We must bring what is happening in Belarus to the world’s attention and hear from those on the ground. Briefers on #BYHumanRights: UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Anaïs Marin; Belarusian opposition presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya; Vice-Chairman of the Viasna Human Rights Center, Valiantsin Stefanovic; Legal Expert for the Belarusian Association of Journalists, Volha Siakhovich. The meeting is chaired by Urmas Reinsalu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. The meeting was initiated by Estonia and co-sponsored by UN Security Council members the United States and United Kingdom, as well as Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine.


“We, the heads of Minsk-based missions of EU countries, call on the authorities in Belarus to act in line with its international obligations and to release all those in Belarus who have been imprisoned during the last few months on political grounds. We stand by all the political prisoners in Belarus – several dozen men and women – unjustly imprisoned for defending and promoting fundamental freedoms and democracy. From this day on, each of us will take a copy of the list of political prisoners in Belarus to every meeting with Belarusian officials. We reiterate that a peaceful and sustainable resolution of the current crisis can result only from an inclusive national dialogue held in full observance of the Belarusian people’s fundamental rights and freedoms and in full respect of their demand for a democratic process.”