On Friday, the European Union has expressed condolences to Raman Bandarenka’s family and friends. On November 12, the man died after several hours of surgery in a hospital in Minsk due to serious injuries which were allegedly caused by the brutality of plainclothed policemen.
“This [death] is an outrageous and shameful result of the actions by the Belarusian authorities who have not only directly and violently carried out repression of their own population, but also created an environment whereby such lawless, violent acts can take place, thus ignoring not only the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Belarusian people but also disregarding their lives,” the statement reads.
According to EEAS, the European Union stands in solidarity with all the Belarusians who have suffered and continue to suffer at the hands of the Belarusian authorities in the aftermath of the rigged presidential elections:
“The EU continues to strongly condemn violence employed by the Belarusian authorities against peaceful protesters, persons engaged in the pro-democracy movement, independent media, representatives of civil society or ordinary Belarusian citizens. We expect the authorities to end the violence and persecution, to release immediately and unconditionally all arbitrarily detained persons, including political prisoners, and to investigate fully and transparently all human rights violations and abuses, and hold those responsible to account.”
The authors of the statement recall that the EU has already imposed sanctions on 55 individuals responsible for violent repression and intimidation, and say tha bloc may introduce additional sanctions additional sanctions.