President of European Parliament condemns abductions in Belarus

2009 2009-12-08T19:22:13+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Repressions against opposition put in question the relations of the European Union with the official Minsk.

Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, made a statement after he learnt that one of coordinators of European Belarus civil campaign Yauhen Afnahel was abducted. He was sized by the unknown in mufti and taken out of the city into a forest, RFE/RL informs.

’The incident that has occurred in Belarus is an act of intimidation. I address the authorities with the call to create conditions to rule out repetition of such cases. The culprits should be found and convicted justly,’ Jerzy Buzek said.

The President of the European Parliament has warned the authorities that such facts shouldn’t happen. ‘It is not the first occurrence over the last 10 days. The European Parliament believes that the dialogue with Belarus should be continued under certain terms: it should go hand-in-hand with progress in the sphere of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Such cases as abductions and intimidation put in question the present approach of the member countries of the European Union towards Belarus.’

The President of the European Parliament condemns these events and finds them unacceptable.