Missions of the USA, Great Britain, Switzerland and the European Union condemned the use of violence and repression against protesters in Belarus. This is said in a joint statement by the missions, published by the EU delegation in Minsk on the EU website.
“We condemn the disproportionate use of force and call on the Belarusian authorities to stop violence and threats to use military force against their own citizens, as well as to immediately and unconditionally release all those unjustly detained,” the statement addressed to the Belarusian leadership reads.
Missions from the United States, Great Britain, Switzerland and the European Union also expressed solidarity with all victims of violence and ill-treatment in Belarus, and condolences to the families of the deceased demonstrators.
They also called on the Belarusian authorities to end intimidation and harassment of citizens for political reasons, and to comply with their international obligations regarding fundamental democratic freedoms and human rights.
Western leaders expect Minsk to fully and transparently investigate all alleged crimes and abuses in order to bring those responsible to justice. In their opinion, only this will create an opportunity for a peaceful settlement of the crisis on the basis of an open national dialogue.
Earlier the European Union and Canada, in connection with the protests in Belarus, called on President Alexander Lukashenko for a dialogue with the OSCE and demanded to allow representatives of this organization to visit this country.
Meanwhile, protests against the results of the presidential elections have been going on in Belarus for the third week. The current head of state Alexander Lukashenko won the majority of votes.