Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Resolution On Belarus Calls For Release Of Political Prisoners

Posted by Info on 11/03/2011

MEPs call on the competent EU institutions and partner countries to consider the extension of restrictive measures to prosecutors, judges and KGB representatives associated with the abuse of human rights unless repression is brought to an end.

The resolution highlights the cases of Ales Mikhalevich, a former presidential candidate imprisoned after post-election protests and released only after signing a commitment to collaborate with the KGB.

MEPs condemn the disrespect for the fundamental rights of freedom of assembly and of expression by Belarusian authorities and call for the unconditional release of political prisoners.
They also strongly condemn the use of torture against political prisoners and describe this behaviour as inhuman treatment.
Furthermore, MEPs emphasise that ”without immediate steps towards democratisation and upholding human rights by the government of Belarus the process of engagement between the EU and Belarus will be put on hold” including Belarus’ participation in the Eastern Partnership.

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