A joint statement by Transparency International’s Europe and Central Asia chapters
17.08.2020 Transparency International’s Europe and Central Asia chapters stand in solidarity with the people of Belarus who have been calling for an end of the country’s authoritarian rule following elections widely condemned by the international community for being rigged.
Belarus is often referred to as the last dictatorship in Europe. Autocrats like President Alexander Lukashenko believe they can ignore the will of the people and cling to power through repression and the use of force. The current political crisis is the culmination of the desires of ordinary people demanding change and respect for their rights.