Rapporteur on Belarus at PACE Sinikka Hurskainen in Minsk

Rapporteur on Belarus of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on political issues Sinikka Hurskainen came to Minsk to "gather information, meet with people and discuss what is happening in the country."

Hurskainen interested in the situation in Belarus on three issues:

  • human rights
  • democracy
  • the rule of law.

"I would like to know what has been done in Belarus after our last visit. I know that there is bad news regarding the issuance of new death sentences," — said Hurskainen.

The visit of the PACE rapporteur on Belarus last three days, BelaPAN.

Sinikka Hurskainen will hold a series of official meetings:

  • with the leadership of both chambers of the National Assembly
  • Justice Minister Viktor Golovanov
  • Prosecutor General Grigory Vasilevich
  • Deputy Foreign Minister Valery Voronetski
  • Information Minister Oleg Pralyaskouski
  • head of the working group of the Parliament on the death penalty by Nicholas Samoseiko.

Scheduled meetings with representatives of the opposition and NGOs.

At the end of April Sinikka Hurskainen submitted a draft resolution on Belarus, where called upon the Council of Europe to suspend high-level contacts, but to continue the dialogue with the authorities and civil society.

During the debate in the PACE, she noted that the process of rapprochement between Belarus and the Council of Europe, which began a few years, "Stopped again for many reasons."

Among these reasons Hurskainen called:

  • New cases of the death penalty
  • pressure on the independent media, civil society, opposition groups and the Polish minority.

In this case, the Finnish MP supported the continuation of the dialogue with the official Minsk. She stressed that it is impossible to return to a policy of isolation.

"We expect Belarus clear political signal from the highest level that the country is ready to cooperate with us and achieve tangible results," — said Hurskainen.

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