August 2020 Newsletter

   At BEARR, we are continuing to work remotely (August Trustees’ meeting above), but energetically. In this issue we have four major items of BEARR News:We are recruiting a new part-time Information Officer to replace our invaluable Sophie. A rewarding post for the right person.Our survey of how COVID-19 is affecting the work of NGOs/CSOs …

Moldova against COVID-19: solitary or solidary?

By Petru Negura, 18 June 2020 See here for the original article on IOS Ostblog Spezial. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed, as in a drop of water, a series of weaknesses but also unsuspected strengths of the Moldovan state and society.  At a population of fewer than 3 million inhabitants (and 3.5 million with Transnistria), Moldova …

Visiting two recipients of BEARR Small Grants in Armenia

Sophie Vandyck, BEARR Information Officer In August 2019 I had the privilege of visiting and evaluating two organisations working to make a difference to vulnerable groups in the Kotayk and Yerevan regions of Armenia; the ISHR and Improve Our Village.  The International Society for Human Rights, Armenia, is connected with ISHR organisations in other countries, …

BEARR Trust webinars, November 2020

Due to the situation with COVID-19, the BEARR Trust is not planning to hold its usual annual conference in London this coming November. Instead we plan to hold three separate on-line webinar discussions on different  COVID-related issues, as follows:  on 5 November – Civil Society Support for Persons with Disabilities;  on 12 November – Civil Society …

The BEARR Trust Annual Lecture 2020 ‘Europe’s Eastern Partnership/Russia’s ‘Near Abroad’ – living with powerful neighbours’

The BEARR Trust Annual Lecture 2020 ‘Europe’s Eastern Partnership/Russia’s ‘Near Abroad’ – living with powerful neighbours’, given by Tom de Waal – report For many years, at about this time of year the BEARR Trust’s friends and supporters and others with an interest in our region get together at the premises of the EBRD in central …

From Tuberculosis to COVID-19 in Russia’s Prisons

15.7.2020 BY OLGA ZEVELEVA A blog: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/gulagechoes/2020/07/15/lessons-of-the-recent-past-from-tuberculosis-to-covid-19-in-russias-prisons/ Lessons of the Recent Past: From Tuberculosis to COVID-19 in Russia’s Prisons BY JUDITH PALLOT, PI “GULAGECHOES” The Russian prison system is no stranger to epidemics. Faced with COVID-19, Russia has had a wealth of experience to draw upon. In this blog, and following on from the history of the …

June 2020 Newsletter

COVID-19 is still sadly dominating all our activities.  At BEARR we are trying to do as much as we can working from home, and hope you find our information, publications and other services a useful resource at this time. In this issue we have two articles on aspects of COVID-19 in EECA:Our BEARR Volunteer, Nathan …