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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

European Parliament’s Human Rights Resolutions On Belarus

Posted by Info on 16/09/2011

At its Plenary sessions Parliament called for the immediate and unconditional release of Belorussian human rights defender Ales Bialatski.

MEPs express deep concern at the deteriorating situation of human rights defenders in Belarus. They strongly condemn the recent arrest of and allegations against Ales Bialiatski, Chair of the “Viasna” Human Rights Centre and the Belarusian authorities’ failure to respect the fundamental rights of freedom of assembly and expression.

Given the “unprecedented crackdown on civil society in Belarus following the presidential elections in December 2010”, MEPs believe that the criminal case against Ales Bialiatski is politically motivated and intended to obstruct his legitimate work as a human rights defender. They call for Ales Bialiatski to be “immediately and unconditionally released from custody and for the investigation and all the charges against him to be dropped”.

Parliament also calls on the Council, the Commission and foreign policy High Representative Catherine Ashton to step up their pressure on the Belarusian authority.

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