The group unites Christians within the Coordination Council with the aim to exchange information and analyse the processes taking place within church communities, activities of religious organisations related to the political crisis in the Republic of Belarus, their potential in helping to overcome the crisis. The group discusses the application of the Christian social doctrine to today’s situation, as well as conceptualisation of the vision of a future Belarus as a peaceful and democratic state respecting human rights, the principles of the government/religion relationship and the role of the church in the formation of a civil society. The group monitors violations of human rights of citizens and religious communities; holds solidarity actions; and informs the global Christian community about the events taking place in Belarus.
Support of the Belarusian Language and Culture
The Working Group for the Support of the Belarusian Language and Culture was created to support the implementation of the rights of Belarusian-speaking citizens; to fixate and assist in cases of discrimination on the basis of the Belarusian language; to counteract attempts to discredit Belarusian symbols and heritage, or to split society on these issues.
The working group has also initiated the Open Letter from figures and experts in the Belarusian language and culture — bielmova-kultura.org
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The Regions Support Group’s work is based on the one-stop shop principle providing consultations and information support to people in regions and helping to implement initiatives at the local level. The group’s Telegram channel and Instagram account allow citizens and Council members to contribute to the creation of media content (writing articles, creating illustrations, design assistance, etc.)
The Education Working Group was created to assess the state of the education system in Belarus. The goals of the group are to preserve and develop human capital in a situation of dismissals and exclusion from the education system for political and ideological reasons; to develop the system of civic and adult education, as well as to support the development of alternative platforms and alternative educational initiatives.
The Education Working Group prepares the necessary components of educational reform: generalization and analysis of existing know-how on education reform; personnel development; development of new educational content, development of education infrastructure, including distance and online education; proposals for changes in educational policy and legislation.
The group is engaged in supporting various business initiatives helping the victims of violence and everyone who has lost their jobs or resigned from the government service and is open to new skills and knowledge, to a new profession or needs support for their own business. One of the tasks of the group is to shape the agenda for the support and development of private businesses in Belarus.
The group’s tasks are: analysing economic processes in Belarus; consulting the Council on the economic situation and development; disseminating objective information about the economic development of Belarus in the media in Belarus and abroad; contacting the economic establishment in Belarus and in the key international institutions.
Working Group on Political Prisoners and Human Rights Violations
The group was created to coordinate activities of various projects which deal with political prisoners. It informs, advocates and documents on the issue of political prisoners and human rights violations. The working group consists of human rights activists, a media group, an international legal team and a creative team.
The initiative helps organise elections to collective bodies of local self-governance (KOTOS). The platform informs about legal ways to develop local initiatives and interact with the public authorities protecting one’s own interests.
The group works on expanding women’s presence in the Core and Expanded Coordination Council, gaining influence in the decision-making process within the Council and continuing its activities after the Council completes its mission as a transition body.
Trade Union ONLINE
This is a platform designed to form independent trade unions. It helps industrial workers protect their labour rights, gives information about the availability of assistance to those who have found themselves in complicated life circumstances, and unites people from different social groups.