EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

European Parliament Set to Condemn Belarus Crackdown

Posted by Info on 19/01/2011

The European Parliament is discussing a draft resolution on Belarus that will condemn the crackdown following last month’s presidential election and call for a repeat of the disputed vote.
The text will be put to the full parliament for a vote on January 20 in Strasbourg.

The drafts condemn the crackdown on opposition candidates and protesters when police used force to break up demonstrations following the December 19 vote that returned President Alyaksandr Lukashenka to power.

The texts also call for a free and fair repeat of the election, which was criticized as flawed by international observers and western governments.

The drafts also urge more support for civil society in the country and back moves to provide more scholarships to the European Humanities University (EHU), based in Vilnius, for Belarusian students who were suspended from universities after taking part in protests.

There are also calls for a reopening of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) office in Minsk that was shut down by Belarusian authorities.

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