Bundestag Denies Lukashenko’s Legitimacy, Adopts Resolution On Belarus

On 4 November, the German parliament adopted a resolution rejecting the results of the 9 August presidential election in Belarus, denying the legitimacy of Alexander Lukashenko and calling for a new vote with the participation of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) observers. The resolution is of advisory nature, DW reports.

According to the Bundestag resolution, the elections in Belarus were neither free nor fair. What else is in the document?

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  • The lawmakers condemned the violence of the law enforcers against protesters and called for the immediate release of those detained for political motives.
  • The MPs demand the introduction of personal sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko and his allies responsible for “political repression, violence and election fraud.”
  • The resolution said that there is a need for mediation, including within the OSCE, as well as with the participation of Russia.
  • The MPs offer to provide financial support to protesters who suffered from violence, those fired for participating in strikes and independent media.
  • It is proposed to facilitate entry to Europe for Belarusians who have been subjected to political repression, to expand funding for civil society support programmes.
  • Expand scholarship programs for Belarusian students willing to study in Germany, as well as provide an opportunity for expelled students to study in the EU.
  • Revise the programs of financial support for the Belarusian economy through the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development so that they would “benefit, first of all, civil society and not government structures”.