EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

UN Calls On Belarus To Release Detained Journalists And Opposition Leaders

Posted by Info on 12/01/2011

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the release of journalists, opposition candidates and their supporters who continue to be detained in Belarus following recent presidential elections.
Mr. Ban noted the serious concerns voiced by observer groups regarding the electoral process and post-electoral developments and called on the Government to observe fully human rights and due process.

Last month UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay voiced deep concernat the violence that erupted after the election, including the abduction of opposition candidates, and called for the immediate release of those detained. Ms. Pillay also called on the Government of Belarus to ensure that human rights defenders, journalists and civil society organizations are free from any harassment.
“I urge all parties to refrain from violence and demonstrate full respect for human rights.”

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