2018–2019 Strategy Paper

While pre­serving his power-polit­ics prerog­at­ives, Alex­an­der Lukashen­ka, the pres­id­ent of Belarus since 1994, has steered a for­eign policy course inten­ded to main­tain the country’s nation­al autonomy des­pite its eco­nom­ic depend­ency on Moscow and made it pos­sible for the nearly ten mil­lion-strong pop­u­la­tion to secure a live­li­hood through inde­pend­ent eco­nom­ic activ­ity Read more…

Open Letter to the President of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenka

Dear Mr. Pres­id­ent We, 48 under­signed organ­iz­a­tions from 24 coun­tries, strongly con­demn the con­tinu­ing wave of deten­tions and har­ass­ment of peace­ful pro­test­ers, journ­al­ists, human rights defend­ers, civil soci­ety act­iv­ists, anarch­ists and oppos­i­tion party mem­bers in Belarus. Most of the deten­tions and har­ass­ment are linked to par­ti­cip­a­tion in peace­ful protests demand­ing Read more…

Repression 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: Read more…

Strategy Report 2016/​2018

1. The situ­ation in Belarus Moscow – Minsk ten­sions To shore up its pre­cari­ous stra­tegic situ­ation, the author­it­ari­an Lukashen­ko regime is pur­su­ing a policy of con­trolled cooper­a­tion with the Rus­si­an Fed­er­a­tion. Under Vladi­mir Putin, the Rus­si­an Fed­er­a­tion seeks to estab­lish a Moscow-steered Euras­i­an Eco­nom­ic Uni­on; Belarus plays an import­ant role Read more…

Strategy Paper 2015

Pres­id­en­tial elec­tions were held in Belarus on 11 Octo­ber 2015. As expec­ted, Lukashen­ka was again elec­ted to the pres­id­ency in elec­tions that were, once again, rigged. And once again, new refine­ments in elec­tion manip­u­la­tion were intro­duced. For­eign policy con­sid­er­a­tions sug­gest that a more pos­it­ive eval­u­ation of the regime on the Read more…

Publication on the current situation of human rights in Belarus

Only shortly after its found­ing in 2004, the asso­ci­ation ‘Human Rights in Belarus’ pub­lished a com­pre­hens­ive doc­u­ment­a­tion on the dis­ap­peared per­sons in Belarus. This pub­lic­a­tion is avail­able in Ger­man lan­guage here. In Janu­ary 2014 mem­bers of the asso­ci­ation ‘Human rights in Belarus’ togeth­er with oth­er authors have pub­lished an ana­lys­is Read more…

2012 Strategy report on the situation in Belarus

The situ­ation Alex­an­der Lukashen­ko is the mas­ter of the “House of Belarus”, he scru­pu­lously represses mani­fest­a­tions of res­ist­ance with­in the country’s social and polit­ic­al struc­tures and circles, and he enjoys the rewards of reject­ing closer cooper­a­tion with the European Uni­on and its mem­bers, which have been forced by the Euro Read more…