London demands an end to repression in Belarus

Britain called on the Belarusian government to cooperate with OSCE experts who investigate the events on December 19 in Minsk.

This is stated in the press release of the British Embassy in Minsk:

"Great Britain and thirteen other member countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe urged Belarus to cooperate with the international mission of experts to gather evidence for the investigation of actions related to the suppression of the protests after the presidential election 2010 and the events that followed them, which caused serious concern.

This proposal was within the scheme of the OSCE, also known as the "Moscow Mechanism". It was approved by all members of the OSCE, including Russia, to stimulate the observance and respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the foundations of democracy and the rule of the rule of law through dialogue and cooperation ", — stated in a press release.

"According to the 14 countries participating in this process, the use of the Belarusian government's crackdown regarding opposition candidates, civil society representatives and journalists, mass arrests and sentences of protesters and journalists for the events of December 19, reports of torture, intimidation and coercion are very serious threat to the implementation of Belarus of its OSCE commitments. These commitments are defined in the historic Helsinki Act of 1975 and subsequent documents, and include an extensive effort to Human Rights, fundamental freedoms, democracy and the rule of the rule of law ", — the report says.

"The UK again calls on the Belarusian authorities to put an end to the shameful chain of events that accompanied the elections on December 19 and continues to this day. We urge the Government of Belarus to stop repressions against opposition candidates, electoral actors, journalists, lawyers, students and many others, "- the document says.

"The investigation and report are assumed to be expected in the" Moscow Mechanism ", designed to help Belarus meet these obligations. We call on Belarus to contribute to this initiative, which is being undertaken for the benefit of Belarus and its citizens, "- said the British Embassy.

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