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UN rights experts deplores human rights violations in Belarus, urges co-operation

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GENEVA (14 June 2013) – Miklos Haraszti, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, has urged the Belarus government to engage with his mandate to improve the country’s human rights situation.

Human rights are systematically restricted in Belarus through different measures: decrees, policies and practice,” said Mr. Haraszti, speaking after his mandate was renewed by the Human Rights Council for another year. “The fulfilment of human rights remains purposefully blocked by a governance system that is devoid of any checks and balances.”

Mr. Haraszti recalled that during his first mandate he had not been able to visit Belarus and talk to officials, having received no response to his requests from the government...

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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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