The 47-member Human Rights Council in Belarus used 23 votes with 23 votes to condemn rights violations in Belarus, and requested the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take up the issue and call the council report a.
The debate was interrupted repeatedly by the Belarus delegate, supported by representatives from Russia, China and Venezuela, who tried to limit the presentations – including Alexander Lukashenko’s chief election challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on procedural grounds.
Tilkonovsna’s short video message barely began when the Belarusian representative, Yuri Ambreziewicz, demanded its closure. He repeatedly interrupted the screening, raising procedural objections and asserting his words that “have no relevance to the substance … on the events happening today”.
He was ruled by the council’s president, Elizabeth Tichy-Fieselberger.
The UN Special Cooperation on Belarus Ana Marin described the human rights situation in Belarus as “disastrous” and warned: “Let’s not allow another iron curtain to descend on the European continent.”
More than 10,000 people were “disgracefully arrested”, he said, adding that more than 500 tortures and thousands of people had been “badly beaten”. He called on the authorities to release those placed on “politically motivated charges”, and to drop the charges leveled against them.
Germany called urgent all-day negotiations on behalf of the European Union, which has submitted a draft proposal to demand the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michel Bachelet, monitor the crisis and report by the end of the year what is finally Luchenko Officially won by is called a “fraudulent election”.
In power since 1994, Lukashenko denied rigging the August 9 vote, which according to official government results, he won by a landslide. He then took stern action against the protesters demanding his resignation.
Tikankovskaya, who officially finished second in the election and fled his homeland for Lithuania, called for an end to the violence and a free and fair presidential election. She urged the international community to strictly respond to the abuse in her country.
The situation in Belarus “demands immediate international attention”, she said in the video message, “violating its international obligations to respect human dignity and basic human rights … means the international community The strongest response is right to choose the word “.
The Foreign Minister of Lithuania, Linas Linkevius, visited Washington this week to urge the US to take strong action against the Lukashenko regime. Following a meeting with the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and congressional leaders, Linkevixius told the Guardian: “As we have told our EU colleagues, we would like to have not only a statement but also some more concrete, visual feedback . In the same way, I would expect the American leadership, and take it with sanctions … and support for civil society as well. ‘
The UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, also visited Pompeo this week and called for US and European solidarity on Belarus. Pompeo said that on Wednesday the US was “coordinating” with Europe on sanctions and “ensuring that the headlines remain on the legitimate aspirations of the Belarusian people”.
The resolution adopted by the council raises concerns about the atrocities, arbitrary deprivation of life and sexual and gender-based violence, as well as threats, harassment and detention of opponents of Lukushenko’s government before and after the vote.
It called on the authorities in Belarus to stop using excessive force against peaceful protesters, prevent arbitrary arrests on political grounds and to detain all political prisoners, journalists and others for protests.
In a statement read by his deputy, Bachelet said: “We are seeing thousands of arrests. Hundreds of tortures and other ill treatment reports, including reports of sexual violence and atrocities on children. Breaking these cycles of increasing repression and violence is important for the future of Belarus. ”
Tikhanovskaya said that she wanted to speak with the authorities and emphasize our desire for a peaceful resolution of the crisis. We demand an immediate end to violence against peaceful civilians. We demand the immediate release of all political prisoners. ”
Ambrezhevich demanded Tikhanovskaya’s cut-off and pleaded guilty to making public the “mass media and social network”, which she said was a distorted picture. He also made several objections to statements by his counterparts from Russia, Venezuela and China to the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nada al-Nashif and Marin, saying they had no place in the debate.
“We deny unfounded allegations of sexual violence against the protesters,” Ambrezievich said. “There is no official record. There is also no confirmation of the claim that people disappeared with protest. ”
In Belarus, the borders remained open on Friday despite Lukashenko’s declaration, as he closed due to a possible “war” with neighboring countries, which he accused of supporting the opposition. The country’s Border Guard service said on its Telegram channel that “checks have been pushed forward” and “strategic reinforcements have been deployed”, but that “the outposts are allowing people to enter and leave” .