On May 12, the European Parliament will discuss the situation with human rights in Belarus

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As the press service of the European Parliament, the debate will be held during the session, which runs from 9 to 12 May in Strasbourg. Following the discussion, MEPs will adopt a resolution.

20 January the European Parliament adopted a resolution which condemned the harsh repression in Belarus on the day of the presidential election and called on the EU Council to conduct an independent investigation into the events under the auspices of the OSCE.

The European Parliament also called on the EU to immediately impose sanctions against Belarusian officials involved in the repression during the presidential campaign. Sanctions must act before the unconditional release of all political prisoners.

In parallel, the European Parliament called on the EU Council to facilitate the procedure for obtaining visas for Belarusian citizens, to increase support Civil Society and independent media.

MEPs also called for a boycott holding major sporting events in Belarus, in particular the World Hockey Championship in 2014.

March 10 was adopted Another European Parliament resolution condemning the use of torture against detainees criminal case the riots in Minsk on December 19.

MEPs condemned in the country of "an atmosphere of fear, repression and persecution Civil Society and Media "- searches in the offices and homes of journalists and NGO activists who have been expelled and dismissals for political reasons. European Parliament also called on the authorities to create the conditions for free expression and press freedom in Belarus.

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