Join us for a street exhibition and a protest action against the electoral falsifications in Belarus on the occasion of OSCE meeting in Vienna with the participation of L. Yarmoshyna, the Head of Central Electoral Committee of Belarus.
Place: at Heldenplatz in Vienna`s Hofburg, in front of the OSCE Headquarters.
July 12, 2012 – 2-7pm
July 13, 2012 – 11 am – 6 pm
On July 12-13, 2012 the OSCE is holding a Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on Democratic Elections and Election Observation to which the organizers invited official representatives of the Belarusian regime. With this street exhibition we would like to draw public attention to the problems of election falsifications in Belarus, which have a direct link to sustaining the current oppressive regime in our country.
As the head of Central Electoral Committee (CEC) since 1996, L. Yarmoshyna has been one of the central figures of Lukashenka´s authoritarian government. None of the electoral campaigns held since she assumed her post have been declared free or fair by the international community.
L. Yarmoshyna is one of the Belarusian officials who fell under the EU sanctions after the
Belarusian government violently suppressed the peaceful protests against falsified presidential elections in December 2010. As a result hundreds of people where beaten up and arrested by the police; seven oppositional presidential candidates and dozens of activist were arrested and spent months in prison, many of them were convicted for long term sentences; and dozens of NGO and media offices were searched and had their property confiscated and are still being harassed by the police up to this day.
In September 2012 Belarus will hold next parliamentary elections. It is already becoming clear that these elections are not going to be free and fair. For instance, independent observers are facing problems with registering at polling stations, which means that it will be impossible to control the fairness of the electoral process.
“This Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting (SHDM) will provide a platform to discuss best practices in follow-up and implementation of the OSCE commitments on democratic elections and explore strategies and key issues in election observation. The SHDM will also address such election-related matters as universal and equal suffrage rights, legal framework, media, campaign financing, and gender.” (from OSCE homepage)
Yarmoshyna‘s time as the Head of the CEC has shown that she is not able to provide ground for free and fair elections in Belarus according to the international electoral standards. We believe that her participation in the OSCE event in Vienna, despite the sanctions imposed against her by the EU in 2011, serves more as the recognition of the unlawful regime in the country than an attempt to achieve any positive changes. We believe that at this point there is no sense in holding dialog with the representatives of the Belarusian regime.