Country Reports

Tensions between Moscow and Minsk

What the West ought to do now

After Minsk introduced a minor visa liberalization for foreigners within the framework of its gradual opening towards the West in the past months, political tension between Russia and Belarus have been mounting. What is this caused by and which scenarios exist for the West therein? more…

Dr. Wolfgang Sender | February 20, 2017

First national Human Rights Plan

A breakthrough for human rights in Berlarus?

On October 24th 2016, the Republic of Belarus adopted its first national human rights plan. It contains 100 measures to improve the human rights situation in the country. Even though the plan doesn’t address various important concerns for human rights in the country, it increases the attention towards human rights issues within the government of Belarus. more…

Dr. Wolfgang Sender | December 5, 2016

Elections for the Chamber of Representatives and the Council of the Republic in Belarus

Does the rapprochement between Belarus and the EU continue?

On September 11th 2016, roughly seven million Belarusians will elect 110 representatives of the Lower House of Parliament in a direct majority election. Parallel to the election of the Chamber of Representatives, the Upper House – the Council of the Republic, which functions as the representation of the regions- will also be elected. The election is seen as crucial in the process of rapprochement between the EU-neighbour and the West. more…

Dr. Wolfgang Sender | August 11, 2016

Alexander Lukashenko re-elected with a record result

Belarus without a real choice

Belarusians were asked to cast their votes in the presidential elections until Sunday, October 11th 2015. However, they didn’t have a real choice in both senses of the word: On the one hand, many Belarusians didn’t see a genuine alternative to president incumbent Alexander Lukashenko with respect to the current situation in the country. On the other hand, the electoral process deserved being deemed “elections“ with great reservations, at best. more…

Dr. Wolfgang Sender | October 12, 2015

Exile for Lukashenko?

How Advocates of Democracy are being Forced to Emigrate from Belarus

In the last 17 years of Lukashenko’s presidency, people have left Belarus to go into exile for many different reasons. Many have left their homeland to study or set up a business, or simply because they feared for their lives. Many of the President’s former allies who have fallen out of favour now live in Moscow. Lukashenko’s democratic opponents have chosen Prague, Warsaw or Vilnius as places to live in exile. more…

Stephan Malerius | February 15, 2012

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