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OSCE condemns use of force against peaceful demonstrators in Belarus
11:17, 27 March 2017
OSCE condemns use of force against peaceful demonstrators in Belarus

Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights called on the Belarusian authorities to refrain from using any form of sanctions or excessive force to suppress dissent and legitimate right to freedom of expression

11:17, 27 March 2017

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The OSCE condemned use of force against peaceful demonstrators in Belarus and called on the authorities to refrain from suppressing dissent and freedom of thought.

This was reported by Radio Liberty, with reference to the director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE, Michael Georg Link.

"After yesterday's events and recent events, I again call on the Belarusian authorities to refrain from using any form of sanctions or excessive force to suppress dissent and legitimate right to freedom of expression," said in the statement of Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Michael Georg Link.

He condemned the unjustified use of force by the Belarusian authorities against peaceful demonstrators in Minsk and other cities of the country.

On March 25 Belarusians marked the unauthorised Day of Freedom. Planned activities were replaced by mass detentions. For example, hundreds of citizens were detained, as well as 57 human rights activists and volunteers. Later they were released, among them were four people with a residence permit in Ukraine.

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