UN once again calls on Belarus to release detained opposition

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, today renewed its call on Belarus government to release journalists and political activists detained after elections last December. The UN spokesman, Farhan Haq, said in a statement that Ban remains concerned about reports of further harassment of opponents of the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko, who urged to respect the procedural rights of detainees.

"The secretary general is calling for respect of rule of law, democratic principles and the protection of human rights in Belarus," the spokesman added.

Lukashenko, who came to power 16 years ago, began in January with its fourth consecutive term, amid the rejection by the international community due to the circumstances of his re-election, which the opposition denounced as fraudulent.

Thirty opponents, including seven presidential candidates, journalists and activists facing criminal charges Belarus on charges of instigating and organizing the violent riots in which thousands of people tried to storm the headquarters of theGovernment after the closure of polling stations. United States, which has not recognized the election results, Minsk threatened to review bilateral relations if he did not release the opposition detainees in the KGB. These days, there are so many things that the UN needs to handle, due to the unstable condition of the world.


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