German Ombudsman banned entry to Belarus

2012 2012-02-09T18:05:57+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The Belarusian authorities denied entry to Belarus for Germany’s human rights commissioner Markus Loening. The information was spread by the German MFA.

“I very much regret that I am not welcome in Minsk,” the ombudsman noted. According to him, the German government will continue to apply efforts to promote human rights in Belarus.

According to the information from the MFA, Loening planned to pay a three-day visit to Minsk to meet with human rights activists and hand over a letter from German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle to Aliaksandr Lukashenka.

Westerwelle called in the letter to solve certain criminal cases, supportingly against political prisoners, on “humanitarian grounds”.

Loening also planned to visit the head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski, who was sentenced to 4.5-year imprisonment for alleged tax fraud.

Markus Loening expressed his support for the Belarusian democratic forces and called to immediately release and rehabilitate all political prisoners.

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