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Ales Bialiatski met European Parliament President

Martin SCHULZ - EP President, Ales BIALIATSK, Belarus Human Rights defender

Belarusian human rights activist, head of the Center “Viasna” and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights Ales Bialiatski and European Parliament President Martin Schulz exchanged information on the situation in Belarus.

My signal to Mr. Schultz was to continue the efforts they have made for all these years, since December of 2010, for the release of political prisoners. It is also necessary that they continue to demand complex changes related to human rights and the state of democracy in Belarus,” Ales Bialiatski commented to RFE/RL after the meeting.

Mr. Schultz is aware of what is happening with us...

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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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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 Palitviazni.info, 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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Statement by Filip Kaczmarek on the eviction of the “Viasna” Human Rights Centre from its Minsk office

November 29, 2012

Filip Kaczmarek, Chair of the EP Delegation for relations with Belarus, made a following statement on the eviction of the “Viasna” Human Rights Centre from its Minsk office: 

” On behalf of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with Belarus, I strongly condemn the eviction by the Belarusian authorities of the “Viasna” Human Rights Centre from its Minsk office on Monday 26 November 2012.

According to reports, the authorities closed down the office of Viasna in Minsk on Monday morning and sealed off its doors, further to a warning letter sent some days earlier. This action constitutes an unacceptable violation by Belarusian authorities of the fundamental rights of freedom of association and freedom of expression.

This event also constitutes a new attack against...

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EP resolution on the situation in Belarus after the parliamentary elections of 23 September 2012

October 26, 2012

Elections in Belarus

European Parliament resolution on the situation in Belarus after the parliamentary elections of 23 September 2012

(2012/2815(RSP))

The European Parliament,

- having regard to its previous resolutions on Belarus, in particular those of 5 July 2012(1), 29 March 2012(2), 16 February 2012(3), 15 September 2011(4), 12 May 2011(5), 10 March 2011(6), 20 January 2011(7), 10 March 2010(8) and 17 December 2009 (9) ,

– having regard to the statements of 24 September 2012 by President Schulz, of 24 September 2012 by Vice-President Protasiewicz, Mr Brok and Mr Kaczmarek, of 25 September 2012 by Mr Vigenin and of 26 September 2012 by the Delegation for relations with Belarus, all on the parliamentary elections in...

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Schulz on Belarus elections: mockery of democratic ballot

September 24, 2012 – Brussels

European Parliament President Martin Schulz made the following statement following parliamentary elections in Belarus:

“I deeply regret that parliamentary elections in Belarus have yet again failed to meet international standards of fair and transparent polls.

With opposition leaders remaining imprisoned, with some opposition candidates denied registration, with the people’s voice silenced, it was a mockery of a democratic ballot.

Elections were marred by limitations on access to media, obstacles for the international observers to monitor the vote count and reports about pressure on different groups of voters.

Belarus continues on a non-democratic path, depriving its citizens of civic rights and from reaping the benefits of closer engagement with the European...

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Brok, Protasiewicz, Kaczmarek : Belarus elections have fallen short of democratic standards.

September 24, 2012

Commenting on the elections in Belarus, Elmar Brok MEP, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, Jacek Protasiewicz MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament, and Filip Kaczmarek MEP, Chairman of the Delegation for Relations with Belarus, said:

“We regret that the conduct of parliamentary elections in Belarus has again fallen short of democratic standards. Despite some minor improvements in the elections’ legal framework, leading, for example, to an increase in the number of candidates put forward by political parties, the Belarusian authorities failed to use this chance to conduct fair and transparent elections...

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Belarus elections: No choice, no credibility

PRESS RELEASE – 24 September 2012

Commenting on yesterday‘s parliamentary elections in Belarus, Green foreign affairs spokesperson Werner Schulz (MEP Germany) stated:

“It is impossible to describe yesterday’s sham as an election. There was no risk of Belarusian citizens having an actual choice and as such it lacks any credibility. Unattended ballot boxes, voting under surveillance, vote counts without supervision and the exclusion of nearly 99% of all the opposition candidates from election committees assured calm and smooth procedures.

Not only does Lukashenko mock and undermine the opposition, he also derides all calls for more democracy by the West. Since the fundamentally flawed presidential elections in 2010, Lukashenko has responded to any criticism with repressions and violence...

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EP’s Schulz concerned over Belarus, calls for change

September 10, 2012

Opening a session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, its President Martin Schulz made the following statement on the situation in Belarus ahead of parliamentary elections on September 23.

“We observe with great concern the continued abuse of human rights, the rule of law and democratic values in Belarus.

I am deeply worried by recent events in the country, notably the travel ban on some opposition leaders and human rights defenders, laws that expand the powers of the KGB and the recent expulsion of the Swedish ambassador.

We call on President Lukashenko for political change and reforms.

The first step must be the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners and their full rehabilitation.

The continued detention of Ales Bialiatski, Mikalai Statke...

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European Parliament Vice-President’s letter to Ales Bialiatski

Dear Ales Bialiatski,

I write to you in my capacity as Vice-President of the European Parliament for Democracy & Human Rights, and as a deeply concerned individual.

I have become aware of your situation due to the international outcry at your arrest, sentence and imprisonment on charges of tax evasion. Being familiar with your extensive work in the field of human rights, I join the international community in rejecting these allegations, and in calling for your immediate release.

Having worked in the field of human rights since my election to the European Parliament in 1984, I have met many brave and inspiring individuals fighting for fundamental rights and freedoms...

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