Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

OSCE Office Evicted From Belarus “Forever”

Posted by Info on 18/02/2011

The decision to close the OSCE office in Minsk has been called “final” by the Belarusian authorities.

On December 31 2010 a representative of Belarus at international organizations in Vienna, Alyaksandr Sychou (Sychev) informed members of the OSCE standing committee about the decision of Belarus to close the OSCE office in Minsk.
The Belarusian side explained its actions by “the absence of objective grounds for the operation of the OSCE mission in Belarus.”</strong>

Countries of the West called upon the Belarusian authorities to reconsider the decision of closing the OSCE office. “The mandate of the mission is not completed, as the OSCE’s critical assessment of the presidential elections indicates. The elections and their aftermath – particularly the continuing detention of presidential candidates and new detentions and raids targeting the media – represent a step backwards in the development of democratic governance in Belarus.”

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