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Thursday, 5 July 2012 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Freedom of expression in Belarus, in particular, the case of Andrzej Poczobut (debate)

  Kristiina Ojuland (ALDE), in writing. – The case of Andrzej Poczobut is an example of systematic harassment of journalists and pro-democracy activists in Belarus. Many similar cases have been referred to in our resolution. The EU has taken decisive action against Lukashenko’s regime by applying targeted sanctions and he cannot expect any concessions in relations with the European Union unless the regime loosens the grip around free media, minorities and human rights defenders. We call on the Council to consider expanding the blacklist of Belarusians, as there appear to be more people responsible for human rights violations linked to Lukashenko’s regime. To help along the democratisation of Belarus, we should now also reinforce our commitment to assist civil society in their struggle, that there should be more brave people like Andrzej Poczobut. Lukashenko cannot possibly arrest the whole country.

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