Since 2006, JEF Europe has been organising the “Free Belarus Action” to raise awareness about the Lukashenka regime, characterized as the “last dictatorship” in Europe. The threat to democracy is unfortunately not only coming from dictators in post-Soviet states, but from various groups and situations all over the continent. That’s why the “Free Belarus Action” was rebranded in 2014 to the “Democracy under Pressure Action” to include the alarming developments that put pressure on fundamental democratic values such as the freedom of speech and rule of law in several European countries, not only Belarus. The action week aims to draw attention to democratic values systematically being weakened, wants to raise awareness about the situation in several European countries, as well as to show solidarity within our own JEF family.
Therefore, the goal of the annual “Democracy under pressure” campaign is to draw attention to the systematic weakening of democratic values, to raise awareness about the situation in several European countries, as well as to show solidarity within our own JEF family. In 2021, the relevant action week takes place between March 18-25.