Summary: S.Con.Res.153 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for S.Con.Res.153. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in Senate (10/19/2000)

Declares that: (1) the period preceding the elections held in Belarus on October 15, 2000, was plagued by continued human rights abuses and a climate of fear for which the regime of Aleksandr Lukashenko is responsible; (2) these elections were conducted in the absence of a democratic electoral law; (3) the Lukashenko regime purposely denied the democratic opposition access to state-controlled media; and (4) these elections were for seats in a parliament that lacks real constitutional power and democratic legitimacy.

Declares the support of Congress for the Belarus' democratic opposition and commends the efforts of the opposition to boycott these illegitimate parliamentary elections. Reaffirms recognition of the 13th Supreme Soviet as the sole and democratically and constitutionally legitimate legislative body of Belarus.

Expresses the sense of Congress that the President should call upon Lukashenko and his regime to: (1) provide a full accounting of the disappearances of specified individuals in that country; and (2) release specified individuals imprisoned in Belarus for their political views.