Miklós Haraszti: Lukashenka system needs Europe now (video)

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UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus, Miklós Haraszti, speaks at the European Parliament. Brussels, 16 April 2015.

UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus, Miklós Haraszti, speaks at the European Parliament. Brussels, 16 April 2015.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus, Miklós Haraszti, spoke yesterday at a meeting of the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament.

Here are some of the key points of Mr. Haraszti’s speech on the human rights situation in Belarus.

  • release of political prisoners is meaningless without their rehabilitation.
  • mirage of improvement of the human rights situation in Belarus.
  • deterioration in all areas: problems with the media, including new bureaucratic hurdles against online publications; public activity without permission punished everyday, with practically no activity getting permission; it is criminal not only to organize something that has not been permitted but also to participate.
  • Bialiatski is a criminal by definition, remaining under the threat of criminal prosecution, as Viasna lacks official registration.
  • the country is governed by presidential decrees.
  • Belarus is the only country in Europe with a parliament with no opposition for nearly 20 years.
  • forced-labor-driven economy, fake stability.
  • danger of Belarus’ two-track policy; European Parliament could help tie up the two tracks.
  • a measure of gradualism should be introduced into relations with Belarus.
  • Lukashenka's system needs Europe now.
  • Special Rapporteur’s mandate not acknowledged stubbornly; a message about lack of ability and willingness to cooperate with the international human rights system.
Miklós Haraszti: Lukashenka system needs Europe now (video)
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