EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Disappearances in Belarus -What We Will Do This Time?

Posted by Info on 14/03/2011

Anatoly Krasovsky is one of many Belarus dissidents to have vanished under Europe’s ‘last dictatorship’.

A decade on and Mr Lukashenko’s security services – which still use the KGB moniker – are back in action, stamping down on pro-democracy activists and arresting hundreds.
Human rights groups have likened their trials to the kangaroo courts of the Soviet era. Belarus continues to be one of the West’s worst human rights abusers and the only country in Europe which still carries out the death penalty. Yet many Belarus activists say it was the international community’s failure to confront Mr Lukashenko’s earlier abuses .

“When the disappearances began Lukashenko crossed a moral line. The international community could have stopped him then but they didn’t. Once he realised he would never be punished, Lukashenko knew he could do whatever he liked.”
Last September, prominent web journalist Oleg Bebenin was found dead in his home. ….many of those who attended Mr Bebenin’s funeral are now in prison following the latest crackdown…. like Andrei Sannikov, Dzmitry Bandarenka, Natalia Radzina, Aliaksandr Atroshchankau who attended the funeral are now in prison, awaiting trial or under house arrest.”
What the international community will do this time?

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