Statement of the United States Embassy in Minsk on the Prevention of Freedom Day Demonstrations

2017 2017-03-26T12:09:53+0300 2017-03-26T12:11:55+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The United States notes with deep concern that authorities in Belarus failed to allow peaceful demonstrations in Minsk for the annual “Freedom Day” commemoration. The authorities’ large-scale detention of peaceful protesters, human rights observers and journalists infringes upon basic democratic values.

There have been reports of use of force by the security services against those detained and others.

We understand that a number of those detained have been released. The United States will continue to closely monitor this situation and calls on the government of Belarus to immediately release all remaining peaceful protesters, human rights advocates, and journalists, to guarantee the rights of citizens to peaceful assembly and free speech, and to uphold its international commitments.

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