Tue. Apr 16th, 2024
Condemning Sham Parliamentary and Local Elections in Belarus

The United States condemns the Lukashenka regime’s sham parliamentary and local elections that concluded today in Belarus.  The elections were held in a climate of fear under which no electoral processes could be called democratic.  The regime continues to hold more than 1,400 political prisoners.  All independent political figures have either been detained or exiled.  All independent political parties were denied registration.  Belarusians abroad could vote only if they returned to Minsk, where they would have likely faced reprisals.  These abuses have effectively frozen genuine political activities and discourse inside Belarus.  The regime prevented the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe from observing the elections, further limiting the transparency that is essential to free and fair elections.

The United States recognizes the strength, resilience, and courage of Belarus’s civil society and democratic movement, which demand a voice in determining their country’s future.  The United States again calls on the Lukashenka regime to end its crackdown, release all political prisoners, and open dialogue with its political opponents.  The Belarusian people deserve better.

Official news published at https://www.state.gov/condemning-sham-parliamentary-and-local-elections-in-belarus/

originally published at Politics - JISIP NEWS