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Vice-speaker of the Bundestag is going to support all political prisoners in Belarus


Vice-speaker of the Bundestag Katrin Göring-Eckardt, the representative of the Green Party, has congratulated the head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski on his birthday, which he celebrates today.

On the occasion of your release from prison in June, the godparenthood I have taken for as a prisoner in cooperation with “Libereco” and the German Parliament has come to a happy end. Nevertheless, I hereby assure my continuous support for your work as well as for all political prisoners in Belarus who are still waiting for their release.”- writes Katrin Göring-Eckardt with wishes human rights defender still have fortitude and never give up fighting for a better future for all Belarusian citizens.

Recall that the German-Swiss human rights organization Libereco – Part...

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European MP Marek Migalski not allowed to enter Belarus


Following the head of the Swedish human rights organization Östgruppen Martin Uggla, member of the European Parliament Marek Migalski wasn’t allowed to enter Belarus as well. 

At night on 12 May, he was stopped in Brest when passengers of the train from Warsaw were passing the border control.

Member of the European Parliament Marek Migalski is known for his strong statements concerning the situation with human rights in Belarus. He is a strong advocate of tough measures against the Belarusian regime. Migalski also campaigned for a boycott of the World Ice Hockey Championship in Belarus due to repressions against the opposition.

Marek Migalski and his colleagues were kept on the Belarusian border until the morning train to Poland.

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Foreign Minister Makey: There are no political prisoners in Belarus


There are no political prisoners in Belarus, Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey told reporters Friday in Vilnius on the sidelines of the Third Eastern Partnership Summit.

“Those called political prisoners are held in prison for specific criminal offenses,” Mr. Makey noted, adding that in other countries, they would probably have been given longer prison terms.

“The European Union’s sanctions against Belarus should be lifted or else there will be no progress in talks”, Mr. Makey said. “There should be a dialogue. All problems that exist in our relations with the EU should be solved in the process of dialogue.”

When asked whether the Belarusian authorities would release political prisoners in exchange for the abolition of the EU sanctions, Mr. Makey said: “This question should not be...

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Füle: Belarus-EU relations depend on political prisoners issue

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The European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy has commented on the prospects of EU development programmes in Belarus.

The prospects of EU-Belarus relations are great but they depend on the Belarusian authorities’ decision concerning political prisoners, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle told Euroradio at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius.

- You said that you believed in the programme Dialogue on Modernisation with Belarus a year ago. How do you assess relations with Belarus now and what prospects can you see?

Štefan Füle: The prospects are great. They only depend on the Belarusian authorities’ decision concerning political prisoners. The European Unions’ policy is absolutely clear...

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FIDH holds demonstration for human rights in front of EU institutions while Belarus Foreign Affairs Minister Makey is received in Brussels

Brussels – 22 July 2013

Today, on the occasion of Belarus Foreign Affairs Minister Vladimir Makey’s visit to Brussels, FIDH held a demonstration in Rond-Point Schuman, in the heart of the European (EU) district.

Demonstrators held portraits of 12 political prisoners currently behind bars and put up black and white balloons symbolising the Belarusian jails This is Mr. Makey’s first visit on the EU territory since the EU lifted temporarily his visa ban on 25 June 2013. Travel restrictions for Belarusian officials are part of EU’s restrictive measures against Belarus.

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FIDH reiterated that the human rights situation in Belarus remains catastrophic and that any political dialogue between the EU and Belarus must remain conditioned by the release of political prisoners and reinstatem...

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Human Rights Watch: EU should stand firm on human rights


Brussels, July 20, 2013 – The European Union should use its upcoming meeting with the Belarusian foreign minister to reinforce tough and principled human rights demands on the government, Human Rights Watch said today.

Foreign Minister Vladimir Makey will meet EU officials in Brussels on July 22, 2013.  This will be the first formal visit of a high-level Belarusian official to the EU headquarters since the crackdown by President Alexander Lukashenko’s government on the political opposition and civil society following presidential elections in December 2010.

“President Lukashenko pretended for two years that relations with the EU didn’t really matter to him, but he has suddenly changed course,” said Rachel Denber, deputy Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch...

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Human rights defenders on the report on EU policy on Belarus: EU parliament risks encouraging dictator


By Olga Zakharova and Yuri Dzhibladze, members of the Committee for International Control over the Human Rights Situation in Belarus

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MINSK – The report on EU policy on Belarus drafted by Lithuanian centre-left MEP Justas Paleckis is soon to be voted on by the foreign affairs committee in the European Parliament.

It is the first report of its kind and will be perceived as a position of the European Parliament concerning overall EU policy on Belarus.

It is clear the report has an important role to play, even if in procedural terms it does not directly influence decisions of the Council of the EU, the European Commission and the European External Action Service.

It will send a message to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka’s regime, to civil society and bus...

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Jacek Protasiewicz: European Union hopes for the release of political prisoners

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Vice-President of the European Parliament, Jacek Protasiewicz expressed confidence that now it is a time for the Belarusian officials to take steps necessary for the improvement of relations between the EU and Minsk. Above all, Belarusian authorities should free political prisoners. Minsk does not have time to spare to do that. Interviewed by, the politican told about the EU expectations.

- Has the position of the European Union on the existence of political prisoners in Belarus changed in recent years?

Jacek Protasiewicz: Absolutely not! We still demand from Minsk  release and rehabilitation of all political prisoners!

- How often the subject of political prisoners is broached in the European Union?

Jacek Protasiewicz: Lately this  topic has become very current...

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EU suspends visa ban on Belarusian Foreign Minister Makey

On Monday 24, the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union on Monday suspended the EU’s entry ban against Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Uladzimir Makey,  in order to facilitate diplomatic contacts between the EU and Belarus.

Nevertheless, Mr. Makey was not removed from a list of citizens of Belarus subject to asset freezes within the EU.

As Foreign Affairs Council says in its statement :

” In order to facilitate diplomatic contacts between the EU and Belarus, the Council today suspended the EU travel ban on Vladimir Makey, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr Makey will remain on the list of persons subject to EU restrictive measures, but the vis a ban will not be applied to him.
This decision does not reflect any change in the EU’s policy towards Belarus...
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European Parliament holds hearings on the situation with Human rights in Belarus

Belarusian Human Rights Defenders at European Parlament hearings

As part of a meeting of the European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights, on June 19 the European Parliament in Brussels held a discussion about the situation of human rights in Belarus and its draft recommendation regarding EU policy toward Belarus, which was prepared by Justas Paleckis.

Speakers included Elena Tonkacheva, head of the Legal Transformation Center, and Vladimir Labkovich, board member at the Viasna Human Rights Center.

Vladimir Labkovich characterized the situation with human rights as deteriorating and said that Belarus is experiencing an endemic and systematic crisis in this area. In his speech, he made special note of the situations with political prisoners, the mass media, and the judicial system, the ability to exercise civil and political rights, and also the deat...

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