International Conference: "Democratic Elections to Solve the Crisis in Belarus"
June 1-2, 2021
15:00-18:00 GMT+3 or 8:00-11:00 GMT-4
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is honored to co-host an international conference on “Democratic Elections to Solve the Crisis in Belarus,” from June 1-2 in cooperation with International IDEA, Democracy Reporting International and Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s office. The event will be held from 15:00-18:00 GMT+3 both days (8:00-11:00 GMT-4).
The conference will bring together Belarusian stakeholders to identify a path forward, with expert support and guidance, after the controversial August 2020 presidential election and the continuing crisis in the country. This crisis has again been elevated to global attention by the hijacking of the Ryanair plane and subsequent detention of Raman Pratasevič, the take-down of Tut.By and the recent suicide of 17-year-old Dzmitry Stachouski within hours of security service interrogations. Ms. Tsikhanouskaya’s office and our conference partners are dedicated to respect of fundamental freedoms and the need for genuine and democratic elections in Belarus. With this, we look to promote an open, inclusive and transparent dialogue on new, truly democratic elections as the next step for peacefully resolving the crisis and restoring human dignity in Belarus.
The conference will consist of four panels, the first of which will be moderated by IFES’ Europe and Eurasia Director, Dr. Beata Martin-Rozumiłowicz. Ms. Tsikhanouskaya will provide opening remarks, along with other notable speakers such as European Parliament Vice-President Klára Dobrev, U.S. Congressman Bill Keating, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly Secretary General Roberto Montella, Central Election Commission of Georgia Chairperson Tamar Zhvania, international election expert and former European Parliament member Dr. Urszula Gacek and others.
Ms. Tsikhanouskaya's office has extended offers to take part to representatives of the current authorities, including Head of Presidential Administration Igor Sergeenko, Deputy Head of Administration Olga Chupris, and House of Representatives member Svetlana Lyubetskaya.
We invite representatives of political parties, public and state structures and organizations from Belarus and other countries to take part in the online conference and register using this link. It will be simultaneously interpreted into Belarusian, English and Russian. Read the program.
Individual participants will be able to watch a livestream of the conference online on IFES’ YouTube channel or on Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya's YouTube channel in Russian. Video recordings will be posted on the YouTube channel after the event in all three languages.