2012 Strategy report on the situation in Belarus

2012 Strategy report on the situation in Belarus
and recommendations for active measures to be taken
by the European Union and its Member States
November 2012


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2011 Strategy report on the situation in Belarus

2011 Strategy report on the situation in Belarus
with recommendations for action by the European Union and its members.
September 2011


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Freedom for Ales Bialiatski


Freedom for Ales Bialiatski
Belarusian Human Rights Defender Ales Bialiatski was detained on 4 August 2011 in Minsk. We are calling for his immediate und unconditional release.


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Belarus Today

Peter Liesegang, Member of the Association "Human Rights in Belarus" attended the demonstration of Belarusian citizens on public squares in Minsk in the evening of December 19, 2010 - the day of the Presidential Elections in 2010. He sums up his observations as an eye-witness:

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Report: Secound meeting of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forums

From the 18th to 19th November more than 200 representatives of civil society organisations based in the countries of the European Union and the Eastern Partnership (Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia) met in Berlin for the second "Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum". The aim of the conference was to present to the plenum the results of the work of the working groups and national platforms from the previous year, as well as to compose recommendations for the future work of the forum.
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Strategy Paper 2010

Situation analysis 2010 and political recommendations

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Report: First meeting of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forums

On November 16-17th the European Commission hosted the first Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership in Brussels. More than 200 representatives of civil society organisations out of the six countries of the Eastern Partnership attended the event. Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt congratulated the participants and encouraged to constructive co-operation with the European Commission. Please read the report from the meeting here. (in German)

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2009 Strategy Paper

Situation Analysis 2009 and Policy Recommendations

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Belarus - within the European Context

An article by the chairman of the association Human Rights in Belarus, Hans-Georg Wieck, on Belarus within the european context, it's relations to the European Union and the Council of Europe. The paper basis upon a lecture held by Mr Wieck in Bad Liebenzell in August 2009.

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Final Declaration of the Campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections" in Belarus


No confirmation of official election result possible by independent election monitoring.

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On the Occasion of the Belarusian Freedom Day March 25, 2007


Statement by the Association “Human Rights in
Belarus”, Berlin:
“Political Solidarity with the Freedom Fighters in Belarus. Days to Remember: March 25, 2006 and March 25, 1918

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Strategy paper on Belarus


The association "Human Rights in Belarus" published it's first strategy paper "
Germany, the European Union and civil society in Belarus" in April 2006.


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Op-Ed Presidential Elections 2006

 

Lukashenko scores a Pyrrhic victory  - international solidarity with the national civic movement

By Dr. Hans-Georg Wieck, Chairman of “Menschenrechte in Weißrussland e.V.”, Berlin 20 March 2006

With the officially announced election result of the presidential elections in Belarus on 19 March, Lukashenko has scored a Pyrrhic victory. The official result, which was heavily manipulated – 82.8 percent of the votes cast for Lukashenko, 6 percent for Milinkevich, 2.3 percent for Kosulin and 3.5 percent for Gaidukevich – bears no credibility:

· Based on exit polls (surveys of voters after they have cast their votes), Russian public opinion research institutes concluded that the actual political scenario is most accurately reflected by the following result: between 43 and 47 percent of the votes were cast in favour of Lukashenko, and 25.6 – 31 percent were cast for Milinkevich. A result of this order would necessitate a second round of voting.

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Our Associaion


As it's main task the Association "Human Rights in Belarus" sees the clarification of fact concerning the "disappearances" of oppositional figures in Belarus in 1999 and 2000 - the politicians Juri Sacharenko and Viktor Gondschar, the businessman Anatoli Krasowski und the journalist Dimitri Sawadski.

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Repressions in Belarus

In Belarus - on of the EU's new neighbors in Eastern Europe - human rights are heavily violated.

President Alexander Lukashenka, in 1994 elected according to a democratic constitution, has changed the country with a ‘coup d’état’ in November 1996.

Afterwards he changed the country into a neo-soviet authoritarian state: The standing of the constitution and legislation was replaced by arbitrariness of president's decrees.

The division between the executive, legislative and juridical branch of the state was revoked. Elections were systematically rigged. The parliament has no rights. The budget of the president is kept in secret.

Electronic media are under the state's supervision. The free press is hindered, critical journalist are tracked.

Organizations which not depend on the government are interdicted.

Leading representatives of the opposition were killed or have disappeared. Those and other violations of human rights were documented by international and Belarusian human rights organizations in Belarus as well as by the Council of Europe, die OSCE and the United Nations.

However, Lukashenka’s regime could profit from the circumstance that the political agenda for Belarus is very limited in Europe.

Under this, people who become victims of repression or who wish themselves a democratic state and the rule of law, suffer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Board: Dr. Hans-Georg Wieck, Stefanie Schiffer, Christoph Becker

Address: Postfach 330516, 14175 Berlin, Germany