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Joint Statement on the latest sentencing of journalists in Belarus

Brussels, 18 February 2021 - "We have been appalled to learn that two Belsat journalists have been sentenced today to two years in prison for reporting live from a rally commemorating Raman Bandarenka - a 31-year-old art teacher beaten to death on 11 November 2020 by plain- clothed masked men. Katsyaryna Andreyeva and Darya Chultsova have been found guilty of "organising public events aimed at disrupting civil order", a far-fetched charge that is commonly used by Belarus' politically-controlled courts to stifle dissenting voices. [...]

Joint Statement on the convening of the so-called All Belarusian People’s Assembly

Brussels, 11 February 2021 - "Six months have passed since the fraudulent presidential election in Belarus. Despite ruthless repression from the state security apparatus and politically controlled courts, Belarusian people continue to brave all dangers to demand that their political rights and fundamental freedoms be respected.
In this context, we put no stock in today's convening of the so-called All Belarusian People's Assembly announced by Aliaksandr Lukashenka. [...]

Joint Statement on the deteriorating human rights situation in Belarus

Brussels, 29 January 2021 - "Almost six months have passed since the fraudulent presidential election in Belarus. Despite the international community's repeated calls for dialogue, the regime's blind, ruthless repression against critical voices shows no sign of abating: we deplore a record-high 33,000 arbitrary arrests and detentions, including hundreds of political prisoners, as well as at least eight protests-related deaths so far. We are alarmed by the ramped-up crackdown on civil society, the new wave of criminal trials of peaceful protesters on far-fetched grounds and the incarceration of human rights activists who helped detainees pay their fines.
We are also deeply worried by the video recording, leaked by defectors from the state security apparatus, in which a Deputy Interior Minister of Belarus allegedly advocates the use of lethal weapons against peaceful protesters and mentions plans to build an internment camp with barbed wires for political dissidents. If the authenticity of said recording is established and if the Belarusian Interior Ministry intends to go down that abject road indeed, this would mark yet another milestone in the continued worsening of the human rights situation and the collapse of the rule of law in this country. [...]

Joint statement on the need to remove the ice hockey championship from Belarus

Brussels, 13 January 2021 - "We have been dismayed to see that René Fasel, President of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), who has just enjoyed a warm embrace with Aliaksandr Lukashenka in Minsk, remains committed to holding the world championships in Belarus, despite the regime's brutal and widespread crackdown on peaceful protesters.
This year's ice hockey world championship is due to take place from 21 May to 6 June. Given the unprecedented level of repression that has followed the fraudulent presidential election of 9 August 2020, leading to a record-high 33,000 arbitrary arrests and detentions, including hundreds of political prisoners, as well as at least eight protests-related deaths so far, and the regime's poor human rights record at large, we believe that it is simply inconceivable to hold this tournament - as well as any major international sportive events - in Belarus while its people are being deprived of their fundamental rights and freedoms. Therefore, we strongly call on the IIHF, its member national associations and other sports federations to take a firm stance and to bar Belarus from hosting and participating in such events. [...]

Statement by the Chair of the D-BY on this year's political upheavals in Belarus

Brussels, 17 December 2020 - "2020 has been a truly exceptional year in the Belarusian and the European history. It has been marked by a historic mobilisation of the Belarusian society and a women-led revolution that will undoubtedly lead to the downfall of Europe's last dictator. This is why it was so important to bestow the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought - the highest tribute paid by the European Union to human rights defenders - upon the democratic opposition in Belarus, acknowledging their efforts and determination. [...]

Joint Statement on the need for an inclusive political process in Belarus.

Brussels, 9 December 2020 - "Fours months have passed since the so-called presidential election in Belarus. The findings of the Rapporteur under the Moscow Mechanism of the human dimension of the OSCE, Professor Wolfgang Benedek, are unequivocal. First, this election fell short of all basic international standards and was not transparent, free or fair. Second, human rights abuses were found to be massive, systematic and proven beyond doubt.

In this context, our Delegation held today a meeting on the political situation in Belarus with Professor Katarzyna Wolczuk (University of Birmingham, Chatham House) and MP Kimmo Kiljunen, Rapporteur on Belarus for the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. [...]

Joint statement on the situation in Belarus 100 days after the fraudulent election

Brussels, 17 November 2020 - "One hundred days have passed since the so-called presidential election in Belarus -a fraudulent election held in flagrant violation of all international standards. Although his term of office expired on 5 November, Aliaksandr Lukashenka continues to usurp power, ignoring the calls of the international community and the people of Belarus. He shows no willingness to engage in a genuine, constructive dialogue with the country's political forces and civil society. Repression is not weakening: 25,000 peaceful protesters have been arrested so far, and brutality and torture remain widespread, as tragically illustrated by the death of 31-year-old Raman Bandarenka on 12 November and the despicable ransacking of the memorial erected in his memory. In addition, the Belarusian regime has launched the unsafe Astravyets NPP, posing an existential threat to all Europeans. [...]

Joint statement on the situation of women in Belarus

Brussels, 12 November 2020 - "Today, the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality has held a hearing on the situation of women in Belarus, in association with the Delegation for relations with Belarus.

Our guests Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Veranika Tsapkala have explained to us how Belarusian women have been playing a crucial role in the resistance to Aliaksandr Lukashenka's regime, despite all-out repression and harassment, giving us all a lesson of courage and hope. [...]

Joint statement on the so-called inauguration of Aliaksandr Lukashenka

Brussels, 23 September 2020 - "Belarusian media have reported that Aliaksandr Lukashenka had been sworn in today, during a secret and hasty ceremony, as President of Belarus for a sixth consecutive term.

By adopting a resolution on the situation in Belarus on 17 September, the European Parliament has expressed its unequivocal position on the consequences of the 9 August Presidential election. [...]

Joint statement on political crisis in Belarus & Russia's role in finding a solution

Brussels, 9 September 2020 - "The human rights situation in Belarus, which was already preoccupying, has taken a dramatic turn for the worse since the Presidential election of 9 August. Mr Alyaksandr Lukashenka has not conceded his electoral defeat, nor does he seem ready to relinquish power. Peaceful rallies of unprecedented proportions have flared up across the country to denounce fraud and demand change. Ignoring the calls of its own people and of the international community, Mr Lukashenka's crumbling regime is resorting to all-out repression and violence to quell popular discontent.[...]

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