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PACE Adopted a Tough Report On the Situation in Belarus

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PACE Adopted a Tough Report On the Situation in Belarus
Photo: Council of Europe / Candice Imbert

The international community was called upon to do everything so that the supporters of the regime did not go unpunished.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe at its April 21 meeting considered and approved a tough report on the situation in Belarus, a member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, MP of the European Solidarity faction Oleksiy Honcharenko told Charter97.org. It is called “Violations of human rights in Belarus require an international investigation.” The author of the report is French MP Alexandra Louis.

As Oleksiy Honcharenko said, his corrections were involved in the report, which offers several effective ways to solve the problem in the situation in Belarus:

The decision to create based on the Council of Europe a permanent body that will monitor the situation in Belarus, primarily in the field of human rights protection. Back in January, during the PACE winter session, Honcharenko made such a proposal to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Heiko Maas and Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić with this proposal. Then they supported his initiative.

Conducting new democratic elections in Belarus this year.

Another important amendment is that economic, financial, and political cooperation with Belarus should depend on the immediate release of all political prisoners and the end of repression.

The report also directly states that the regime of Aliaksandr Lukashenka is trying to retain power by force, despite the obvious rejection of his rule by a significant part of the population of Belarus. Lukashenka continues to violate human rights in the country and is not going to solve the problems that have arisen democratically. Among the most serious violations identified in the report are:

- violation of the right to free elections of the entire Belarusian people,

- violation of freedom of speech;

- violation of the right to a fair trial;

- violations associated with torture and inhuman treatment that humiliates honor and dignity.

Among other things, the report says that the most important priority of the Council of Europe should be the release of all political prisoners in Belarus.

The report also notes that the introduction of the Belarusian “Magnitsky list” should be an effective method to combat the Lukashenka regime. To resolve the issue, it is necessary to involve international mechanisms in the form of a “coordination platform” developed in the European Parliament, which will collect, analyze, and evaluate information about Belarus with the participation of experts and international participants, which should include the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the OSCE and competent special UN rapporteurs.

The international community must do everything to ensure that human rights violations in Belarus do not go unpunished.