Human rights mission calls on Belarusian authorities to provide explanations regarding foreign travel ban list

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The Observation Mission of the International Committee for Monitoring the Human Rights Situation in Belarus has called on the Belarusian authorities to provide explanations regarding their list of dissidents banned from foreign trips.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Mission expresses “deep concern” about the blacklist.

The authorities should formally notify all citizens targeted by the ban, investigate every case, remove from the blacklist those who have been placed on it illegally or by mistake, as well as allow the people to appeal against the restriction on their freedom of movement, says the Mission.

It has called on other OSCE member states and international organizations to pay special attention to the human rights situation in Belarus and take efficient and prompt measures to address it.

International and national human rights and other organizations in the OSCE region should increase their presence in Belarus to help defend human rights and restore the rule of law in the country, the Mission adds.

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