Belarus Suspends Dialogue with EU on Human Rights

Belarus has suspended dialogue with the European Union on human rights, foreign minister Vladimir Makei announced on Tuesday.

Belarus has suspended dialogue with the European Union on human rights, foreign minister Vladimir Makei announced on Tuesday. 

The European Union has condemned the human rights violations committed in the Belarus protests and have sanctioned the President, including his son and other top officials. The sanction will ban them from traveling within the European Union states. 

The protests have called to denounce the win of President Alexander Lukashenko in the August elections. The protests marked its 100th day on Tuesday.

After a meeting with Lukashenko, Makei said, “We have never refused to discuss sensitive issues, but today we see that these issues are absolutely politicized. Therefore, we do not see any point in continuing the dialogue on human rights with the EU. We are suspending this dialogue.”

Moreover, the meeting also discussed and suggested that they lower their representation in the Eastern partnership due to attempts at politicizing infrastructure projects. 

“We condemn the increased use of violence and the violations of human and civil rights in Belarus since the fraudulent Presidential election of 9 August 2020,” the EU said in a joint statement. 

The EU also adds, “we call on the Belarusian authorities to immediately stop indiscriminate  violence against their own people and release all those unjustly detained.  We strongly urge the authorities to observe and respect the Belarusian people’s human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

The EU says it is open for a dialogue with Belarus in order to resolve the current situation in the state. 

 


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