Russian-Belarusian human rights commission calls on Russia's government to review the situation with civil rights in Belarus
The public Russian-Belarusian committee of the Presidential Council of Russia for promoting civil community institutions and human rights called on the government of the Russian Federation to include the issue of civil rights and freedoms protection into the permanent agenda of dialog with the authorities of Belarus, reports Radio Liberty.
This is what the media statement released by the committee said. In the statement the heads of the committee express their indignation because of the brutal dispersal by the Belarusian law enforcement agencies of the action "We Want the Truth" held on 7 July in Minsk and devoted to the fifth anniversary after the disappearance of the ORT cameraman Dzmitry Zavadzki. They view it as unreasonable and disgraceful the beating of the widow Sviatlana Zavadzkaya. According to the heads of the Russian-Belarusian committee of the Presidential Council of Russia, the July 7 events are yet another piece of evidence of the Belarusian authorities attacking the civil rights and freedoms.
The co-chair of the public Russian-Belarusian human rights committee of the Presidential Council of Russia Sergey Karaganov said that apart from the statement they will undertake concrete measures: "We will apply to the organs of the Union, to the Russian authorities so that they exert certain impact on the Belarusian authorities.
Sergey Karaganov met with the ambassador of Russia to Belarus Dzmitry Ayatskau, however he did not disclose the contents of this conversation. In the meantime the heads of the committee in Moscow are indignant at the beating of Sviatlana Zavadzkaya. The co-chair of the committee Valeri Pavlov believes that this is abuse of official power and a criminal case must be brought against the representative of the power structures, who has to be fired: "Generally, this action does not profit the Minsk riot police. I know Mr. Padabed well, it looks like he lets his people behave in a loose way. This is not ok".
According to the committee member, the journalist Paval Sharamiet, the committee will closely follow the situation around the incident with Sviatlana Zavadzkaya: "In the report on the activities of the Council submitted to the President of Russia, Ella Pamfilova, apart from other cases of human rights violations in Belarus, will undoubtedly raise the issue of brutal treatment of the Russian cameraman Dzmitry Zavadzki by the Belarusian law enforcement agencies".
The public Russian-Belarusian human rights committee called on the Government of the Russian Federation to discuss the issue of protection of civil rights and political freedoms as a permanent issue during the dialogue with the authorities of Belarus.