Speaking at a OSCE PA side event on the situation in Belarus, the UN special rapporteur Miklos Haraszti criticized the interagency plan for human rights that the official Minsk passed last year.
The neighboring Lithuania also did not hide the disappointment.
It was decided not to submit the resolution on the situation in Belarus for voting at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly session. The document, in particular, contained criticism of the human rights violations in our country, as well as the desire of official Minsk to continue the construction of the NPP in Astravets.
Belarusian politicians told the truth about rights violations.
During the meeting, the panelists reminded the OSCE representatives of a number of human rights violations in Belarus, as well as the application of death penalty, persecution of independent journalists, beatings of opposition and civil society activists during the protests.
They also brought up the so-called “Patriots case”.
The head of the EU office in Belarus, Andrea Wiktorin, said she was glad that the “patriots” had been released, but the European Union, despite the positive developments, will continue to monitor the situation in Belarus.
Lukashenko also stands for human rights!
Alyaksandr Lukashenka has repeatedly expressed his desire for Belarus to meet OSCE standards.
“Rule of law, democracy — we do our best to have as many of theose as in other European countries,” head of Belarus said at the OSCE PA session.
However, at the meeting with the US Congress delegation, Lukashenka said that Minsk is aware of the American side’s expectations in the area of human rights, Belarus is ready to discuss them in any format and place.
But are the authorities willing to confirm such intentions in practice?
Vital Babin, “Belsat”, photo: Pol Dip / Reuters / Forum