European Parliament and Belarus

Wed, 2006-04-05 15:19

Belarus opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich was welcomed by European Parliament president Josep Borrell on Wednesday in the public gallery of Parliament's plenary room in Strasbourg. Mr Borrell praised the courage and perseverance of the Belarusian opposition and say that the European Parliament will continue to support human rights and democracy in Belarus.

Mon, 2006-03-20 14:15

The vote took place in an atmosphere of fear and threat, against a background of the Belarusian authorities threatening violence against peaceful demonstrators and death sentences for those manifesting their freedom of expression and assembly.

Sun, 2006-03-19 14:08

The European Parliament ad hoc delegation for the monitoring of presidential elections in Belarus called on the Belarusian authorities and people to respect democratic rights and to abstain from violence after polling stations closed. As thousands of people gathered in Minsk's main square, Bogdan Klich (EPP-ED, PL), who chairs the delegation, made an urgent appeal: "I call on the Belarusian authorities to abstain from violence against civilians who are peacefully exercising their fundamental right of expression and assembly tonight in Minsk."

Wed, 2006-03-15 14:06

Earlier this week the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus decided to refuse entrance visas to all seven members of the delegation and informed them that any attempts to enter Belarus will be treated as provocation and will be stopped directly at the border.


Wed, 2005-10-26 15:03
 It is essential for the European Parliament to take an active role in supporting all democratic forces in Belarus. Especially during the pre-election phase, the democratic opposition needs not only all the support we can muster, but also maximum media coverage and international interest and support which is vital to ensure the safety of all the opposition politicians.
Sun, 2005-09-25 22:00

The European Parliament ,

– having regard to its previous resolutions on the situation in Belarus,

– having regard, in particular to its resolution of 10 March 2005 on Belarus(1) and its resolution of 7 July 2005 on the political situation and the independence of the media in Belarus(2) ,

– having regard to its Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, which was awarded to the Belarussian Association of Journalists in December 2004,

Thu, 2005-09-08 14:58

The steps taken by the government of President Lukashenka of Belarus against the Polish minority, and in particular against its organisation the Union of Poles in Belarus, are further evidence of the repressive nature of the Minsk regime. This problem is not simply one between Poland and Belarus but is an issue that must be faced by all of democratic Europe. The repressive policy is not merely directed against the Polish minority in Belarus but against all of the democratic opposition to the Lukashenka dictatorship. The European Parliament must be in the vanguard of the supporters of democracy in Belarus.

Thu, 2005-06-09 14:54

The Delegation expresses dismay at the imprisonment of the Belarusian opposition activists Pavel Sevyarenets and Mikola Statkevich; the de-legalisation of Belarusian democratic opposition parties, civil society organisations and independent mass media; the expulsion of democratic-minded Belarusian students from schools and universities; as well as attacks on the rights of the Polish minority in Belarus. The Delegation states that all the recent actions of the regime of Mr Lukashenka continue to flout the principles of democracy and the rule of law, while ultimately convincing the Delegation of the impossibility of democratic dialogue with the regime in Minsk.