Parliament unanimously condemns Lukashenko regime in Belarus

The Lower House of Parliament has adopted a resolution condemning the policy of violence and repressions pursued by President Aleksander Lukashenko of Belarus against opposition activists.

The resolution recalls that some 700 people have been arrested since the December presidential elections and many of them continue to be detained in the conditions which are a violation of all European conventions on human rights.

Polish MPs demand that all the detainees be freed immediately and that all political repressions are stopped.

The resolution speaks of solidarity with and support for all those fighting for democracy in Belarus, and calls for the introduction of diplomatic sanctions while at the same time allowing the Belarussian citizens to benefit from the opportunities offered by the European Union as regards the freedom of travel, access to the labour market and participation in educational, academic and cultural programmes.

The resolution contains an appeal to the parliaments of all European countries, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament to undertake firm measures to support the civic society in Belarus.

A group of Belarusian opposition leaders is currently in Warsaw, including Alaksandr Milinkievich who ran for presidency in 2006 and former speaker of Parliament Stanislav Shushkevich.

They have met with the speaker of Polish Parliament Grzegorz Schetyna and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Commission Andrzej Halicki, and are to hold talks with Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski later in the day.


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