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.

History of Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations between Estonia and Belarus were established on 6 April 1992. Estonia opened its consulate general in Minsk on 21 July 1995, and as of January 2009 Estonia has an embassy in Minsk. Estonia’s first ambassador to Belarus Jaak Lensment presented his credentials to President Lukashenko on 25 October 2010. Currently, Estonia is represented in Belarus by Ambassador Merike Kokajev, who presented her credentials to President Lukashenko on 13 December 2016.

The Belarusian consulate general in Tallinn became an embassy in May 2010. The first Belarusian Ambassador residing in Tallinn, Anatoly Stepus, presented his credentials to President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on September 18, 2014.