OSCE Head intends to visit Belarus for negotiations

OSCE Chairman Edi Rama and Foreign Minister of Sweden Ann Linde are going to visit Belarus23:14, 17 August 2020ATR

OSCE Chairman, Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama and Foreign Minister of Sweden Ann Linde would like to visit Belarus for negotiations with government and opposition. They have already filed an official request to the Belarusian authorities as the OSCE reported.

“We reiterate our concerns about the conduct of the Presidential election on 9 August 2020, which could not be observed by the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, and the disproportionate use of force against peaceful protesters, widespread detentions and alleged torture and mistreatment by the security forces,” the message said.

Albania also underlined the necessity of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Belarus.

Earlier, Ukraine’s parliamentary ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova asked UN and OSCE to assist with legal protection for Ukrainian citizens detained in Belarus.

Lyudmyla Denisova also turned to human rights protection bodies in this country, asking to provide legal assistance for Ukrainian volunteers Yevhen Vasyliev and Kostyantyn Reutsky, as well as another two citizens of Ukraine.

On August 9, the clashes of the protesters with the law enforcers started in Minsk. The law enforcers used stun grenades and water cannons against the protesters. Later, it was reported that a man died during the protests. A young man received a fatal head injury. On August 10, protests against the results of the presidential elections were resumed in the Republic of Belarus, a flash-noise grenade exploded in the center of Minsk; journalists talked about three volleys at the intersection of Kalvariyskaya Street and Masherov Avenue.

During three nights of protests in Belarus, over 6,000 people were detained; about 500 were hospitalized. Over 40 criminal proceedings were opened. According to Belarusian mass media, the location of some detainees is still unknown.

As we reported, the city administration of Minsk estimated the damage from the riots at more than 200,000 dollars.

On August 14, the Central Election Commission of Belarus announced the final results of the election. According to the commission, the incumbent President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko won the election.

(C)112UA 2020


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