EU Council and Belarus

Mon, 2006-01-30 22:00
The Council adopted the following conclusions. The Council restates its readiness to take further appropriate restrictive measures against the responsible individuals in the event of failure to uphold international standards in the electoral process, in particular those of the OSCE.
Wed, 2006-01-04 22:00

In its statement at the OSCE Permanent Council on 27 October 2005 the European Union expressed its concern at the re-opening of the case against the Belarus Helsinki Committee (BHC) for alleged tax evasion relating to TACIS grants. The EU urged the Belarusian authorities to cease their campaign of harassment against the BHC.


Fri, 2005-12-02 22:00

The European Union regrets that it must once again express its concern about developments in Belarus following the Belarusian National Assembly's decision to approve in first reading a draft Anti-Revolution Bill amending the penal code. The provisions of the bill seem to go entirely against many of Belarus' human rights commitments, notably the rights to freedom of association and freedom of expression. This legislation appears to be a clear attempt to intimidate Belarusians and stifle free speech as Belarus approaches presidential elections.

Wed, 2005-10-05 22:00
The European Union expresses its concern for the future of the independent press in Belarus following the harassment of the last remaining independent daily newspaper
Narodnaya Volya. The EU condemns the crippling fine imposed on the newspaper and the termination of printing and distribution contracts by the state owned monopoly printers and distributors. The EU regrets that the media space is increasingly controlled by the government and is concerned that this latest development will further limit the access of the Belarusian people to free and objective reporting of events in the country.
Tue, 2005-08-30 22:00

The European Union reaffirms its determination to support the needs of the population and democratisation in Belarus. It is the firm belief of the European Union that technical assistance to Belarus is of mutual benefit. Our goal is to help to develop civil society and independent media, strengthen the social and health sectors, improve the rule of law and the human rights situation, and develop small and medium enterprises. This assistance also aims to help the Belarusian government fulfil its international commitments, including its commitments in the framework of OSCE.

Fri, 2005-08-12 22:00

The European Union welcomes the release of Professor Yuri Bandazhevsky on parole and hopes that the Belarusian authorities will now allow Professor Bandazhevsky to return to his work on the impact of the Chernobyl disaster. The EU has frequently expressed its concern at the Professor's imprisonment and recalls its repeated requests for the release of Professor Bandazhevsky and other political prisoners.

Tue, 2005-08-02 22:00

The European Union expresses its deep concern at recent developments in Belarus which demonstrate once again the systematic and increasing repression of civil society, the political opposition and the independent media. The EU condemns recent actions by the Belarusian authorities against the Union of Poles in Belarus and the government's interference in the activities of this independent nongovernmental organisation. The EU calls on the Government of Belarus to reverse its repressive policy against its own citizens and to ensure full compliance with its human rights obligations, including on minorities.

Tue, 2005-06-14 22:00

The European Union is especially concerned by the growing oppression of the political opposition forces, civil society, trade unions and independent media in Belarus. The EU sees these actions as attempts by the regime to eliminate potential opponents of President Lukashenka in the run-up to the forthcoming presidential elections.

Mon, 2005-06-13 22:00

Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), condemned today the sentencing of Andrei Klimov to a year and a half of personal restraint by the court of the Tsantralny district of Minsk for organising a mass protest rally in Minsk on 25 March 2005. The sentence is an excessive penalty for organising what has been confirmed by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and others as non-violent democratic activity.


Wed, 2005-06-01 22:00

Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), made the following statement today concerning the sentence handed down yesterday by the Minsk Central District Court against Mikola STATKEVICH, Chairman of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party and Pavel Sevyarinets, leader of the youth wing of the Belarusian Popular Front.