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The Leader of Europe's 'Last Dictatorship' Is Facing an Unprecedented Challenge. Here's What It Could Mean for Belarus

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Europe’s longest serving leader Alexander Lukashenko has long worked hard to seem invincible. He has dominated past elections that the U.S. has deemed neither free nor fair and brokered no dissent and suppressed protests. Now, he is facing an unprecedented challenge as he runs for a sixth term as president of Belarus in elections on August 9. A former teacher and political novice, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, has emerged as his main rival, pledging to topple Lukashenko’s regime and restore democracy.
Tens of thousands have rallied across Belarus in some of the country’s biggest opposition protests in a decade, amid mounting frustration over the government’s mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis, combined with grievances about the economy. Referring to Lukashenko, protestors chanted ‘stop the cockroach’ and held placards reading ‘change!’.
“For the first time in his 26-year rule, Lukashenko knows the majority don’t support him,” says Aleksandr Feduta, a former aide to the incumbent, who was i…

Three Prisoners Hanged Publicly in Iranian Town of Zabol

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Iran Human Rights, April 26, 2014: Three prisoners who were charged with the assassination of the prosecutor of Zabol in November 2013, were hanged publicly at the site of the assassination early this morning.

According to the state run Iranian news agency Fars, the prisoners were identified as Omid Piri, Iman Galavi, Alireza Dehmardeh.

The prisoners were sentenced by the Revolutionary Court on February 24, and their sentences were approved by the Supreme Court on April 7.

IHR strongly condemns today’s executions. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said: “These prisoners have been subjected to unfair trials and possibly torture, followed by public execution which is an inhumane and brutal punishment meant to spread fear in the society.”

Source: Iran Human Rights, April 26, 2014

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