The Socialist International strongly denounces the recent parliamentary elections that took place in Belarus on 23rd September 2012.
Election results concluded with all 110 parliamentary seats from the lower chamber of the House of Representatives, taken by parties backing authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko.
The electoral process has been widely criticised as non-competitive, lacking in impartiality and deeply undemocratic. Voter-apathy, a factor often associated with disillusioned citizens, was also reported. Opposition parties were unable to campaign in a free and fair manner to the extent that some boycotted the elections pulling out before they took place.
The Socialist International strongly denounces this irregular and undemocratic electoral process and reiterates its condemnation of Lukashenko’s repressive regime. We continue to offer our support to our member parties, the Belarus Social Democratic Party (BSDP-NH), the Belarusian Party of Labour, which was given Observer Status at the SI Congress in South Africa in September 2012, and other like-minded political forces.
The Socialist International has long supported the struggle for democracy in Belarus. After presidential elections took place in December 2010, a number of oppositional party leaders, political representatives and local activists were unjustly imprisoned. Included in those incarcerated was Mikalai Statkevich, chair of SI member party BSDP-NH, who was a presidential candidate. He remains in prison today, after being sentenced to six years without a fair trial. The Socialist International swiftly announced its abhorrence of the situation and issued a call to president Lukashenko demanding the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners. SI Secretary General travelled to Belarus in 2011 to meet with social democratic parties, opposition forces and civil rights movements and demonstrate the SI’s commitment to achieving democracy in the country.
The Socialist International continues to be deeply concerned over the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Belarus.
The SI reiterates its call for the immediate release of Statkevich and all political prisoners that remain unjustly imprisoned in Belarus and calls for the establishment of a democratic system of governance that is so urgently needed in the country.
Resolutions and Decisions of the XXIV Congress
Report of the Secretary General
| 15 DECEMBER 2013
| 20 DECEMBER 2013
17 JUNE 2013
Developments in Turkey during the last three weeks have been followed with increasing concern by the international community. The Turkish government, which should respond to the grievances of the citizens who are protesting and act in accordance with the norms and principles of a democracy, is failing to listen and to seek a way forward to avoid the current spiral of violence, of beatings, and the victims that the world continues to witness as a consequence...
07 May 2013
The Socialist International is deeply concerned by legislation passed by the Moldovan Parliament last week, which compromises the integrity and the character of fundamental democratic institutions of the Moldovan State. Indeed, the International has been following political life in Moldova closely over recent years with a keen interest in seeing Moldova joining Europe, developing a new legitimate institutional framework, and consolidating past gains borne from the will of the Moldovan citizens for a fair and democratic society...
15 April 2013
The Socialist International, which has member parties in Venezuela and whose activities also include the participation of other like-minded organisations in that country, has followed with great attention for several years now, the evolution of political life in Venezuela. Among the international observers officially accredited for the presidential elections carried out yesterday, 14 April, were those from the Socialist International...
Tax evasion & tax havens
15 April 2013
George Papandreou, President of the Socialist International
The Socialist International (SI) has repeatedly called for international regulation to prevent tax evasion, which is robbing our economies of trillions of dollars every year. The recent media investigation of this phenomenon comes as a resounding confirmation of our position. In 2008, the SI created a Commission on the Global Financial Crisis, which highlighted the lack of effective international regulation and implementation mechanisms to stem tax avoidance and tax evasion...
27 March 2013
On the occasion of the 128th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held in Quito, Ecuador, from 22 to 27 March 2013, the Socialist International organised its regular meeting of parliamentarians from the SI political family attending the IPU Assembly, on 24 March...
13 March 2013
To mark the 6th Anniversary of the party Un Nuevo Tiempo in Venezuela, and in their designated year for political education, the Secretary General of the Socialist International, Luis Ayala, delivered a talk on the history and ideological foundations of social democracy, and of the Socialist International as a political model, offering as well his best wishes to a Venezuela in transition...