Joint Statement on the new wave of arrests in Belarus

Brussels, 1 June 2020 - "We are deeply concerned about the continued failure of the Belarusian authorities to improve the election environment and their manifest lack of intention to create conditions for a genuine level-playing field between the candidates.

Less than a week ago, we already voiced our concerns in an official statement, deploring the crackdown on peaceful protesters and civil society activists. Regrettably, in recent days we have been witnessing a substantial deterioration of the situation.