Sinikka Hurskainen to inspect the PACE in Minsk

In Minsk, Belarus is a reporter on the Political Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Sinikka Hurskainen. In Belarus, Ms. Hurskainen will hold three days. And it came to Minsk to "gather information, meet with people and discuss what is happening in the country."

At the Mrs. Hurskainen, her interested in the situation in Belarus on three issues: human rights, democracy and 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," — she said. Last Mrs. Hurskainen was in Belarus in February, along with the previous PACE Rapporteur on Belarus Andrea Rigoni.

In the first day of the visit, Ms. Hurskainen met with parliamentarians: Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Viktor Guminskaya and Chairman of the Board of Anatoly Rubinov. Anatoly Rubinov, in particular, said: "We think that Belarus should be rightfully and fully represented in the European structures."

Political scientist Alexander Klaskouski, that the statements of both parties, opined:

"This is a case where the parties exchange, I would say, ritual phrases, because the positions are well known. Course, on the one hand, it is an anomaly that Belarus is still not present in the structures of the Council of Europe. On the other hand, has long been known that at least, is less impossible. Actually, today is just a matter of a moratorium on the death penalty. But as for the Belarusian authorities and a political capital that is necessary to trade in the long run, probably, that this "candy" for Europe will be delayed for post-election period in order to facilitate the legitimation of the campaign. "

Sinikka Hurskainen hold in Minsk number of official meetings: with the Minister of Justice Viktor Golovanov, Prosecutor General Grigory Vasilevich, head of the working group of the Parliament on the death penalty Nicholas Samoseiko, Deputy Foreign Minister Valery Voronetski, the Minister of Information Oleg Pralyaskouski.

According to the analyst Ales Lahviniec, overly optimistic forecasts, the Belarusian authorities do not:

"Today, the situation is frozen, it is something even a stalemate. We know that Belarus has not responded to one of the most important conditions from the point of view of the Council of Europe — is the introduction of a moratorium on the death penalty. In the summer of Political Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe decided to reduce the relationship. And it is unlikely that there will be some positive changes before the end of the political campaign of the presidential election. What's next — again, this will depend on the willingness and the political will of the authorities to take at least some steps in the direction of approaching the standards of the Council of Europe. "

Aug. 24 at 16 am in the conference hall of the hotel "Crowne Plaza" will meet Mrs. Hurskainen with leaders of political parties and representatives of public associations. Opposition members are preparing for this meeting overall message. Now the project document approved by the leaders of parties and movements.


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