies to campaign effectively were discussed as well as how to deliver a successful political message.

September 22-24, party representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Sweden, met in Sarajevo to discuss Balkan’s EU-integration.

The discussions focused on the refugee crisis and the management of the Balkan route as well as how to increase opportunities in the region. The economic integration of the region was also discussed. The women´s round table conference aims to create stronger networks in the region and to increase the participation of women in politics and leading positions.

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February 21-25, JHS organizes a training in Stockholm for members from the youth organization of the Macedonian centre-right party VMRO-DPMNE on how to succeed in local politics as a young politician.

The participants have previously taken part in a JHS training in Skopje, October 2016, on political campaigning and communication.

Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, in cooperation with the Turkish think-tank Freedom Research Association, is publishing a new report on how the refugee crisis is covered in Turkish media. The report is based on the discussions between civil society activists, journalists, academia and politicians at the conference “Developments in Turkey – the Refugee Crisis & the Media,” hosted in Ankara, November 2016.

The project is financed through the Swedish Institute’s Creative Force-programme.

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Young participants from LDP.

Young participants from LDP.

Moldova is going through a difficult time. Corruption scandals have followed each other, forming a government has failed repeatedly since the parlamentary elections in November 2014, and nearly one billion dollar, fifteen percent of Moldova’s GDP, has disappeared from one of the country’s banks, questioning the role of the Moldovan political elite. (more…)