Statement by High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, on the release of political prisoners in Belarus

The release of Mykalai Statkevich, Mykalai Dziadok, Ihar Alinevich, Jury Rubstov, Euheny Vaskovich and Arytom Prakapenka, is a long -sought step forward. They are now free.

Former presidential candidate Mykalai Statkevich stands out in particular as an example of the tireless work and committment of many for a democratic Belarus.

We now expect the authorities of Belarus to remove all restrictions on the enjoyment of full civil and political rights of the released.

Today's releases represent important progress in the efforts towards the improvement of relations between the EU and Belarus.


Should've happened sooner but welcome release of political prisoners in #Belarus. Now we need free, fair + peaceful Presidential election

Posted by David Lidington on Saturday, 22 August 2015