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The divi­sion between the exec­ut­ive, legis­lat­ive and jur­idic­al branch of the state was revoked.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.

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