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Ales Bialiatski’s first visit to Poland after release from jail

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“For the three years I spent in prison, I was struck by the fact that many non-political, cultural, linguistic and social initiatives appeared in Belarus. This proves that our civil society develops,” stated Mr. Bialiatski at a meeting in Warsaw. His visit to the Polish capital completes the tour of the Belarusian human rights activist across European countries.

Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” came to Warsau on invitation of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and Stefan Batory Foundation. The visit began on Wednesday, July 9, with a closed-door meeting with representatives of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, at which the human rights sector discussed the situation in Belarus. “It was a friendly meeting with representatives of the human rights organization...

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EU condamns arbitrary detentions of more than 30 civil society and political activists in Belarus

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Statement by the Spokesperson on the arbitrary detentions of more than 30 civil society and political activists in Belarus :

” We are concerned about the harassment, arbitrary arrest and detention of several dozens of representatives of civil society and opposition organisations in the run up to the World Ice Hockey Championship in Belarus. We condemn the use of administrative detention by the Belarusian authorities as an instrument aimed at creating pressure, fear and uncertainty among the young generation of people in Belarus.
We urge the authorities of Belarus to immediately stop these actions and to release all those unjustly detained, dropping all charges against them...
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Belarusian human rights activists: EU to make public the rules of exclusion from the list of visa banned

In late October, the EU amended the list of Belarusian officials subject to visa sanctions.

In its decision, the Council of Europe canceled sanctions inrespect of the assets of businessman  Vladimir Peftiev, close to the regime : OOO «Business Network», ZAO «Systems of investment and innovation», ChUP «Sen-Ko» ChUP «BT Invest» «Tehnosoyuzpribor».

In addition, the EU excluded the following people from the list of the «banned»: Alexander Dranitsa (military prosecutor), Anatoly Dudkin(transport prosecutor), Olga Komar (former judge of Frunzensky district of Minsk), Nicholay Kulik (former prosecutor), Nikolai Kupriyanov (former Deputy Attorney General), Vladimir Kurlovich (former chairman of Minsk oblast election commission), Leonid Luchina (former chairman of Grodno oblast election...

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EU sanctions against Belarus extended

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On 29 October 2013, the Council of the European Union made a following statement:

Following an annual review, the Council today extended EU restrictive measures against Belarus until 31 October 2014. This is because not all political prisoners have been released, no released prisoner has been rehabilitated, and the respect for human rights, the rule of law and democratic principles has not improved in Belarus.

The EU maintains its policy of critical engagement with Belarus, intended to promote respect for human rights, the rule of law and democratic principles in that country.

The annual review updated the list of those targeted with a travel ban and freeze of their assets within the EU. 232 persons and 25 entities remain subject to EU sanctions.

The legal acts have been adopted by written...

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Human Rights Defenders Discuss Violations of Human Rights in Belarus with Dutch Officials

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The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC) invited a delegation of Belarusian and Russian human rights defenders to raise issues regarding the systematic violation of human rights in Belarus with Dutch officials.

Over the course of the three-day visit, Valentin Stefanovich, Vice President of Human Rights Center “Viasna”, Zhanna Litvina, chairperson of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), and the Russian human rights defenders Olga Zakharova and Yuri Dzhibladze from the Committee on International Control over the Human Rights Situation in Belarus all visited the Hague and Amsterdam, where they held a series of meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Parliament and met with representatives of international a...

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Štefan Füle hopes to see Bialiatski in Brussels soon

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The European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy hopes that invitation of Makei to Brussels can bring positive results for political prisoners in Belarus.

He spoke about it to Radio Svaboda.

– What did you say to Belarusian foreign minister Uladzimir Makei? What did he say to you?

We talked before the meeting and we both agreed that his presence means or represents the stable ties with the Belarusian authorities. On the one hand, it means the implementation of the conditions set by all EU member states, but on the other hand it is using the Eastern Partnership’s proposals both in the multilateral and bilateral dimension.

– Is Makei the person you want to see as Belarus’s representative at the Vilnius Summit in November?

A decision depends on all EU member sta...

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MEPs Protasiewicz and Kaczmarek: release of all political prisoners is the condition sine qua non for unlocking EU-Belarus relations

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The Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has adopted its Recommendation on the EU’s policy towards Belarus reiterating the need for the unconditional release of all remaining political prisoners as a prerequisite for a gradual lifting of EU restrictive measures and for an upgrade of EU-Belarus relations.

The release of all political prisoners is a condition sine qua non for unlocking EU-Belarus relations. The human rights situation in Belarus remains, in general, very worrying therefore we, in the EPP Group, managed to streamline the principles of democracy, rule of law and human rights throughout the whole Report...

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EU policy towards Belarus doesn’t change, says MEP Saryusz-Wolski

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This was stated by MEP, member of the Delegation for Relations with Belarus and Vice-Chairman of the Eastern Partnership Parliamentary Assembly Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, commenting on yesterday’s decision by the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU.

«Individual and temporary suspension of the visa ban on Vladimir Makey is aimed at the preparation of the Eastern Partnership Summit and his participation in this, and therefore should be treated as a technical decision. It does not mean in any way a change in the EU’s policy of targeted sanctions. Such a shift would only be possible after making significant progress in respecting standards of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Belarus, including the release and full rehabilitation of political prisoners...

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EU welcomes UN Human Rights Council resolution on Belarus

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The European Union welcomes the resolution adopted today by the Human Rights Council in Geneva on the human rights situation in Belarus. The resolution was put forward by the European Union.

The human rights violations in Belarus are of a systemic and systematic nature. They include limitations on the rights to freedom of expression and opinion, peaceful assembly and association, as well as continuing harassment, intimidation and imprisonment of political opponents, human rights defenders, journalists and activists, as well as allegations of torture and ill treatment while in custody.

Belarus is also the only European country still applying the death penalty. The EU welcomes therefore that the resolution adopted today raises this matter specifically...

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Interview: EU Commissioner Füle on Belarus

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Speaking at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty headquarters in Prague on May 9, European Union enlargement chief Štefan Füle addressed a variety of issues related to the enlargement aspirations of the six Eastern Partnership countries and the nations of the Western Balkans. But he reserved his strongest rhetoric for the two countries that have traditionally been at opposite ends of the enlargement spectrum.

Füle said Belarus, which remains under EU sanctions following a flawed presidential vote in 2010 and a massive crackdown on opponents, has seen civil liberties strangled by autocratic leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

“In Belarus, it is not only political prisoners; it is the level of the democracy, the level of the rule of law in Belarus, it is the the absence of free and fair elections ...

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