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Senator Andreychuk urges adherence to international election standards in Belarus

Senator Andreychuk today urged adherence to universal principles for genuine democratic elections, as Belarus prepared for presidential elections on Sunday, 11 October 2015.

“Belarussians, like all people worldwide, deserve to live in a country that upholds their basic right to participate in elections, and to vote in free and fair elections,” said Senator Andreychuk, who highlighted the 2005 Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation.

“Sunday’s elections are an opportunity for authorities in Belarus – and President Lukashenko in particular – to demonstrate their commitment to the internationally recognized rights of the people of Belarus to freely express their will as to who shall govern in their name and in their interests.”


Previous elections in Belarus have been widely criticized, with international organizations – including Freedom House and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe – citing concerns over procedural flaws, media censorship and the use of security forces and the judiciary to repress civil society and harass opposition candidates and supporters.   

The last presidential elections in Belarus, which took place in 2010, were met with widespread demonstrations and the arrest of several hundred protesters, including several opposition candidates.

Endorsed by 23 international organizations at the United Nations, New York on October 27, 2005, the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and Code of Conduct for International Election Observers establish the rights of citizens to vote and be elected in periodic elections as internationally recognized human rights.

Contact: Shaughn McArthur 613-996-4600