The Company's April 12 meeting in Strasbourg on the political committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will hold hearings on the situation in Belarus.
With keynote speak at a meeting of the PACE rapporteur on Belarus Sinikka Hurskainen (Finland). In order to participate in the discussion invited the OSCE experts. Also planned performances of the Belarusian human rights defenders Ales Bialiatski and Helena Tonkacheva, and the recently deported from Belarus Head of the International Observation Mission of the Committee on International Control over the human rights situation in the country Andrew Yuryevo.
At a meeting in Strasbourg arrive by family members after the events of December 19. Ales Bialiatski outlined the main themes:
"The basic question — is, of course, the situation of political prisoners and the fact that we happened on December 19 and after December 19. Generally, around the trials. Topics will rise raids on journalists and human rights defenders. Naturally, on Pochobut we say in this context. "
At the January session of the PACE decided to freeze contacts with the official Minsk as a result of the December 19 events in Belarus. And Assembly decided to continue not to restore special guest status for the Belarusian Parliament, which has frozen after the 1996 referendum. The only person who has the right to communicate with Belarus on behalf of PACE — spetsdakladchytsa Sinikka Hurskainen. Why PACE is returning to the situation in Belarus, says human rights activist Elena Tonkacheva:
"It's been some time since December 19, and have the opportunity to look at
situation in the complex, as it has evolved over months. Already the first results of vessels. The accumulated volume of work and understanding justViva the human rights situation of this time. So it's time to figure out what's next? In those trials, we've admanitoryli we do not see what was proven that the riots. We do not see that this fact has been investigated by the courts. The sentences are extremely stringent. "
Today in Luxembourg at the Council of Foreign Ministers of the European Union, which will be chaired by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, will also debate on the situation in Belarus. Portal Delfi, which refers to the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry prepared the document, said that the meeting will discuss the issue on economic sanctions against Belarus. Ales Bialiatski notes that international institutions interested in various aspects of the Belarusian issue and try to do something about it.
"Naturally, the Council of Europe does not have any levers of economic power, political leverage is also limited. But on the other hand, it is very important for the image of power. So everything is connected. And usually, the EU pays much attention to the evaluation, which gives The Council of Europe is in the field of human rights. "