Foreign Vice-Minister Dalius Čekuolis attended the European Humanities University’s opening ceremony of the Academic Year 2020-2021
On 14 October, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Dalius Čekuolis participated in the European Humanities University’s (EHU) opening ceremony of the Academic Year 2020-2021. The Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanouskaya also attended the event.
Čekuolis highlighted the importance of this exceptional democracy support project in today’s context. Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister affirmed that Lithuania would continue its full support for the University, as it was a long-term investment into the future generation of Belarus. “Belarus has changed over the past few months, but there is still a lot of work to be done with regard to the Implementation of the University’s mission aimed at promoting democratic reforms inside Belarus,” said the Foreign Vice-Minister.
When speaking about today’s developments in Belarus, the Vice-Minister noted that “as we are celebrating the opening of the new Academic Year, some students, including Maryja Rabkova, are still being detained for defending civil rights and human dignity in Belarus”.
Founded in Minsk in 1992, EHU was forced to cease its activities in Belarus in the summer of 2004. In 2005, thanks to the support of the Government of Lithuania, the European Commission, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the U.S.A., many EU member states, governments, public funds and organisations, the University was relocated to Vilnius. In 2006, EHU was granted the official status of a Lithuanian University. Finally, the Government of Lithuania granted EHU the status of a “University in Exile” in 2019 .
Since 9 August, 25 EHU graduates and 6 students have been detained for participating in mass protests.