Discussion

Europe and Belarus: End of Illusions?

The first session of the new season of discussion club "politika.lt" will take place on January 26. We will debate the current situation in Belarus after the Presidential election of 19.12.2010.

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The regulary Presidential elections in Belarus took place on December 19, 2010. The citizens were given a choice of nine presidential candidates: Alexandr Lukashenko and eight candidates of democratic opposition Vitaly Rymashevsky, Vladimir Neklyaev, Alexei Mikhalevich, Andrei Sannikov, Nikolai Statkevich, Grigory Kostusev, Dmitrij Uss, Jaroslaw Romanchuk. The election observation by OSCE and independent observers from Human Rights organizations as well as democratic opposition were allowed to enter polling stations. So, the image of democratic and free elections was guaranteed. Nevertheless the image of pro-democratic state rapidly changed as the belarussian special troops used violence against members of a peaceful demonstration on the evening of 19.12 in Minsk. Seven of the nine presidential candidates were arrested. Members of election campaigns of democratic candidates, their wives, members of NGO's as well as independent media were also arrested in the following days. Attorneys weren't allowed to visit their clients, not to speak about the lack of information about health condition of detainees. Moreower students, which participated at the demonstration were expelled.

The case of Belarus and the human rights situation in that country led to concern all over the globe. In many European countries there followed protests in front of embassies of the Republic of Belarus. The European Union condemned the actions of officials in Belarus during and after the presidential election. On January 31 the EU will declare its sanctions to Belarus.

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Dr. Irena VAIŠVILAITĖ,Vice-rector for Administration and Infrastructure, European Humanities University (EHU)

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  • Europe and Belarus: Beginning of the real cooperation not only with Belarus, but also with Belarusians

Mr. Darius SEMAŠKA, Foreign Policy Adviser to the President of the Republic of Lithuania


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Venue

"La Boheme", Šv. Igonoto g. 4/3, Vilnius

Contact

Andreas Michael Klein

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Director Regional Programme Political Dialogue Asia

Andreas.Klein@kas.de +65 6603 6160 +65 6227 8343