Ashton und Clinton: „Schritt zurück bei der Entwicklung der Demokratie und dem Respekt für Menschenrechte“

24. Dezember 2010

Joint Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the post-Presidential Elections situation in Belarus:

“The United States and the European Union reiterate their call for the immediate release of the presidential candidates and the over 600 demonstrators who have been taken into custody in the wake of the presidential elections in Belarus.  We strongly condemn  all violence, especially the disproportionate use of force against presidential candidates, political activists, representatives of civil society and  journalists.  Taken together,  the elections and their aftermath represent an unfortunate step backwards in the development of democratic governance and respect for human rights in Belarus.  The people of Belarus deserve better.

The European Union and the United States recognize the serious problems with the electoral process and the vote count as reported by the OSCE election observation mission and urge the Government of Belarus to meet its commitments to the OSCE to substantially reform the electoral process.  The Government of Belarus should take the steps necessary to create political space for political activists, civil society representatives, and independent journalists.

Respect for democracy and human rights remain central to improving Belarus’s relations with the United States and the European Union.  Without substantial progress in these areas, relations will not improve.  It is against this background that we will be assessing the Government of Belarus‘s actions to address the current situation and to take developments into account as we review our relations with Belarus.  The European Union and the United States intend to continue theirsupport for and engagement with the people of Belarus and civil society representatives.”

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Hohe Kommissarin der Vereinten Nationen für Menschenrechte (UNHCHR) verurteilt die Anwendung von Gewalt

21. Dezember 2010

 The United Nations human rights chief today voiced deep concern about the violence that erupted after Sunday’s presidential election in Belarus, including the abduction of opposition candidates, and called for the immediate release of those detained.

“I am very much concerned by the use of force against demonstrators who were not participating in hostilities, violence against and abduction of opposition candidates and their supporters, detention of opposition activists and human rights defenders, and searches and harassment of independent non-governmental organizations,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stated in a news release.

A leading opposition candidate was attacked on his way to a mass rally in the capital, Minsk, hospitalized and later abducted by unidentified persons amid the violence that erupted following the polls, according to the news release.

In addition, attempts by some radical supporters of opposition candidates to break into a government building were followed by mass detentions of opposition candidates and their supporters, human rights activists, journalists and harassment of civil society.

Ms. Pillay condemned any calls for or resort to violence on the part of some radical factions in the opposition.

At the same time, she stressed that “the relevant authorities must fully respect and ensure their political opponents’ rights to peaceful demonstrations and freedom of speech.”

The High Commissioner called for the immediate release of opposition candidates and their supporters who did not call for and were not involved in any violence.

She also called on the Government of Belarus to ensure that human rights defenders, journalists and civil society organizations are free from any harassment. “I urge all parties to refrain from violence and demonstrate full respect for human rights.”


Nekljajew krankenhausreif und bewusstlos zusammengeschlagen

19. Dezember 2010

Bei den Demonstrationen gegen Lukaschenko, ist der Oppositionskandidat Wladimir Nekljajew offenbar von Polizisten krankenhausreif zusammengeschlagen worden. Bereits auf dem Weg zum Oktoberplatz sei er bis zur Bewusstlosigkeit verprügelt worden, wie unterschiedliche Quellen berichten. Da die Nachrichtenlage derzeit schwierig zu überschauen ist, möchten wir gerne auf einzelne Artikel deutscher Medien verweisen:

Der Focus titelt „Massenproteste nach Präsidentenwahl in Weißrussland“ und „Lukaschenko siegt, Kontrahent verprügelt„, die Süddeutsche Zeitung schreibt „Lukaschenko siegt offenbar – Oppositionskandidat verprügelt„, die Zeit hat einen Artikel mit dem Titel „Lukaschenko klar als Präsident bestätigt“ veröffentlicht. Zuletzt vor weniger als zwanzig Minuten wurde der Artikel vom Schweizer Fernsehen aktualisiert, der den Titel trägt „Lukaschenkos Wiederwahl von Protesten überschattet„.

Dieses Bild zeigt die Brutalität der Sicherheitskräfte.

Dieses Bild zeigt die Brutalität der Sicherheitskräfte.