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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004589/2018

The EU has used all possible occasions, including the EU-Belarus Coordination Group and the annual Human Rights Dialogue, to express its concerns related to the sentencing of the Trade Union leaders Gennady Fedynich and Igor Komlik.

The EU continues to pass strong messages to the Belarusian authorities on the need to respect fundamental rights, including the right to a fair trial. During the EU-Belarus Human Rights Dialogue (Minsk, 17 July 2018), these cases were also included in the annual list of individual cases circulated to the Belarusian authorities. In addition, the EU Delegation in Minsk, working closely with the embassies of the EU Member States, was closely monitoring the trial.

The EU is not aware of any attempts by the Belarusian authorities to put pressure on EU Member States' authorities or trade unions. The European External Action Service is in close contact with the relevant Danish and Swedish authorities.

The EU will continue to closely monitor the human rights situation in Belarus and stands ready to assist Belarus to meet its obligations towards democratisation and full respect for human rights.

Last updated: 8 November 2018Legal notice