Belarusian democratic leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya to address MEPs

On Thursday morning, the leader of the democratic forces of Belarus, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, will address MEPs on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Ms Tsikhanouskaya currently lives in exile in Lithuania, having been forced to flee her home country following the fraudulent presidential elections in 2020. She is expected to primarily outline her views to the Foreign Affairs Committee on the war in Ukraine and the role of Belarus in the conflict, as well as comment on the latest political situation in Belarus, which is still ruled by an oppressive regime under dictator Aliaksandr Lukashenka.

Ms Tsikhanouskaya last addressed MEPs in 2021, when she urged Europe to “face autocracy more proactively”. Together with other leaders of the democratic opposition in Belarus, she also received the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2020.

Ms Tsikhanouskaya will attend the committee meeting in person.

WHEN: Thursday 13 October at 10.30 CEST

WERE: Room 3C050 in Parliament’s Spaak building in Brussels and remote participation.

You can follow the meeting live here. (13.10.2022)