Association of Schools of Political Studies criticized fake elections in Belarus

Association of Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe, which includes the Ukrainian School of Political Studies, condemned the unfair elections in Belarus and the Belarusian authorities’ attempts to suppress peaceful protests.

We publish the full text of the statement made by the Association of Schools of Political Studies:

Strasbourg 15.08.2020: The Association of Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe (ASPS) voiced outrage at the rigged election and subsequent savage repression of protests in Belarus.

The use of violence by the country’s authoritarian regime against its own citizens shows its contempt for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.

Calling for the release of all those detained during the election, the ASPS condemned the Lukashenko government’s attempts to silence opposition voices, undermine civil society, and prevent the emergence of a new generation of democratic leaders.

The people of Belarus must have the right to free and fair democratic elections as well as respect for human rights which are at the heart of the work of the Council of Europe’s Schools of Political Studies, the ASPS said.

The ASPS groups 21 Schools in Europe and North Africa including the East European School of Political Studies which was established in Ukraine in 2007 and works for Belarus. It promotes the emergence and development of civil society in Belarus but most of its activities have to take place outside the country”.

Ukrainian School of Political Studies and Agency of Legislative Initiatives also expressed support for the people of Belarus in their quest to defend their democratic rights and freedoms.