IRYNA KRASOUSKAYA, WIFE OF ANATOL KRASOWSKI MISSING SINCE 1999, MEETS WITH DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE RICHARD L. ARMITAGE
November 20 Iryna Krasouskaya spoke in the Radio Liberty Washington Bureau press center to the representatives of non-governmental research and human rights institutions.
She had a number of top-level meetings with the US State Department officials, including Deputy Secretary of State Richard Lee Armitage. Iryna Krasouskaya also met with Steven K. Pifer, the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary and Mark Taplin, Director of the Bureau OFFICE OF UKRAINE, MOLDOVA AND BELARUS AFFAIRS, and Under Secretary for Global Affairs Paula J. Dobriansky.
Krasouskaya intended to remind the US government about the human rights violations in Belarus. She also had a goal to remind the Belarusian authorities that the United States would closely watch the kidnapping of opposition activists’ cases and other human rights violations.
During the meetings Krasouskaya raised the issue of the Belarus Democracy Act to be passed by the US Congress. The State Department press service informs, in her conversation with Richard L. Armitage Krasouskaya asked to continue supporting democratic forces in Belarus, and strengthen the pressure on Lukashenka’s regime in the field of reforms and independent investigation into the case of her husband’s disappearance.
The Deputy Secretary of the State promised full support to the human rights movement in Belarus. He stressed, the United States intend to further demand full responsibility of the Lukashenka’s regime for disappearances of opposition figures and repression.