Time for new ideas
Democratic forces are under pressure from Burma to Belarus, the prestigious daily warns. He notes that the despots have learned how to bind civil society, imprison journalists, lawyers, clergy, bloggers, oppositionists and anyone who rejects their government.
“Biden has the opportunity to come up with new ideas on how to better protect freedom“The Washington server continues. He believes that sanctions against individual countries and individuals have their place, many of them on the American side are based on the so-called Magnitsky Act and target the biggest human rights violators who deserve to be punished.
Last Thursday, the Biden administration imposed a new visa restriction on 43 Belarusian officials involved in undermining democracy, joining a previous list of 66 people in Belarus, the US daily said. He warns that sanctions are a blunt and slow tool.
“Many tyrants and their minions can live without Disney World“He states that the United States and other democracies need more effective tools of coercion. According to the renowned daily, they would be more effective in helping crowds of brave people to take to the streets and stand up to authoritarian regimes.”
In Belarus, people are demonstrating against President Alexander Lukashenko, who rigged last August’s election, the Washington Post said. He adds that last week the regime launched a wave of arrests of journalists and human rights activists, and last Thursday a Belarusian court sent a pair of journalists behind bars for two years, carrying out their work and filming protests against Lukashenko.
In Burma, there is a mass campaign of civil disobedience against the military coup, outlines the American daily. He points out that brave young people are also demonstrating in Russia, against the arbitrary imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
The Washington server acknowledges that Biden spoke vigorously and openly about the situation in Burma, which supported the protesters there. “But a new strategy is needed to defend democracy, “adds the prestigious daily.
The weakness of many authoritarian regimes is the theft of resources from a handful of privileged ones, as the aforementioned Navalny and the Bellingcat investigative group show brilliantly, the editorial recalls. He recommends that democracies build on their pioneering work with YouTube and other technologies – satellite imagery, phone records, movement data and social networks – and expose theft and lies.
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Democracies could also equip afflicted citizens of undemocratic countries with strong and strong communication channels denied to them by dictators there, the Washington Post suggests. For example, he cites the important role that the Telegram application plays in Belarus, or satellite imagery of concentration camps for the Uyghurs in China, or drone footage of the monstrous palace of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Black Sea coast.
Another innovation is the approach of human rights NGOs, which in Burma, Belarus and Russia count arrested and imprisoned online, exposing the brutal and arbitrary use of police force, the prestigious daily reports. It also recommends tightening laws in democratic countries to prevent dictators from hiding and legalizing dubiously acquired property abroad.
“Defending democracy is a long-term project, “the influential server warns. It declares that the time has come for the United States and other democracies to come up with new ideas and adopt a broader strategy that will start a confrontation with tyrants in the area where it operates.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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