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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President

Despite promising statements condemning violence from some universities in August, even before the start of the school year it became clear that there would be pressure on active students and teachers. The Belarusian Students' Association have prepared a review of the pressure on students. We supplement it with cases of fired teachers.


The repressions in Belarusian Academy always had a face: might it be a rector, a dean or a proffessor responsible for the politically motivated expulsions and firings. "Student Observatory" collected the names and cases to present the Black Book in Academia.

We urge international actors: universities, research programmes, EU institutions - to implement a personal responsibility mechanisms for listed below people, excluding them from visit delegations and common projects.

Scholart At Risk published an appeal to Belarusian authorities to release detained student and stop pressure on academical community. Here we publish part of the letter:

On International Students Day the EP Education committee urges the EU universities to help Belarusian students who face persecution to pursue their studies.

By pointing to the academic freedom as core principle of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), MEPs of EP’s Culture and Education committee call to urgently address the crackdowns on Belarus university students during the upcoming EHEA Ministerial Conference on 19th November.


“We condemn the repression against students and teachers. We stand behind the persecuted students and stand for academic freedom in Belarus”, said EP Culture and Education committee chair Sabine Verheyen (EPP, DE) on Tuesday.


Culture and Education MEPs also called on all EU universities to help those Belarusian students facing persecution to pursue their studies.


Background


The peaceful participation of students in the pro-democracy movement in Belarus has led to threats of expulsion or conscription into the military. The Belarusian Students Association (ZBS) has recorded the detention of 374 students since September, with 80 sentenced to a total of 953 days of administrative arrest, and 54 fined an average of 120 EUR each ‑ almost five times the value of a monthly academic scholarship in the country.


The European Higher Education Area, coordinated by the EU Commission, includes the EU member states and other (altogether 48) countries who have subscribed to the Bologna Process, with Belarus among them. See the members here.

The memo On maintaining BFUG special procedure to monitor the implementation of EHEA values and instruments and supporting civil society participation was prepared by the Belarusian Independent Bologna Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee of the Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum on the ocasion of the BFUG meeting on September 27, 2018. 

Full text of the Memo in PDF (English)