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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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Competition limited in Belarus elections as many democratic rights not respected, international observers say

MINSK, 24 September 2012 – Many OSCE commitments on citizen’s democratic rights to associate, to stand as candidates and to express themselves freely were not respected in yesterday’s parliamentary elections in Belarus, concluded the international observers from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA).

The elections were not administered in an impartial manner and the complaints and appeals process did not guarantee effective remedy, the observers found.

“This election was not competitive from the start,” said Matteo Mecacci, Special Co-ordinator, who led the short-term OSCE observer mission...

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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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Statement of the US Department of State on the Parliament Elections in Belarus

September 24, 2012

 Washington, DC

” The September 23 parliamentary elections in Belarus fell short of international standards and their conduct cannot be considered free or fair. The preliminary assessment of the OSCE election observation mission found that the elections were “not competitive from the start.” The observer mission cited the limitation of choice for voters, the lack of impartiality on the part of the election commission, and the lack of proper counting procedures.

The United States urges the authorities to take steps to meet Belarus’s international commitments to hold genuinely democratic elections and to foster respect for human rights...

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PACE replies to the recommandation on the situation in Belarus

September 18, 2012

The situation in Belarus

Reply to Recommendation 1992 (2012) was adopted at the 1149th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies (September 12, 2012).

1. The Committee of Ministers informs the Parliamentary Assembly that the following reply was adopted by a majority as provided by Article 20 (d) of the Statute.

2. The Committee of Ministers has carefully examined Recommendation 1992 (2012) on “The situation in Belarus”, also in the light of Resolution 1857 (2012) of the Parliamentary Assembly.

3. The Committee of Ministers understands the Assembly’s concern regarding the deteriorating situation of human rights and political liberties in Belarus...

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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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Danish Foreign Minister called for the release of Ales Bialiatski

On August 14, 2012 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Willy Sogndal met with representatives of Belarusian human rights organizations – Valiantsin Stefanovich of HR Center “Viasna” and Oleg Gulak of “Belarusian Helsinki Committee” – and expressed his full support of their activities for a democratic Belarus. This was reported on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, reports “Viasna”.

In his conversation with human rights activists Willy Sogndal has outlined his position on Belarus.

“Events in Belarus are deeply troubling and confirm my opinion that Lukashenka’s regime has lost its legitimacy. I am full of admiration of the Belarusians, like those whom I’ve met today, those who have courage to fight for human rights and democracy under authoritarian rule...

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German MPs demand release of Ales Bialiatski

Marieluise Beck, Member of the German Bundestag, and Katrin Göring-Eckardt, Vice-President of the German Bundestag, made the following statement on August 4, 2012 :

“Ales Bialiatski and all other political prisoners in Belarus have to be released and rehabilitated immediately! Just because of the intention of dictator Lukashenka, Bialiatski has been imprisoned for one year now. The detention of the leader of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights was based on shady accusations, followed by a propaganda trial in disregard with the rule of law. The Lukashenka regime systematically tries to destroy the engagement for democracy and human rights in Belarus in this deceitful ways.

Facing the unbearable situation in Belarus and ...

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