The presidential election marred by large-scale fraud on 9 August 2020, the massive deterioration in the human rights situation in Belarus since then, and the political instrumentalisation of refugees…
Since 2014, the Eastern Partnership programme has enabled numerous civil-society organisations in Germany and in the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia to play their part as key actors and important partners of governance.
In March 2021, to counter tyranny in Belarus, the Federal Government joined with international partners to initiate a mechanism to document severe human rights violations in Belarus. The aim is to make it possible to investigate and prosecute such cases in future.
Since August 2020, people in Belarus have been demonstrating peacefully against electoral fraud and state violence and calling for freedom of opinion and the release of political prisoners. The political leadership in Minsk is responding with repression and unconcealed violence.
In Brussels the EU Foreign Ministers are discussing the situation in Belarus today. Other issues on the agenda include Libya and the Turkish-Greek gas dispute in the eastern Mediterranean.
Belarus has become closer to Germany and the EU in recent years. At the same time, the country needs to make progress on important reforms in the fields of democracy and the rule of law.