Belarusian Ice Hockey Association President and member of the Executive Board of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus, Dzmitry Baskau, has been accused of several human rights violations related to political repression in Belarus. He is reported to have directly participated in actions and policies that undermine democratic processes and institutions in the country. Baskov has been described as a personal coach to Nikolai Lukashenka, the son of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka. He has also been accused of pressuring staff members and athletes who do not support the regime, and threatening them with dismissal.
Baskau's actions have been condemned by the International Ice Hockey Federation, which has disqualified him from any ice hockey activity for five years due to his alleged involvement in the murder of a Belarusian citizen, Raman Bandarenka. The Federation's Disciplinary Board initiated a proceeding to determine whether Baskau's conduct brought the sport into disrepute. Baskau has been placed under sanctions by several countries and international sports organizations, including the Republic of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the International Olympic Committee, and the International Ice Hockey Federation.
The allegations against Baskau represent a serious violation of fundamental human rights, including the right to life and the right to freedom of opinion. It is important that actions are taken to hold him accountable for his actions, and to prevent others from engaging in similar conduct that undermines democratic processes and institutions. The international community has a responsibility to speak out against such violations and to support efforts to promote respect for human rights and democratic values around the world.