18.09.2012 / 10:05

Brest Democratic Coalition Calls on OSCE PA to Refrain from Dealing with Belarus' Illegitimate Government

Spadchyna, opposition coalition in the Brest region, has called on the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly to declare a moratorium on the observation of elections in Belarus and refrain from deals with Belarus' illegitimate government.

Belarus has had no legitimate parliament since 2006, and enough evidence of ballot-rigging was collected during elections in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006 and 2010, Spadchyna says in an appeal to Riccardo Migliori, president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and Matteo Mecacci, head of the OSCE PA's observation mission for the September 18-23 House of Representatives elections.

The coalition notes that there has been no legislative or political change in Belarus, and that the OSCE mission would be used as a puppet by the Belarusian authorities.

The OSCE should not reengage with Belarus until an international investigation is launched into the 1999-2000 disappearances of opponents of Aliaksandr Lukashenka and the 2011 Minsk subway bombing and all political prisoners are released and exonerated, Spadchyna says.

In January 2012, Spadchyna decided to boycott the parliamentary elections. The coalition includes the local chapters of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party, the Narodnaya Hramada Belarusian Social Democratic Party, European Belarus, Yong Front, and Maladaja Belarus.