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EU welcomes release of Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski

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Statement by the European external action service Spokesperson on the release of Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski :

“We welcome the release of Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski. After almost three years of imprisonment on politically motivated grounds, he can now finally rejoin his family and friends.

This is an important step by the Belarusian authorities and should be followed without delay by the release of all the remaining political prisoners and the reinstatement of their full civil and political rights. This could contribute to improving relations between the European Union and Belarus.”

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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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Catherine Ashton strongly condemns latest execution in Belarus

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The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today on the latest execution in Belarus:

“The High Representative strongly condemns the execution of Pavel Selyun, who was sentenced to death in June 2013.

The High Representative is conscious of the serious nature of the crimes for which he was convicted. However, she does not believe that capital punishment can ever be justified. The European Union opposes capital punishment under all circumstances. The death penalty is considered to be a cruel and inhuman punishment, which fails to act as a deterrent and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity.

The High Representative urges Belarus, t...

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Catherine Ashton calls on Belarus to join global moratorium on the death penalty

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The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement on December 19:

The High Representative regrets the death sentence recently handed down to an individual by the Minsk Regional Court. She hopes that his right to appeal will be fully exercised.

She is conscious of the serious nature of the crimes for which he has been convicted. However, capital punishment can never be justified. The European Union opposes capital punishment under all circumstances. The death penalty is cruel and inhuman punishment, which fails to act as a deterrent and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity.

The High Representative urges Belarus, the only country in Eu...

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EU and Council of Europe urge Belarus to abolish death penalty

European Day against the Death Penalty

Strasbourg, 09.10.2013 – The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, and the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, have issued a joint declaration to mark the 7th European Day against the Death Penalty (10 October).

In the declaration, Secretary General Jagland and High Representative Ashton reiterate their strong opposition to the use of capital punishment, underling its inhumane and cruel nature and its failure to prevent crime.

Encouraged by the growing momentum towards worldwide abolition, they nevertheless state that the resumption of executions in different parts of the world and voices in favour of the death penalty – including in Europe – show the continuing need to spell out why it runs contrary to...

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Statement by spokespersons of Catherine Ashton and Štefan Füle on the adoption by UN Human Rights Council of a resolution on human rights in Belarus

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The spokespersons of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Commissioner Štefan Füle made today the following statement:

“”We welcome yesterday’s adoption by the Human Rights Council of a resolution on Belarus by a solid majority of the Council members. We note increasing support to this initiative and express our gratitude to all partners who worked on it with the European Union.

We also welcome the extension of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus Mr Miklós Haraszti, who will continue to report independently and in a balanced manner and provide recommendations to the Belarusian authorities on the hum an rights situation in the country. We urge the Belarusian authorities to cooperate fully with him.

We deeply regret that on the ...

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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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Statement by the Spokesperson of High Representative Catherine Ashton on a death sentence in Belarus

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The Spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, issued the following statement today:

“The High Representative regrets the death sentence recently handed down to an individual by the Mahilyow Regional Court. She hopes that his right to appeal will be fully exercised.

She is conscious of the serious nature of the crime for which this individual has been convicted. However, she does not believe that capital punishment can ever be justified. The European Union opposes capital punishment under all circumstances...

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Statement by the spokesperson of the High Representative Catherine Ashton on the situation in Belarus

Brussels, 28 June 2012

The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:

“High Representative Ashton is deeply concerned about numerous reports over the last weeks of acts of harassment of representatives of civil society, the opposition and independent media in Belarus, including the sentencing of Vasil Parfyankow to six months’ detention, and last week’s arrest of journalist Andrzej Poczobut for alleged libel against the President.

The High Representative is also concerned of recent legislative developments with draft bills that aim at increasing the repressive powers of the KGB and restricting independent monitoring of public opinion, at a moment...

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Joint statement by Catherine Ashton and Hillary Rodham Clinton on concerns about human rights in Belarus on the anniversary of the 19 December 2010 crackdown

Brussels, 18 December 2011

Joint statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on concerns about human rights in Belarus on the anniversary of the 19 December 2010 crackdown

Today we remember the one year anniversary of the start of the brutal crackdown by the Belarus Government on civil society, political opposition and independent media.

Over the past 12 months, the Belarusian authorities have imprisoned peaceful demonstrators, suppressed non-violent protests, and worked to silence independent voices.

There have also been credible reports of degrading and inhumane treatment of political prisoners...

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