In the period from October 1, 2023 to May 30, 2024, Ocalenie Foundation together with partner organizations is implementing the project “International network of organizations for a report on the death toll in the humanitarian crisis on the border between the European Union and Belarus”. Partner organizations participating in the project: Association Human Constanta International, Association „I want to help refugees”, Sienos Grupė.
Funds for this grant come from the ‘Protecting EU Values and Fundamental Rights through Public Participation and Civil Society Assistance in Central Europe – PROTEUS’ project implemented by TF, in cooperation with the Engaging Central Europe (ECE) and the Fund for Belarus Democracy (FBD) programs of The German Marshall Fund of the United States. The PROTEUS project is co-financed by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) through the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme (CERV) of the European Union.
The aim of the project is to create a report on the death toll and missing persons on the border of the European Union with Belarus. In the first months of 2023, the number of bodies found on the border increased significantly, which attracted the attention of international organizations, including UN agencies. Since the beginning of the humanitarian crisis in August 2021, at least 80 people have died on the borders of the European Union and Belarus, and over 300 have gone missing. So far, information on fatalities has been provided in a scattered manner, only for individual countries, and information about them is incomplete. The project – and coming publication – is a response to the lack of reliable and uniform documentation of deaths at the borders of the European Union with Belarus.
The project has four interrelated objectives: creating an online and printed publication on the effects of the humanitarian crisis at the borders of the European Union; communication; advocacy; networking and building cooperation.
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