The Black Boxes: Teliasonera and the Bel...

The Black Boxes: Teliasonera and the Belarusian Dictatorship
In March our colleague, the Swedish human rights activist Isabel Sommerfeld traveled to Belarus followed by a television team of the Swedish channel SVT to investigate the involvement of the nordic telecommunications giant Teliasonera with the Belarusian Regime. The result of this investigation is a 60 minute report that shows clearly how Teliasonera is  intimately connected to human...

Swedish Radio Shuts Down Belarus Show

Swedish public service (read Swedish Radio) has decided to shut down the biweekly radio shows in Belarusian from 1 September this year. This is the state radio in a country that allegedly promotes democracy and human rights in Belarus, and on top of all just entered their six months presidency for the EU. According to an article in ekuriren.se Ingemar Löfgren, editor-in-chief of SR...

Swedish Telia Invests in Belarus

The Swedish telecompany Telia has through an affiliated company Turcell bought the Belarusian company BeST.  For Swedish liberals this means that Telia, which is partly owned by the Swedish state, is indirectly aiding the Belarusian government to tap and jam the phones of the opposition.  However, Telia will not take responsibility for the possible human rights violations that they...

Urban Ahlin on European Partnership and ...

Swedish politican Urban Ahlin considers the European Partnership as a good opportunity for Minsk to prove themselves and their will to democratize – to the European community. According to Ahlin Belarusian officials have a lot to gain from learning and interacting with EU officials that have a different political culture and “could not have negative impact on democratic...

European Parliament resolution on Belaru...

On 2 April the European Parliament voted for a resolution urging Belarus authorities to improve in human rights and making democratizing changes such as freedom of association, assembly and religion. Another topic was to organize free and fair elections. The EP also wants Belarus to aknowledge the Union of Poles working in Belarus, to reconsider cases of forced drafting into the army,...

EU positive to trade with Lukashenka

RIA Novosti reports that the Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos has been on a visit to Minsk, where he said that the geographical situation of Belarus gives Europe an incentive to work more closely with Belarus in the future and that it is time to fully restore all relations between EU and Belarus. Lukashenka commented that half of Belarus’ trade turnover was with the EU,...

Is Lukashenka going to Prague or not?

It is still not decided, the Charter ’97 Press Centre let it be known, whether or not Lukashenka will be invited to the Eastern Partnership that will be held in Prague.  There have been reports that he would be invited, discreetly, but this is now denied and clarified with that an invitation to the Belarusian dictator is still not decided upon. Oppostion and political...

What’s Eating Europe?

How come Europe has not taken further and/or stronger steps toward taking a stand against Lukashenka’s regime in Belarus? According to Stanislau Shushkevich, in an interview for Radio Racjya (as reported in the Charter ’97 Press Centre) it is ambivalence and fear of a new situation like the one in Georgia last summer. Shushkevich is a former head of the Supreme Council in...