Germany has allocated 21 million euros (25.3 million dollars) to implement the Action Plan Civil Society Belarus initiative aimed at providing support to the Belarusian opposition. This was announced by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, as DW reports.
"Let me assure you: Germany and the European Union stand with Belarusians. We have imposed sanctions against Lukashenko and his regime. And we have set up an 'Action Plan Civil Society Belarus' with up to 21 million euro," Maas said at the online conference of solidarity with Belarus.
According to the minister, the action plan provides asylum assistance and psychological care to Belarusian victims of torture and that fleeing persecution, supports independent media and offers scholarships to students who were expelled from their schools and universities for participating in anti-government demonstrations.
"And we are setting up a mechanism to collect evidence against those who violate human rights. The day will come when they will be held accountable. The day will come when Belarusians can enjoy democracy, freedom and the rule of law. We will owe that day to your energy, your courage and your resolve," Maas added.
As we reported earlier, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has nominated Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Nauseda nominated Tsikhanouskaya to show his support for the Belarusian democratic movement and its demand for free elections, said one of the sources.