Russian Presidential Council for the Promotion of Civil Society and Human Rights issued a statement on the situation in Belarus. It condemns the violation of human rights during the events of December 19 and thereafter. Council members concerned with "the silence of official Russia, which gives reason to the Belarusian authorities regard this as an endorsement of their illegal and violent actions." In a statement, the members of the Council call on the Russian authorities to assess the actions of the Belarusian authorities and to condemn the numerous violations of human rights.
A meeting of the Rada, her friend Alexei Simonov presented to the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev statement on the situation of human rights defenders in Belarus. Although says Member of the Board, Director of the Institute for Human Rights Michael Hefter, This question was not on the main agenda.
"The president said he had not read the text. But he understands our concerns. He again has its own questions to these events and what happened before and after the elections. He's not ready to formulate specific. But he believes that most of what he wanted to say, there is a reference to the people of Belarus in the past year. And he added that he is willing to consider our proposals, and prepared for the diplomatic channel to broadcast it to where the appeal is directed. As the opinion of his Council. "
According spaadara Hefter, the official Minsk should be clear that the question of human rights in Belarus "on the agenda on all sides, not only from the west, but also from the east." He also noted that during today's press kanferzhntsyi Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia "somewhat adjusted its position on the EU sanctions":
"We believe that the administrative and criminal repression that was after December 19, is not adequate to the real threat, which could be provided by the garmadyanav that are already or will be charged abvinavchanyya. We hope that this crisis will finally start abmyarkovvats and serious steps to mitigate the criminal law and the introduction of various human rights institutions in the country and at all by the fact which can be called the normalization of relations between the authorities and society. "
Member of the Board, the head of the Moscow Helsinki Group Ludmila Alexeeva, which also signed a statement on the situation in Belarus, said:
"I hope that this statement will make some influence on the actions of the Belarusian authorities. They pay little attention to the attitude towards them citizens of the country, a fortiori in Russia. But this is more a gesture of moral support to those who pursue power. This we understand and sympathize with and are willing to help with what we can. "
According to Lyudmila Alexeeva, not only Russian human rights activists are putting pressure on the official Minsk, which began to slowly release the arrested.
"I hope that the pressure will not relax as long as not all be released. Searches, vizhavanne, bullying and so on, unfortunately, this is the daily life of the Belarusian opposition and pravaarontsav who insist only on the fact that power makes its own laws. "
In a statement, Council members noted that the Russian authorities should immediately assess the illegal actions of the Belarusian authorities and to condemn the numerous violations of human rights. And also appeal to the Belarusian authorities with a request to find a legitimate possibility of release from the custody of the accused in the riots to facilitate the realization of their right to protection during the investigation of the events of December 19.