What’s the Deal with Belarus?

Aljes Bjaljatski waving in jail
Photo: © Yulia Darashkevich

The Nobel Peace Center, The Norwegian Helsinki Committe, The Belarusian association in Norway and Uio invite you to a conversation about Belarus, also known as "Europe's last dictatorship".

Time: 23 Mar 2023 17:00 - 18:00 CEST
Place: Domus Bibliotheca, Oslo

The event is in Norwegian.

The event was livestreamed, you can watch the recording here:

It’s being called «the last dictatorship in Europe». Belarus is the country where the secret police is still called KGB and the president Lukashenko, even though he probably didn’t win the vote in the last elections. Here, the state is controlling the media and oppressing the opposition. One of the more than 1400 political prisoners are the human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, who received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2022.

Take a look at our digital Nobel Peace Prize exhibition for 2022 here.

To help us understand more about the country Belarus, we are joined by Darja Shut, head of the Belarusian organisation in Norway, and Arve Hansen, adviser in the Norwegian Helsinki Committee. The conversation is moderated by Christian Kjelstrup.

The event is part of the series Nobel Peace Talks, highlighting topics related to the Nobel Peace Prize to Ales Bialiatski, Memorial and Center for Civil Liberties. Nobel Peace Talks is supported by Fritt Ord, Hydro and Reitan Retail.