There is no embassy of the Republic of Belarus in Slovenia. Belarusian embassy in Vienna, Austria is also accredited to Slovenia.
Setting up an alternative, the so-called ‘’People’s Embassy’’ gives a possibility to around 200 belarusians to have their own embassy in Slovenia and also support the movement of democratic changes in Belarus.
‘’People’s Embassy’’ in Slovenia
According to exit poll results in Austria, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya got 89.5% of election votes while Aliaksandr Lukashenka got only 2.4% of votes which was also supported by a lot of evidence of falsified results. Therefore, Aliaksandr Lukashenka is not recognized as a legitimate president by the EU.
Belarusian diaspora in Slovenia addressed their requirement to condemn violence and illegitimate takeover of government and power in Belarus to Belarusian embassy in Vienna.
Since there was no respond from the representatives of the embassy, Belarusians filed a no confidence vote to the embassy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Consultation council for Belarusians living abroad.
We set up ‘’People’s embassy in Slovenia’’ in order to protect rights and interests of Belarusians and also to represent democratic Belarus supported by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and People’s Anticrisis council.
Official position of Slovenia
Slovenian government recognized elections in Belarus as illegitimate and Aliaksandr Lukashena as an illegitimate president. In October 2020 Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar had a meeting with belarusian national leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.
Belarusians in Slovenia
Belarusians in Slovenia started to unite in summer 2020 after elections and following events in Belarus.Everybody was terrified by the events which happened during the elections, the falsified election results and violence of police and other forces to peaceful protesters who did not agree with the results.
In August 2020 Belarusians in Slovenia created a group in facebook and decided to support belarusians fighting for a free and democratic country and we started to:
- Organize peaceful protests to support belarusians. Around 40 people came to the protest on the 29th of August which was held in Ljubljana
- Bring awareness and sign petitions
- Share and spread information about what is really happening in Belarus
- Send letters, communicate and meet with Slovenian officials and government representatives: prime minister, president, minister of foreign affairs, representatives of European parliament.
- Since September 2020 representatives of Belarusian diaspora in Slovenia have been also actively participating in the ‘’Association of Belarusians living abroad’’