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Civic Mobilization in Belarus: The Case of the 2020 Election

Belarus is an authoritarian state in which elections are openly rigged and civil liberties are severely restricted. In 2020, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who maintains a firm grip over the military and security forces, cracked down on a massive prodemocracy protest movement, that was sparked by his reelection in a fraudulent presidential poll. Since then, security forces have violently assaulted and arbitrarily detained journalists and ordinary citizens who challenge the regime, whether by means of protesting, reporting on events, or posting opinions online. The judiciary and other institutions lack independence and provide no check on Lukashenka’s power.

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Freedom in the World — Belarus Country Report

Belarus is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2022, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide. 

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Freedom on the Net — Belarus Country Report

Belarus is rated Not Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.

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Nations in Transit — Belarus Country Report

Categorized as a Consolidated Authoritarian regime, Belarus receives a Democracy Percentage of 3 out of 100 in the Nations in Transit 2022 report.