Healing Belarus - Upholding Rule-of-Law, Democracy and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in the Republic of Belarus Mark O'Doherty Auth
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The International Community should be advised that the government of the Republic of Belarus is currently in dispute. Police violence, erosion of democracy and rule of law violations are increasing dramatically in Belarus; Alexander Lukashenko being responsible of committing electoral fraud and perpetrating human rights violations after the sham election in Belarus on 9 August 2020. More than 6,000 people were arrested over four nights of largely peaceful protest that followed Lukashenko's fraudulent elections; countless protestors having been beaten and abused in prison. And as more prisoners are released, it has become clear that appalling conditions, abuse and torture have been widespread. Also Belarusian authorities - including the KGB security police - have been accused of kidnapping and threatening to kill the Belarusian opposition politician Maria Kolesnikova. She was one of seven people on the board of a coordination council set up to transfer power away from Lukashenko. All except the Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich have either been imprisoned or deported. Maria Kolesnikova's complaint included the names and ranks of individual officers of the KGB and the organised crime agency whom she accuses of kidnapping and threatening to kill her. So those individuals and organisations responsible of committing blatant human rights violations in Belarus need to be charged, convicted and punished - so that rule of law and democracy can finally be manifested in the Republic of Belarus. Also, EU foreign ministers have taken the first steps toward imposing sanctions on top officials in Belarus as protests continue to sweep the country; the EU's 27 leaders stating that the bloc did not recognise the results of the fraudulent elections. It should also be noted, that foreign observers have not declared a Belarusian election free and fair since 1995; Mr. Lukashenko having established an effective dictatorship since 1994, sustaining his tyrannical grip on Belarus by shamelessly rigging elections. Hence the International Community is advised to keep a safe distance from the Lukashenko Government, until it has agreed to evolve and improve itself - by implementing a peaceful and democratic transition in Belarus; so that rule of law, democracy and fundamental human rights can be restored in the country. In the meantime, domestic policy, foreign policy and human rights issues concerning the Republic of Belarus will be handled by the NGO BTB-Global Peacebuilding.

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