Around a hundred people gathered at the historic Römerberg Square in Frankfurt-am-Main to demand an end to the “last dictatorship in Europe” and the release of all political prisoners in Belarus. Thanks to the ISHR, many German parliamentarians, academics and members of civil society came together to stand up for the Belarusian people. Photo: Valentin Popa.
For democracy and freedom in Belarus
Together with representatives of Belarusian civil society, politicians from various parties and experts on Eastern Europe, the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) showed “unconditional solidarity” with political prisoners and others persecuted by Alexander Lukashenko’s regime at Römerberg in Frankfurt on Saturday. Testimonies and evidence of the harshest repression, brutal use of force, torture and murder by state security forces are staggering. More than 500 people have been locked up for a year without legal representation. The ISHR notes that the fate of the Belarusian democracy movement is crucial to the security and future of the EU.
The victory of the Belarusian democratic movement has existential significance for Putin
The Belarusian dictator would be virtually powerless without Putin and his allies. The victory of the democratic movement in brotherly Belarus, followed by the establishment of a democratic government, will undoubtedly revive the suppressed democratic movement in Russia, the ISHR believes. While critics such as Maria Kolesnikova are vilified and locked up by the Belarusian regime, the EU is openly mocked as a community of values. For example, the Belarusian dictator and Putin were amused on television by the EU’s “outburst of anger” after a Belarusian fighter jet hijacked a commercial airliner in European airspace to arrest 25-year-old journalist Roman Protasevich. “Thus, a tug-of-war between democracy and dictatorship has been going on in the heart of Europe for a year now,” stresses Dr. Carmen Crush-Grün, the ISHR’s expert on Eastern Europe.