Belarusian democracy movement
The Belarusian democracy movement seeks to challenge Alexander Lukashenko's regime.
Alexander Lukashenko has ruled the country in an authoritarian fashion since 1994. The United Nations Human Rights Council noted that Belarusian political system is "incompatible with the concept of human rights".
Charter 97 is a declaration calling for democracy in Belarus and a human rights group taking its inspiration from the declaration. The document – whose title deliberately echoes the Czechoslovak human rights declaration Charter 77 twenty years earlier – was created on the anniversary of a referendum held in 1996, and which, in the words of the organisation of the same name, declares: "devotion to the principles of independence, freedom and democracy, respect to the human rights, solidarity with everybody, who stands for elimination of dictatorial regime and restoration of democracy in Belarus."
The Jeans Revolution was a term used by the democratic opposition in Belarus and their supporters to describe their effort and aspirations as regarding democratic changes in Belarus at the presidential elections of 2006.
2010 presidential election
After the Belarusian presidential election, 2010, up to 40,000 people protested against Lukashenko. Up to 700 opposition activists, including 7 presidential candidates, were arrested in the post-election crackdown.
Several websites of the opposition and opposition candidates were also blocked or hacked. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google talk, many email services and LiveJournal were also blocked. The headquarters of Charter97, an opposition group and website, was stormed by Lukashenko's security forces and all its staff was arrested.
According to the Independent, Lukashenko's security forces went after his opponents "with a ferocity that would not have looked out of place in Soviet times".
On 25 March 2012, several thousand people participated in an anti-government rally in Belarus on the anniversary of Belarus's short-lived independence from Russia in 1918. Belarusian state television reported that there were 200 protesters in Minsk.
- The European Union has enforced sanctions against the Lukashenko regime.
- NATO has enforcing sanctions against the Lukashenko's Administration.
- Actors Kevin Spacey, Jude Law, Roger Lloyd-Pack, and playwright Sir Tom Stoppard joined street protests in London against the dictatorship in 2011.
- A Lesson of Belarusian
- BPF Party
- Belarusian People's Republic
- Belarusian Humanities Lyceum
- Day of Solidarity with Belarus
- Freedom Day (Belarus)
- YCSU Young Democrats
- Zubr (political organization)
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- A 2005 Iryna Khalip interview
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- Against the Law: Jude joins Kevin Spacey on street protest against brutal Belarus regime of 'Europe's last dictator'. The Daily Mail. 29 March 2011