The government listened to the economic sanctions

The U.S. State Department released an annual report on the state of human rights in the world in 2010. The document submitted to the Washington Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The report noted that in Belarus there is a "serious violations." During the past year the Belarusian authorities continued to commit frequent and severe abuse of the political system, dominated by the president, and that has no restraint and balances. How to Respond to U.S. Department of State report in Belarus?

Andrei Savinykh

On the assessments on the situation of human rights in Belarus, which provides a U.S. State Department report, a spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Andrei Savinykh said:

"It is common knowledge that the materials are prepared for human rights in the United States, are highly biased and not objective. The United States is characterized by the manipulative use of human rights issues for political purposes. However, our experts carefully review this document. "


Listen to the official Minsk to conclusions that did the U.S. State Department? According to a member of the organizing committee of the party "Belarusian Movement" Ivashkevich, Belarusian authorities do not listen to the statements:

"The government listened to economic sanctions or the threat of administration. This is the only thing that listening power. Therefore, if after these evaluative statements are not applied action on economic pressure on the regime, there is nothing to push the government to change its policy. "

Sergei Kalyakin

The leader of the party "Fair World" Sergei Kalyakin noted that human rights are violated in Belarus every year, and there is nothing new:

"Politically, the fundamental rights are violated. All that we know exactly how it happens, and even more than it is in the State Department report. We can not say that there are changes for the better. Do not be surprised that no progress will not be the part of our government, because it is based on power, not democracy. It can keep its power only when there are no civil rights. "


The leader of the BPF Yanukevich called quite adequate assessment of the U.S. State Department on the situation of human rights in Belarus.

"Certainly, if there were no events of December 19 and after, perhaps, would be the best estimate. In fact, of course, was a little more room to operate compared with previous years. However, here are these crazy repression that followed the 19th, completely outweighed, and this is reflected in the document prepared by the State Department. "

Ales Bialiatski

Human rights activist Ales Bialiatski stated that he fully shared the findings of the American side:

"What happened on December 19, has no relation to the election, as there was no transparency, transparency, and there were mass human rights violations since Dec. 19, during the dispersal of the peaceful protest. It is also noted that the judicial system is not independent, that is what we are talking 15 years. Our courts are under the full control of the executive and, of course, expect some fair sentences for political case after December 19 is not necessary. We see that there are political convictions. "

Mr. Bialiatski notes that the report also noted discrimination against those who sought to use whiteRussian language:

"This is too important. This raises such ethical aspects related to the harassment of Belarusian culture, Belarusian language. The tradition of this pressure has a long history — from the time of the Tsarist Empire and the Soviet Union. But, unfortunately, she did not stop. "

According Bialiatski, you can still add that in Belarus last year were again carried the death penalty, and it is a violation of human rights.

In 1974, the U.S. Congress decided that the conduct of foreign and trade policy of the United States should take into account the situation of human rights and the rights of employees in the various countries. To do this every year since 1977, the State Department is preparing a special report. Its information is taken into account, for example, when making decisions about the provision of some or other states various forms of assistance.


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