Stop the witch hunt in Belarus

This was the name of the Lithuanian parliament today passed a public hearing on the situation in Belarus. It was about the persecution of dissenters after December 19. The discussion was attended by the Lithuanian parliament, the Belarusian political opposition leaders, human rights activists, experts and social activists.
The hearing was opened by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Azubalis, who noted that "Belarus — the most difficult neighbor of the European Union."


"Lithuania has actively participated in the formation of the international position towards Belarus after the events in December. We are consistently coming out in favor of equal two different policies towards Belarus. First — actions aimed directly at those responsible for electoral fraud, for the use of force against civil society. second — the attitude to people of Belarus to the ordinary citizen, "- said Azubalis.

Policy in relation to the authorities and the people — different

Thus, Lithuania seeks to contribute to making it easier for Belarusians to visit EU countries — the minister — but, on the other hand, after the so-called policy of "restraint" off "all contacts with high leadership of Belarus and may not engage in any activities, that can be used by the Belarusian authorities for propaganda purposes. "

The Belarusian side at a hearing in a diet made chairman of the Belarusian Popular Front Yanukevich, Head of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Ales Bialiatski, the leader of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Dennis Sadowski, Chairman of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Jeanne Litvin, leader of the movement "For Freedom" Milinkevich, One of the leaders of the UCP Chigir, political scientist Valery Karbalevich.

During the hearing, the Belarusian opposition leaders and human rights activists talked about the situation in Belarus, in the Sejm opened a photo exhibition about the events of December 19.

S.Shushkevich: Lithuanian businessmen have not yet reached the level of German

At the same time today in the Lithuanian resort of Druskininkai began Belarusian-Lithuanian Economic Forum. Stanislav Shushkevich, invited to a hearing in the Diet, said:

"I appreciate it so: Lithuanian businessmen have not yet matured to the level that would have the German businessmen who said they would respect the status of dignity and not to deal with those who have blood on their hands, those who have soiled conscience on bullying over people. Businessmen and certain policy in Lithuania this is still not mature enough. Therefore, conducted this economic forum. Political aspect, which is illuminated in the parliament, more important, because if this had led Lithuania itself against the Soviet Union, Lithuania would was never free. "

The clarity of the position

In his speech during the public hearing BPF Yanukevich said he had no contact with the regime should not be a part of the West, until political prisoners are released. But the fact that at the same time with today's parliamentary hearing in Druskininkai began Belarusian-Lithuanian Economic Forum, the politician said, "a manifestation of inconsistency or attempt to play a double game."

It is important to share contacts and cooperation governmental business organizations, especially small and medium-sized, pointed Yanukevich:

"We have always called for the cooperation to be at the level of civil society, at the level of business contacts continued. Indeed strategically limiting contact business, especially at the level of small and medium-sized businesses will not do any harm to the regime, and at the same time will help isolate Belarus from European public, it would be very bad. Though we've heard before is quite contradictory statements by the current President of Lithuania, I think the messages that come from the Lithuanian government in recent months, evidence of the clarity of Lithuania's position. "

M.Adamenas: an attack on democracy in Belarus dangerous for Lithuania

On the eve of the hearing in the Sejm held a press conference of the Belarusian and Lithuanian members of parliament Mantas Adomenas, who noted that "the current crop of political life in Belarus could be dangerous for democracy in Lithuania", where, according to the deputy, not well aware of what is going on in Belarus.

Mantas Adomenas

"The old approach to Belarus, the efforts for supporting the ideals of freedom and democracy were not productive and not made properly measure for the safety of the people who carried the ideals of democracy in Belarus", — said Mantas Adomenas.

"The situation in Belarus has not improved in any way, on the contrary, it is stabilizing in the sense of deterioration. And no small part of the blame for this — in the western countries which endure and put up with the regime in connection with the pragmatic factors or purely and simply because they were trying to avoid further political problems "- said the deputy.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Azubalis meanwhile assured:

"The support of the Belarusian democratic community will remain a moral imperative policy in Lithuania. Lithuania as an open and democratic power is ready to continue to support Belarusian civil society initiatives aimed at the creation of a democratic society."

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