News on the topic: EU-Belarus
31.10.2018 European Commissioner discusses EU-Belarus cooperation with human rights defenders
On Wednesday, 31 October, representatives of the Belarusian non-governmental and human rights organizations met with Mr. Johannes Hahn, European Union Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy. The meeting was also attended by the EU’s official representative in Belarus, Ms. Andrea Wiktorin.
09.10.2018 EU, CoE reiterate call to introduce moratorium on executions in Belarus
Joint Declaration by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the European and World Day against the Death Penalty
04.10.2018 MEPs condemn harassment and detention of journalists in Belarus
Amid deteriorating media freedom in Belarus, MEPs condemn the repeated detention and state harassment of journalists and independent news outlets in the country, according to a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on October 4.
30.05.2018 EU deplores two new executions in Belarus
Statement by the Spokesperson on the application of the death penalty in Belarus
29.05.2018 EU ‘actively engaged with Belarus on death penalty’, says Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy
In 2017, the EU actively engaged with the Belarusian authorities on the death penalty and took action to raise awareness, as Belarus remained the only country in Europe that still applied the death penalty, Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy said.
27.03.2018 Statement by the Spokesperson on the developments in the run up to and during Freedom Day in Belarus
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.
22.03.2018 MEPs ‘alarmed’ by lack of ‘tangible progress’ in Belarus’ human rights record
“The situation with regard to basic human rights and democracy in Belarus is far from showing signs of any tangible progress and change,” a group of MEPs said in a letter to Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.
09.03.2018 EU statement on the execution of Kiryl Kazachok
In light of the execution in Belarus of Kiryl Kazachok, which took place in October 2017 but was brought to the public's attention only now, the European Union again reaffirms its strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances.
21.02.2018 EU Urges Belarus To Undertake 'Serious' Electoral Reform
The European Union has called on Belarus to immediately work on a "serious and comprehensive" reform of the election law and processes following local elections in the country.
09.02.2018 Local EU Statement on a Death Sentence in Belarus
The Delegation of the European Union to Belarus issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Belarus.
29.12.2017 EU statement on two upheld death sentences in Belarus
Statement by the Spokesperson on two upheld death sentences in Belarus
14.11.2017 Eastern Partnership Summit: Azerbaijan and Belarus leaders should be pushed towards democratization
Dozens of leading international and national human rights organizations, including two Belarusian groups, have called on EU leaders to raise the issue of human rights violations in Azerbaijan during the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit, which will be held on November 24 in Brussels.
17.10.2017 Belarus in EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2016
On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.
10.10.2017 EU and CoE call for moratorium on executions in Belarus on World Day against Death Penalty
On the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the Council of Europe and the European Union reaffirm their strong and unequivocal opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and for all cases. The death penalty is incompatible with human dignity. It constitutes inhuman and degrading treatment, does not have any proven deterrent effect and allows judicial errors to become irreversible and fatal.
24.07.2017 EU Criticizes Belarusian Death Sentences
The European Union on July 21 criticized the two latest death sentences handed down in Belarus, saying that they "violate the right to life."