The European Union has officially condemned searches of homes and offices of journalists and human rights activists in Belarus. The corresponding statement was made by EU Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Peter Stano, Deutsche Welle reports.
"The authorities are amplifying intimidation and attacks on civil society activists, human rights defenders, and journalists, completely violating their fundamental freedoms, human rights, and the rule of law," Stano said.
According to him, the European Union considers the persecution of the people of Belarus "for their right to peaceful protest against the rigged election results and the brutality of law enforcement agencies" unacceptable.
The official also drew attention to the documented cases of torture of detained people and politically motivated trials of protesters in the country.
Stano reminded that the EU was constantly monitoring the human rights situation in Belarus and had already imposed sanctions on 84 people and seven businesses involved in such illegal activities.
As we reported earlier, the Belarusian parliament may consider a bill on foreign agents this spring.
"The law on foreign agents will be considered at the upcoming spring session, I am sure! We will make it happen! The relevant work has already begun," said Oleg Gaidukevich, a member of the House of Representatives and chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party.