About us

Founded in 2004, Östgruppen (Swedish Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights) is working to strengthen democracy and to cast light on human rights abuses in Eastern Europe. By cooperating with many organizations from mainly Belarus and Russia, we support their important work, and through our volunteer and expert network in Sweden, we raise interest and increase knowledge about the situation in our focus countries. Through initiating debates and disseminating information we aim to influence public opinion and policy makers on a national and international level. For example, we organize seminars, run a news site and blog, publish reports, participate in media as experts and hold different demos and street actions.