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Paleckis: Belarus report discussion was emotional and fiery

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The report has been discussed at a meeting of the European Parliament Committee for Foreign Affairs in Brussels on May 29.

European Parliament’s rapporteur on Belarus Justas Paleckis expected an emotional discussion and it was fiery, the author of the report, he told to BelaPAN.

The report was based on Justas Paleckis’ March visit to Minsk and aroused a mixed response in Belarus. The MEP admitted that the statement ‘improvement of the human rights situation in Belarus’ was rather lame and would be revised.

The most important thing about today’s discussion in the European Parliament is the fact that they did not simply discuss bad news from Belarus, they discussed ways of solving the problem, Paleckis said.

Paleckis drew attention to the fact that his report did not urge to lift ...

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Valiantsin Stefanovich: no positive trend in implementing the EU conditions by Belarusian authorities

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Valiantsin Stefanovich, Deputy Head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, does not share the optimism of the European Parliament’s Rapporteur on Belarus Justas Paleckis, who argues that the human rights situation in the country has improved recently, said he in an interview to the Interfax-West news agency.

Intensive contacts have been underway since last December, but today is May and the Belarusian authorities have not demonstrated a positive trend in implementing the conditions of the EU, there is no change,” says the human rights defender.

Moreover, he noted that “Lukashenka clearly reiterates his stance on political prisoners: those who wished wrote a petition for pardon and were released. For him, this is a question of principle, and he does not agree to any compromise...

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European Parliamant will discuss Paleckis’ report on Belarus on May 29

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Recommendations by Justas Paleckis, the European Parliament’s rapporteur on Belarus, will be debated by the organization’s Foreign Affairs Committee on May 29.

In his draft report, the Lithuanian politician suggests that the European Union suspend the visa ban against key Belarusian officials. He insists that the human rights situation in Belarus improved in 2012.

As Mr. Paleckis told to BelaPAN, work is currently under way to translate his report into 23 European languages. “We will discuss the document in a week and then invite proposals for revising it,” he said. “In August, the Foreign Affairs Committee will give second reading to the report. In September, the European Parliament will discuss it during its plenary session.”

If there are major disagreements between different...

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