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How to Help Belarusan Democrats
(August 21, 2020) The people of Belarus continue to protest the blatant stealing of another election by Alexander Lukashenka and his regime’s harsh repression. As it has done for more than 30 years, the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe (IDEE) stands in solidarity with the people of Belarus and calls on all democratic governments, legislatures and organizations supporting freedom to do the same. Read More PDF Version
What is IDEE?
The Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe (IDEE) is an independent organization dedicated to the active promotion of democracy, civil society, and human rights throughout Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and other communist and post-communist countries. Formed in 1985, IDEE is one of the most experienced and successful non-governmental organizations supporting democracy in the region. This new web site is aimed at presenting information on both current and past activities of the organization and to provide a forum to analyze the past and current situation in the region. Read more.
Crimean Tatar Leaders Call for Increased Sanctions On Russia
(May 18, 2018) Released political prisoners Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, leaders of the Crimean Tatar nation who were imprisoned by Russian occupation authorities in Crimea, called for increased sanctions on Russia during a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with U.S. policy makers from May 12-17. The Russia Federation seized the territory from Ukraine by force in March 2014. The leaders called on the US Congress and Government to seriously escalate sanctions in order to end Russia’s occupation of Crimea and the systematic repression of Crimean Tatars. Read More
IDEE Condemns Forced Exile of Crimean Tatar Leaders
(October 25, 2017) The Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe (IDEE) welcomes the release from prison and house arrest of Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, the two deputy chairmen of the Crimean Tatar national assembly, the Mejlis. IDEE equally and strongly protests their forcible expulsion from Crimea. Their unwanted exile is a further violation of human rights by the Russian government — part of a systematic campaign of persecution of Crimean Tatars since its illegal occupation of Crimea in March 2014. Read more
25 Years After 1989: Reflections on Unfinished Revolutions
In October 2014, IDEE held a seminar with 22 veterans of the 1989-91 revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in order to examine the varied outcomes of the transitions from communism, analyze the current crisis in the region, and develop ideas for taking on the unfinished business of that era. Read more.