President of Freedom House David J. Kramer met with European Humanities University (EHU) students and gave a public lecture on "Belarus since December 19th." Kramer discussed his views on the political regime in Belarus. According to him, the Belarusian Government is corrupt and incapable of moving to democracy. The only way to change the political system is to impose economic sanctions, as was done in 2007 and 2008.
“We imposed a visa ban, but there were no political changes. Prisoners are still being kept,” said David Kramer.
Civil society is the key to Belarus's future and it should be provided more support with better coordination, said Kramer. Speaking about EHU, Kramer called it valuable and significant. EHU provides an opportunity for Belarusian students to study and develop in a positive direction. The President of Freedom House thanked the Government of Lithuania for providing a home for EHU after it was expelled from Minsk in 2004 and expressed the hope that one day EHU students will all again be able to attend classes in Belarus.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.
The European Humanities University is a private, non-profit liberal arts university founded in Minsk in 1992. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the university has been headquartered in Vilnius, Lithuania since authorities expelled it from Belarus in 2004. It serves nearly 2,000 mostly Belarusian students, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs and promoting research in the humanities and social sciences.