EU claims elections in Belarus "neither free nor fair"

Source : 112 Ukraine

Declaration by the EU High Representative has been released
22:46, 11 August 2020

The EU High Representative and Foreign Ministers of eight countries condemned the violence and the overall non-democratic nature of the presidential election in Belarus on August 9. This is mentioned in the statement released by the Council of the EU.

"The EU has been following the developments leading to the presidential elections closely. During the electoral campaign, the people of Belarus have demonstrated the desire for democratic change.

However, the elections were neither free nor fair. 

State authorities deployed disproportionate and unacceptable violence causing at least one death and many injuries. Thousands of people were detained and the crackdown on freedoms of assembly, media, and expression intensified. We call on the Belarusian authorities to release immediately and unconditionally all detained. Furthermore, credible reports of domestic observers show that the electoral process did not meet the international standards expected of an OSCE participating State.

Related: 200 people hospitalized after protests across Belarus

The people of Belarus deserve better," reads the statement.

The EU authorities urged the Belarusian authoritative bodies "to initiate a genuine and inclusive dialogue with broader society to avoid further violence. The EU will continue to support a democratic, independent, sovereign, prosperous, and stable Belarus."

Related: Belarusian Parliament calls actions of riot police "adequate"

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