Belarus Refuses OSCE Observation of Parliamentary Elections

PeopleOther ♦ Published: January 16, 2024; 11:35 ♦ (Vindobona)

The Belarusian authorities have decided not to invite observers from the OSCE to the upcoming parliamentary and local elections. This decision contradicts Belarus' international commitments and highlights concerns about the transparency and democratic standards of the elections.

President Lukashenko has refused to invite OSCE observers in the parliamentary elections, marking the first since the 2020 presidential elections, which secured his sixth term and sparked mass protests. / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / Ravaika Ruslan (CC BY-SA 4.0 )

Belarusian authorities have declared that they will not invite observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to monitor the country's upcoming parliamentary and local elections scheduled for February 25, 2024. This decision marks a significant move by President Alexander Lukashenko to further consolidate his control over Belarus's political institutions.…