By: The Associated Press
A U.N. spokesman says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling again for the release of journalists and opposition candidates detained after the recent election in Belarus.
U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq says Ban is also concerned about continued harassment of activists who criticize the government. He's asking Belarusian leaders to protect human rights and respect the rule of law and democratic principles.
The U.N. chief's calls come on the eve of a Wednesday international donor's conference in Warsaw to raise money for the democratic opposition. Protests were dispersed and opposition candidates arrested in December after President Alexander Lukashenko was declared winner of an election widely regarded as fraudulent.