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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.[...]

Joint Statement on the Presidential election held on 9 August in Belarus

Brussels, 10 August 2020 - "The Central Election Commission announced that
Mr Alyaksandr Lukashenka has been allegedly "re-elected" yesterday as President of Belarus for a 6th consecutive term.

The European Parliament was not invited to observe this election; neither was
the OSCE/ODIHR, much to our dismay. At any rate, many signs point to massive electoral fraud so that we cannot consider this election as legitimate.

Joint Statement on the continued worsening of the election environment in Belarus

Brussels, 19 June 2020 - "We are alarmed by the deteriorating election environment in the run-up to the 9 August presidential election and condemn renewed arrests and harassment of presidential candidates, as well as their supporters, peaceful demonstrators and civil society activists.

We are profoundly disturbed by the arrest, by order of President Lukashenka, of presidential candidate Viktar Babaryka and his son Eduard, who heads his nomination group. We have also been appalled by the anonymous threats made against presidential candidate Svietlana Cichanouskaja and her children; by the intimidation and violence targeting the family and associates of detained video blogger Siarhiej Cichanouski; by the continued harassment of opposition figures, including Mikalai Statkevich and Pavel Severynets; as well as by large-scale arrests of participants of peaceful and legal signature collection campaign events across the country.

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.

Joint Statement on the crackdown on opposition & civil society activists in Belarus

Brussels, 27 May 2020 - "As the date of the Presidential election in Belarus -9 August- is coming near, the campaign season has seemingly started off with a nationwide crackdown on peaceful protesters and civil society activists. For example, dozens have been arrested across the country while they were attending meetings of video blogger Siarhiej Cichanouski or protesting his recent detention.

Statement on the EP consent to the EU-BY visa facilitation & readmission agreements

Brussels, 13 May 2020 - "During today's plenary session, the Members of the European Parliament overwhelmingly endorsed the visa facilitation and readmission agreements which the EU and Belarus had signed on 8 January.

While Belarus has already completed the ratification process, the European Parliament's formal consent opens the way for the Council to conclude their ratification, which we hope will proceed smoothly and successfully.

Joint Statement of 2 April 2020 on the detention of journalist S. Satsuk in Belarus

Brussels, 2 April 2020 - "We were alarmed to hear that Mr Siarhei Satsuk, a prominent investigative journalist and editor-in-chief of the Yezhednevnik online publication, has been arrested on 25 March and is facing criminal prosecution on dubious bribery charges -an offence punishable by a prison term in the range of three to ten years under the Criminal Code of Belarus. Officers of the State Control Committee's Department for Financial Investigations have also searched the office of Yezhednevnik, questioned its staff and seized documents.

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