Sharan Burrow: Repression against the BKDP is accompanied by a campaign of disinformation in respect of its leaders
A year after Aleksandr Lukashenko announced his victory in the presidential elections, the repression of independent trade unions and other civil society organizations intensified.
The General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation Sharan Burrow commented on the situation in Belarus:
– The Belarusian authorities seem to be determined to suppress the legitimate activities of trade unions, despite the conclusions and recommendations of the International Labour Organization at its annual conference this year.
– The systematic repression against the BKDP is accompanied by a campaign of disinformation in respect of its leaders. Belarus under Lukashenko has a history of violations of international labor standards, including failure to comply with the main conclusions of the 2004 ILO Commission of Inquiry.
– Trade unionists are still imprisoned for exercising the right to strike, which is protected by international law, however, is suppressed by the Lukashenko’s administration. The governments of the countries need to increase pressure on official Minsk so that the latter respects international labour standards, including the right to strike, and ends the campaign of repression.