Ukrainian delegation initiates Belarusian Declaration in PACE

Source : 112 Ukraine

Declaration condemns the use of force against peaceful protesters
19:06, 16 August 2020

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

The Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) with the support of the delegations of the UK, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania initiated the Belarusian Declaration. This was announced by the head of the delegation, MP from the Servant of the People Yelyzaveta Yasko on Facebook.

The declaration calls the presidential elections in Belarus inconsistent with international electoral standards and those that do not reflect the free expression of the will of the Belarusian people.

The use of force against participants in peaceful protests in Minsk, Grodno, Gomel, Brest, and other Belarusian cities is condemned.

The Belarusian authorities are called for the immediate release of all illegally detained participants in peaceful assemblies.

The parties to the electoral process called for dialogue, and an independent investigation into the misuse of force against participants in peaceful assemblies is encouraged.

Related: Indefinite national strike announced in Belarus

The Russian Federation was warned against interfering in the internal affairs of Belarus.

After the presidential elections, thousands of rallies in Belarus have been held throughout the country for a week. The republican authorities attempted to harshly suppress the actions, which intensified the protest waves. All over the country, the largest enterprises are on strike, the inhabitants of cities are united in living chains in protest.

According to the final data of the CEC,  incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko received 80.1% of the vote, his main opponent Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya - 10.1%.

During the protests, the police brutally detained the protesters, used flash-noise grenades and rubber bullets against them.

Related: Lukashenko to protesters: You will become poor people with outstretched hands

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