The joint €40 million programme will involve Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova.
Hundreds of Belarusians have fled to Lithuania since the disputed presidential election in August.
“Under a dictatorship, there cannot be independent judges and courts," said disbarred lawyer Alexander Pylchenko. "Our country is not an exception."
Data shows Belarus was the most dangerous country in Europe for journalists in 2020.
Even without the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 was a year of monumental stories that will shape the world in the years to come.
The 1986 disaster has unexpectedly created Europe's largest nature reserve.
Huge anti-Lukashenko protests have been held for months in Belarus, with little to show. Are demonstrators now changing tack?