UN head urges Belarus to respect law, democratic principles

UNITED NATIONS, February 2 (Itar-Tass) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Belarusian authorities "to respect the rule of law" and "democratic principles," as well as "protect human rights." Ban's spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters on Tuesday.

According to him, Ban Ki-moon is concerned about reports from Belarus about oppression and the ongoing arrests of journalists, civil rights and opposition representatives.

According to a UN press release, voicing concern at reports of harassment of political opponents in Belarus, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for the release of journalists, opposition candidates and their supporters detained after recent presidential elections.

"The Secretary-General continues to call for respect for the rule of law, democratic principles and protection of human rights in Belarus," Farhan Haq told a news briefing in New York. "He is concerned about reports of harassment and continued detention of journalists, civil society activists and opposition candidates. The Secretary-General reiterates his call for their release and for the full adherence to due process."


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