Statement by the Spokesperson on the developments in the run up to and during Freedom Day in Belarus

2018 2018-03-27T11:22:56+0300 2018-03-27T11:28:40+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Belarus marked Freedom Day on 25 March to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Belarus's independence. While the authorisation of the celebratory event was appreciated, a requested rally was not allowed and the response of the Belarusian authorities was disproportionate.

Democratic principles and fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly, association and of the media must be fully ensured in any democratic society and the European Union in this context expects that all recently arrested citizens who are still being detained are released immediately.  

Steps taken by Belarus to respect universal fundamental freedoms, rule of law, and human rights will remain vital in shaping the European Union's future relationship with the country.