The violence, persecution and ongoing detention of protesters, following the contested election of incumbent Alexander Lukashenko, are clear attacks on the country’s democracy and the rights of its people. CUPE is deeply concerned that political and civil activists, along with independent journalists, doctors, trade unionists, striking workers, education workers, athletes, cultural workers, and even the Catholic Church are being targeted by the regime.
The people of Belarus must determine their country’s future, and the independent trade union movement and civil society must be at the heart of this process.
CUPE joins the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions and the international labour movement in demanding:
- an end to all violence, persecution and illegal detentions of union leaders, activists and civil society members;
- the immediate release of all political prisoners;
- recognition of the fundamental right to strike of Belarusian workers as enshrined
in International Labour Organization conventions 87 and 98; and
- an election process with an independent election commission and international observers.