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This idea is manifest on everyday needs and challenges. In 2007 there were some serious discrepancies in Belarusian human rights policy. If we try to explore some problematic cases, we can conclude that sometimes it’s physically impossible to deliver to Belarusian government propositions and ideas from Belarusian citizens. At the same time, some proposition from Belarusian citizens, which are delivered to authority come out so distorted and baffling that nobody can benefit from it. Due to specific human reasons, finally it’s leading only to misunderstanding and can’t lead to mutual dialogue between authority and Belarusian citizens. The biggest problem is lack of dialogue among these two sides. Due to barriers and obstacles all attempts are doomed to failure.
Lack of meaningful interaction with authority leads to difficulties, which impact negatively on all layers of Belarusian society. Internal policy like a foreign policy, must be based on essential conclusions. Information is accessible in modern society and all people, who are interested in it, are allowed to use it. Sometime problems are rooted in how people implement this information. A lot depends on personal perceptions.
As a good example of successful work, is European Roma and travelers Forum. This forum enables Roma people to raise their voices and to be heard. Roma people themselves came up with this idea and Roma people are final recipient of this work. Roma participate in the discussions and Europe takes into account their hopes and expectations.
The roundtable in my opinion can solve a lot of problems. At first, all information from national minorities and religions can be delivered directly to Belarusian authority without any kind of distortions. Roundtables already exist in different countries and are quite successful. Representatives from national minorities and religions are in position to share their relevant ideas with authority. At the same time, it helps to reinforce intercultural dialogue between different people within society. My proposition is to create permanent roundtable under the Belarusian society from representatives from national minorities and religions to enhance cooperation and to solve same problems.
People have a right to be heard.
Belarusian Roma Lawyers Group