The Coordination Council received an official letter from the British Minister for European Neighborhood and American Affairs, Wendy Morton, in response to a request from the CC Education Group. Madame Morton pointed out that the British Government had called on the current Belarusian authorities to end the repression of protesters and independent media and to bring to justice those responsible for violations.
– The British Government is interested in increasing support and developing civil society in Belarus, independent media, and educational institutions in Belarus – says in her letter Madame Morton.
Britain was among the first countries to react swiftly to the repression following the presidential election. The British Government is promoting the consideration of Belarus issues in United Nations agencies to support the economic development of Belarus, the leadership potential of women, and the protection of vulnerable groups.
The United Kingdom also intends to support the academic community of Belarus:
– We are aware of the difficulties faced by students and teachers who are persecuted for their desire for democracy in Belarus. We are working on expanding support for students and educational institutions in Belarus and looking for opportunities to increase the number of Chevening scholarships for Belarusians, – Minister for European Neighborhood and American Affairs Wendy Morton reported.
The support of other Governments shows that the actions of Belarusians in the struggle for democracy are visible and important for other democratic States. They want to cooperate with Belarus and see the importance of the formation of a democratic society in Belarus.