Brand new situation in Belarus

EU welcomes release S.Parsyukevicha and A. Kim

The release of all political prisoners Commissioner for external relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner Named "sign encouraging."

David Merkel met with opposition favorites

August 22 David Merkel is scheduled to meet with the chairman of the BPF Party Lavon Barshcheuski, head of the Party of Communists of Belarus — Sergei Kalyakin and UCP — Anatoly Lebedko, with former presidential candidate Alexander Milinkevich and Alexander Kozulin, Lebedko said.
U.S. State Department representative flying to Minsk
"The release of these people, along with others gives us hope for the future positive steps, offers real abilities significant improvement in relations between the U.S. and Belarus", — said in a statement by press secretary Robert Wood Dyarzhepartamentu U.S..
August 20 of the bullpen last released are political prisoners — Sergei Parsyukevich and Andrew Kim. EU countries and the United States welcomed their release.
Representatives of the opposition they say that liberalization conditional and that it is done in order to bargain for a cheap RF energoelementy. They also draw attention to the fact that the authorities have complied with only one of the requirements of the EU and the U.S..
November 21, 2006, EU Commissioner for external relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner announced a document outlining the qualities that the EU could give Belarus, provided the mill on the path of democratization and respect for human rights and the rule of law. The document is based on the proposals of the EU Council, the European Commission, as the ambassadors of the EU in Belarus and is the latest strategy, which includes the main areas of cooperation between the EU and Belarus.
That the EU offers Belarus newest strategies?
First simplify the visa regime between the EU and Belarus;
Second expand the cross-border cooperation, which promotes greater engagement in economic development, environmental protection;
Third increment financial assistance;
Fourth assist in the implementation of reforms;
Fifth to make better health and education;
Second assist of judicial reforms to ensure equal rights for all;
Seventh state to do better environment: improving the properties of water, recycling of emissions
Eighth support applets consequences of the Chernobyl disaster.
That such cooperation within the European Neighbourhood Policy began Belarusian authorities must fulfill a number of requirements:
First respect the people’s right to elect their own favorites Belarus democratic way — their right to hear all views and create all election candidates, the right of opposition candidates and support groups to campaign without pressure, prosecution or imprisonment, is independent election observation, including by the Belarusian non-governmental organizations, the right of expression and the right to conscientious vote count;
Second respect the right of the people of Belarus to independent information, freedom of expression, allowing journalists to work without harassment or pripirany without closing newspapers and preventing their distribution;
3rd respect the rights of public organizations as important fundamental part of a healthy democracy — do not complicate their legal existence, harassing and perasledvayuchy members of public organizations, allowing them to receive international assistance;
Fourth release all political prisoners — members of the democratic opposition parties and NGOs of ordinary people who were arrested during peaceful demonstrations and rallies;
5th appropriately spent is independent investigation or review the cases of missing persons;
Second to ensure the right of the people of Belarus to independent and impartial judicial system — with referees, independent of political pressure, without arbitrariness and unfounded criminal prosecution or politically targeted solutions as the conclusion to jail people who peacefully express their eyes;
Seventh end arbitrary arrests and detention, appeal bad people;
Eighth respect the rights and liberties of the people of Belarus, belonging to national minorities;
Ninth respect the rights of the people of Belarus — their right to join trade unions and the right of unions to act in defense of human rights;
Tenth respect the rights of the people of Belarus to produce entrepreneurial activities without undue interference by the authorities;
Eleventh to join the abolition of the death penalty right after the other peoples of Europe;
Twelfth used the support of the OSCE, the EU and other organizations offer to Belarus to help people perform their own rights.

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