We must bring what is happening in Belarus to the world’s attention and hear from those on the ground. Briefers on #BYHumanRights: UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Anaïs Marin; Belarusian opposition presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya; Vice-Chairman of the Viasna Human Rights Center, Valiantsin Stefanovic; Legal Expert for the Belarusian Association of Journalists, Volha Siakhovich. The meeting is chaired by Urmas Reinsalu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. The meeting was initiated by Estonia and co-sponsored by UN Security Council members the United States and United Kingdom, as well as Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine.

Ambassador

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to the Republic of Belarus

MERIKE KOKAJEV

Curriculum Vitae

1956, Tartu, Estonia

Education:
  • 1982 Leningrad State University, French Language and Literature
Employment record:
  • 1982-1987 Leningrad, Vocational School No. 14, teacher
  • 1987-1991 Leningrad, Vocational School No. 42, teacher of English and French
  • 1991-1993 Protocol Department, Diplomat
  • 1993-1996 Embassy in Brussels, Second Secretary
  • 1996-1997 First Secretary of the 1st Office of the Protocol Department (Office of Ceremonies and Visits)
  • 1997-1999 Director of the 1st Office of the Protocol Department (performed the duties of the Director General of the department from 10.1998 to 03.1999)
  • 1999-2002 Permanent Representation to Geneva, First Secretary
  • 2002-2005 Director of the 2nd Office of the 1st Political Department
  • 2005-2008 Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York, Counsellor
  • 2008-2010 Director of the 1st Office of the Protocol Department
  • 2009-2010 Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to India, resided in Tallinn
  • 2010-2014 Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the Republic of Italy, based in Rome, side accreditations to the Republic of San Marino and the Republic of Malta
  • 2014-2016 Department for European and Trans-Atlantic Cooperation, Director of 3rd Office (Office of General Affairs of South Eastern Europe and the EU)
  • 2016- Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the Republic of Belarus, based in Minsk
Other job assignments:
  • 2005-2007 Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Foreign languages:
  • English, Russian and French