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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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Mandate of UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus extended for one year

The United Nations Human Rights Council has extended the mandate of Miklos Haraszti for one year.

Members of the UN Human Rights Council voted today in Geneva on extending or ending the mandate of UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on Belarus Miklos Haraszti.

Delegations of 26 countries voted in favour of extending Miklos Haraszti’s report, 3 countries (India, Kazakhstan and Venezuela) voted against and 18 abstained. Under the rules, such decisions are taken by a simple majority vote.

In the resolution (A/HRC/23/L...

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Viasna and FIDH at UN Human Rights Council: statement by Valentin Stefanovich

stefanovich at UNHRC23

Today, at the 23rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus Miklos Haraszti presented his report on the situation in the country.

International human rights organizations and Valentin Stefanovich, Deputy Chair of the Human Right Center Viasna, were invited to participate after the UN member states had a chance to exchange their views.

Find the full version of the presentation made by the Belarusian human rights defender who spoke on behalf of the HRC Viasna, an FIDH member organization in the country :

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Report on human rights in Belarus presented at UN Human rights Council

HRC23-presentation UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus

Today, UN Special Rapporteur Miklós Haraszti has presented his report on the human rights situation in Belarus at the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The presentation of the report, which was published in March, took almost ten minutes. Special Rapporteur Miklós Haraszti listed the main points of the report and noted that he had not been able to visit Belarus because the government there refused to issue him an entry visa.

In his report, UN Special Rapporteur noted that the situation with political prisoners is especially grave: “When taken together with information we have received about psychological and physical pressure on prisoners, detention conditions in prison facilities can be qualified as substandard and even as torture.”

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