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2030. In his speech he also emphasized the important role of partnerships that make UN work successful, including cooperation with the Belarusian Government, civil society organizations, business, academia, all mass media partners and the international donor community, of which educational institutions of all levels are also a crucial pillar in transmitting knowledge and raising awareness about sustainable development. “I am certain that education, broadly understood as lifelong learning and self-realization process, is a transformational force, which is enhanced by the use of new technologies. Today’s agenda, by showcasing youth media products including video, posters, and information graphics will be a great contribution to your communities, and help them adopt sustainable lifestyles and, in the end, to create a more just, peaceful, tolerant , inclusive, secure and sustainable Belarus,” emphasized Mr. Ivanier. In 2022, over 70 media projects such as video, posters, infographics prepared by young people from all regions of Belarus in six nominations, which represented the themes of sustainable development, climate change, inclusiveness and culture of remembrance, were submitted. The undoubted favourite of the Festival and the winner of the audience choice award was the video entitled, “A Story of a Lonely Plastic Bag” created by Green Office team of BSPU students (Daria Danilchik, Elizaveta Rutskaya). The Youth Media Festival is an annual meeting of students from educational institutions of all levels and NGO representatives, who develop media projects to promote 17 Sustainable Development Goals among various groups of population.
The arrests are reported to have been made as officials of the State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus searched trade union offices and their leaders’ homes, seizing computers, personal documents, passports, union flags, leaflets and other items.
Those arrested include Alexander Yaroshuk, President of the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions (BKDP), who is also vice-president of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and a member of the ILO Governing Body; Siarhei Antusevich, BKDP Vice-President; Oleg Podolinski, BKDP International Secretary, and Elena Yeskova the Unions’ lawyer. Mikola Sharakh, Chairperson of the Belarusian Free Trade Union, was also arrested on his way to a court hearing. There are reports that more than a dozen other trade union leaders have also been arrested.
The arrest, even briefly, of trade union leaders for exercising their legitimate right to freedom of association constitutes a grave violation of the principles of freedom of association. Trade union rights lose all meaning in the absence of full and meaningful respect for those civil liberties enunciated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in particular the right to freedom and security of the individual, freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention, freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of assembly, the right to a fair trial and the right to protection of trade union property.
The Director-General calls on the responsible Belarusian authorities to immediately release the trade union leaders and any others still detained, and to take all necessary measures to ensure that they can carry out their trade union activities in a climate free from violence, intimidation, or threat of any kind.
Belarus has ratified all eight ILO Fundamental Conventions, including the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87) , and Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98) .