BELARUS: Lukashenko is on his way out, but how and when?

Hundreds of thousands in the streets, general strikes and myriads of other signs of protests in Belarus underlines the obvious: Belarusians want the end to the twenty-six-year rule of Alexander Lukashenko.

Watch the recording of the live stream at the bottom of this article.

Under the no doubt fearful gaze of Russia’s president Putin, events unfold at a pace no one would have anticipated. Will the demands of the Belarusian people for the resignation of the last dictator of Europe turn into the usual battle between Russia’s and Western interests, or can we see a peaceful transition of power, based on the will and interests of the Belarusian people? Will Russia again turn to use of force to assert itself?

How can Western governments act to most efficiently assist a peaceful transition of power? And how can the wounds of violence and torture against peaceful protesters heal?

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee and Tankesmien Agenda have invited outstanding civil society experts directly from the field , to be with us in a public event to share with us some alternatives for future developments of Belarus.

In the panel:

  • Natallia Satsunkevich, Human Rights Center Viasna, Belarus
  • Kirill Koroteev, Agora International Human Rights Group, Russia
  • Vytis Jurkonis, Freedom House, Lithuania
  • Berit Lindeman, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Norway

The conversation will take place at the online platform Zoom, a link will be published by the organizers. It will also be streamed on the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and Tankesmien Agendas Facebook pages. The conversation will be moderated by Sigrun Aasland, Vice President in Tankesmien Agenda.

Belarus: Lukashenko is on his way out, but how and when?

Belarusians want the end to the rule of Alexander Lukashenko. But will their demands be met, og will it turn into the usual battle between Russia’s and Western interests?

Posted by Norwegian Helsinki Committee on Wednesday, 26 August 2020

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