Nieuws Democracy

Nieuws over politieke trainingen en ontwikkelingen in Oost- en Zuidoost Europa, de Kaukasus, Afrika en het Midden Oosten

Progressieve vrouwen van Oost-Europa willen meer samenwerken

Afgelopen weekend organiseerden we de Progressive Women’s Summit van Oost-Europa, samen met de UK Labour Party en de Social Democratic Platform in Oekraïne. Vrouwen uit vier Oost-Europese landen – Oekraïne, Belarus, Armenië en Georgië – kwamen samen in Kyiv, om ervaringen te delen en samen na te denken over mogelijk oplossingen voor de uitdagingen waar ze mee kampen.

Studentenactivisme in Wit-Rusland: je toekomst op het spel

Politiek activisme en studenten zijn een geijkte combinatie. In veel landen en tijdperken is de studententijd het moment waarop mensen zich politiek en maatschappelijk beginnen te roeren. Soms direct ook meteen het laatst. Terwijl in Nederland menigeen nostalgisch terugkijkt naar 1968 en verzucht dat de huidige studenten niet meer te bewegen zijn tot engagement, ligt het probleem in Wit-Rusland ingewikkelder. De waardering voor activisme is anders en de prijs beduidend hoger.

Opposition has a seat in Belarus’ Parliament for the first time in twenty years

On the 11th September Belarus’ citizens elected their new Parliament. For the first time in almost twenty years, since 2000, an opposition party member has been elected. Anna Konopatskaya is a member of the opposition United Civic Party and was head of its organization in Minsk. However, her election caused some controversy in opposition circles, as according to official results the relatively unknown politician beat the popular opposition politician Tatyana Karatkevich, who, as a presidential candidate in 2010 had gained the most opposition votes, coming in second, after President Lukashenko. Some pro-opposition observers and media decried the unlikely result, claiming the authorities ‘allowed’ Konopatskaya into the parliament to kill two birds with one stone: show off an opposition MP for the western observers, while not allowing a more popular politician the bigger platform of an MP seat.

Belarus' dicatator Lukashenko "wins" Presidential elections

The Central Election Commission (TsVK) of Belarus announced on 11 October that long ruling president Alyaksandr Lukashenko has officially won the Presidential elections for the fifth time with 83.49% of the vote. Despite calls to boycott the election from various oppositionists, the voter turnout was reportedly 86.7%. Lukashenko ran against 3 other candidates: opposition movement leader Tatsyana Karatkevich (Havary Pravdu /Tell the Truth) and pro-government politicians Syarhey Haydukyevich (Liberal Democratic Party) and Mikalay Ulakhovich (Belarusian Patriotic Party). The official results do not come as a surprise, as all of Lukashenko’s re-elections have had similarly high official results in elections that are widely considered rigged.

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