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Ales Bialiatski meets EU Commissioner Füle

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On July 2  Štefan FÜLE, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, met in Strasbourg with Ales BIALIATSKI, Belarussian political activist, head of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

After this meeting, the Europrean commission published a following statement :

EU-Belarus: Meeting with Ales Bialiatski in Strasbourg

Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met with prominent Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski in Strasbourg on July 2...

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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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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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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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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

Ashton Fule on Belarus

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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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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European Commission: reiterating our concerns about the situation of political prisoners in Belarus

Belarus: reiterating our concerns about the situation of political prisoners

Commissioner for enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met today representatives the Belarusian Human Rights Organisation VIASNA, Valiantsin Stefanovich, Vice-Chairman of Viasna, Zhanna Litvina, co-founder and chairwoman of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, Caroline Giraud and Alexandra Koulaeva of International Federation for Human Rights. After the meeting he said:

This was an important meeting that we had today talking about the situation in Belarus and relations we have with Belarus.

This meeting took place a couple of days after I had the privilege to meet some of you in Stockholm in the framework of the 4th Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum where we talked abo...

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Press statement following the meeting of Commissioner Füle with wives of Statkevich and Bialiatski

November 9, 2012

The conditions of imprisonment of political prisoners in Belarus and the European efforts to achieve their release and rehabilitation were the main topics of the meeting in Brussels on Wednesday between Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle with the wives of two of the political prisoners, Marina Adamovich and Natalia Pinchuk. Commissioner Füle underlined that the issue of the political prisoners is at the top of the EU agenda. “I fully understand the personal suffering of your husbands and your families,” he said. “I call once more on the Belarusian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release and rehabilitate all political prisoners...

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Commissioner Füle: Birthday wishes for imprisoned Belarusian human rights activist A. Bialiatski

Brussels, 25 September 2012

Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle has sent a message to one of Belarusian political prisoners, the human rights activist Ales Bialiatski who is celebrating his 50th birthday today.

“I am sorry to convey my birthday wishes to you to a place where you definitely do not belong,” Commissioner Füle wrote.

I am sending you the message of our continuing support for your cause. You have become a visible and powerful symbol of all the failures of the regime when it comes to respect of European values and human rights. There is nothing to justify the treatment you are facing. On every occasion we repeat our demand to the Belarusian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release and rehabilitate you,” reads the...

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Joint Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Stefan Füle on the parliamentary elections in Belarus

24 September 2012 – Brussels

Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission and Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, made the following statement:

“Yesterday’s parliamentary elections represent yet another missed opportunity to conduct elections in line with international standards in Belarus.

The EU has followed closely developments during the pre-electoral period and on election day. There were some improvements in the electoral process, such as an improved Electoral Code, but regrettably the elections took place against the background of an overall climate of repression and intimidation.

We note the ODIHR’s assessment that the elections were not administered...

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