East and Southeast Europe
The Regional Office FNF ESEE covers 23 countries in East and Southeast Europe. The Regional Office in Sofia coordinates the following Project Offices in the region: Bulgaria and North Macedonia, Greece, Romania and Moldova, Western Balkans, Russia and Central Asia, Ukraine and Belarus, South Caucasus and Turkey.
Prisoner of Conscience: Emir-Hussein Kuku, Ukraine
Find out the story of Emir- Hussein Kuku, a Crimean Tatar human rights activist, charged with being a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir party that is banned as a terrorist organization in Russia, but legal in Ukraine. Kuku denied any involvement with the movement.
Defending what is right
Georgian politician and civic mover and shaker Tinatin Khidasheli has been immersed in the fight for justice for 30 years – and is ready for the next 30 to come. Tinatin is the type of person for whom the use of “fighter” in the expression “freedom fighter” is well deserved. In her three decades of civic activism, she has gone from clashing with the Soviet-era militsiya (police) in the final year before the fall of the USSR to defending in court the basic rights of those ostracised by the new Georgian state, from advocating the need for EU integration of her country in Parliament, to reforming its military.
Prisoner of Conscience: Azat Miftakhov, Russia
Find out the story of the prisoner of conscience from Russia. Azat Miftakhov, a Russian mathematics student and anarchist avtivist, is sentenced to six years in jail.
From public policy to politics in Croatia: an impossible mission?
Diana Topcic-Rosenberg tells her story of adapting to the political and social realities of her home country after a 20-year career abroad
We are the Power Here
In the documentary film “Women leading protests”, activist and music artist Maryna Rusia Shukiurava tells the inspiring story of how women realized and claimed their power in Belarusian society. She has been part of the opposition movement in Belarus since she was 18 years old. She has often expressed her political opinion through her work as a musician and as an NGO activist.
Deep gratitude and bitter disappointment
„We will never forget how she helped us. I remind you that a woman is coming to us representing a country that is our biggest trading partner and most important investor.”
In the run-up to her trip the German Chancellor was showered with effusive praise by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić. The divided reactions to the outgoing Chancellor’s farewell trip to the Western Balkans illustrate both the strengths and weaknesses of her engagement in the region.
Liberal Communicators Network (LCN): Non-Profit Edition
If you are passionate about non-profit communications, you are cordially invited to apply for the ‘Liberal Communicators Network (LCN): Non-Profit Edition’ of the European Liberal Forum (ELF). The Academy ‘Make a Good Message Better’ offers online a series of big-picture inputs by high-level speakers in the summer (7 sessions over 2 weeks: 24 June- 11 July) and 2 specialized workshops and 2 sessions in the autumn on SEO and Social Media in September and October.
Prisoner of Conscience: Azat Miftakhov, RussiaHuman Rights
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We are looking for a Project Coordinator for our Kyiv office from 1 January 2022FNF Ukraine Team
Situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Plus Employees in Public and Private Sector in TurkeyLGBTI+ in Turkey