Title

The Future Belarus: Democracy or Dictatorship?

Tuesday, December 04, 2007
2:01pm
Room 1539, Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
United States
Official Transcript: 
Members: 
Name: 
Hon. Alcee L. Hastings
Title Text: 
Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Mike McIntyre
Title Text: 
Commissioner
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Witnesses: 
Name: 
Aliaksandr Milinkevich
Body: 
Movement for Freedom
Name: 
Anatoliy Lebedko
Body: 
United Civic Party of Belarus
Name: 
Enira Bronitskaya
Title: 
Human Rights Activist
Name: 
Pavel Severinets
Body: 
Malady Front of Belarus
Name: 
Sergey Kalyakin
Body: 
Belarusian Party of Communists
Name: 
Anatoly Levkovich
Body: 
Belarusian Social Democratic Party
Name: 
Dmitriy Fedaruk
Title: 
Acting Chair
Body: 
Malady Front

This briefing, on the prospects for democratic change in Belarus, a country located in the heart of Europe, but which had the unfortunate distinction of having one of the worst human rights and democracy records in the European part of the OSCE region, was held by Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

He was join by a delgation of courageous leaders of Belarus' democratic opposition and leading human rights and democracy activists: Aliaksandr Milinkevich, Anatoliy Lebedko, Sergey Kalyakin, Anatoliy Levkovich, and Dmitriy Fedaruk.

The witnesses were commended for their courage to testify at the briefing and applauded for their commitment to the struggle for democracy, freedom, and human rights, even under very trying circumstances.

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