Aliaksandr Milinkevich, the opposition leader and recipient of the Sakharov prize comes to Bratislava on Wednesday to speak about civic liberties suppression in Belarus. He and other opposition leaders will discuss this issue at the GLOBSEC Bratislava Global Security Forum along with representatives of European non-governmental organizations.
Belarusian relations with Europe and the United States have considerably deteriorated since the undemocratic elections of December 2010. The persecution of presidential candidates and activists has caused a wave of protests and further sanctions have been imposed on the authoritarian regime.
GLOBSEC Bratislava Global Security Forum will coincide with a meeting of foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group, only two weeks after the V4 summit in Bratislava. At their meeting, the heads of governments of the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann condemned the Belarusian regime’s actions.
In a joint statement, they called on Belarusian authorities to “immediately release all political prisoners and to rehabilitate them” and demanded that they, “stop political repression and harassment of the opposition, independent media and civil society.”
You can watch the discussion on Belarus as well as on other GLOBSEC Forum topics live at www.globsec.org.
GLOBSEC 2011 Bratislava Global Security Forum is organized by the Slovak Atlantic Commission on the exclusive premises of the Kempinski Hotel River Park Bratislava together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic, NATO Public Diplomacy Division, the Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia and the International Visegrad Fund.
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