PACE Rapporteur for Belarus intends to visit political prisoners in Minsk

PACE Political Affairs Committee today backed the intention of the Rapporteur for Belarus, Andres Herkel (Estonia, EPP/CD), to make a fact-finding visit to Minsk in the coming months in order to have the opportunity to meet not only with the authorities but also with political prisoners, including former Presidential candidates and Ales Bialiatski, President of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna”, following reports of physical and psychological ill treatment.

The rapporteur is committed to monitoring closely the proceedings against Mr Bialiatski and other opponents of the regime, and demands the release of all political prisoners in Belarus.

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