The deputies of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE from Italy, Poland, Lithuania and Germany gathered in Copenhagen to find a common approach to the promotion of human rights and the rule of law in Belarus, where the president's opponents remain in jail for taking part in demonstrations following the December elections.
"We call on the authorities in Minsk to release all political prisoners," — said Uta Zapf (Germany), Chairman of the Working Group of the OSCE PA. "The findings and the opposition's refusal to grant visas to international experts and human rights activists, Minsk has shown that he prefers isolation to democratic dialogue. We look forward to the authorities to change course."
The resolution offered Uthai Zapf for consideration at the next session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, aimed at "restoring dialogue" with Minsk of Belarus and calls:
- Liberate political prisoners, detained in connection with the December demonstrations,
- Allow Political Prisoners use the services of lawyers to give them the opportunity to meet with relatives and enjoy health care,
- Availability in Belarus independent experts appointed in accordance with the procedure for monitoring compliance with the Moscow Human Rights,
- Develop a media law in line with international commitments
The resolution will be presented to the session of the OSCE, which will begin in Belgrade on July 6.