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EU, U.S. regret “no meaningful changes” in Belarus elections

21.11.2019 EU, U.S. regret “no meaningful changes” in Belarus elections

The November 17 parliamentary elections were a “lost opportunity,” as the vote failed to fully meet international standards, the EU said in a statement released through the office of Maja Kocijancic, Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

EU, OSCE PA condemn new death sentence in Belarus

29.10.2019 EU, OSCE PA condemn new death sentence in Belarus

“A moratorium on executions in Belarus would be a positive first step towards the abolition of the death penalty in the country,” a statement by Maja Kocijancic, European Union Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said in response to the death sentence handed down by the Brest Regional Court.

EU, CoE condemn new death sentence in Belarus

31.07.2019 EU, CoE condemn new death sentence in Belarus

The European Union and the Council of Europe have condemned the death sentence pronounced yesterday in Viciebsk.

Berlin passes resolution on Belarus on occasion of European Games

02.07.2019 Berlin passes resolution on Belarus on occasion of European Games

The Bundestag Human Rights Committee has adopted a resolution on Belarus on the occasion of the 2nd European Games in Minsk, condemning the violation of human rights in the country. The document, inter alia, notes the use of the death penalty, poor prison conditions and harsh sentences for drug-related crimes for minors.

EU "reaffirms strong opposition to capital punishment" in response to new execution in Belarus

17.06.2019 EU "reaffirms strong opposition to capital punishment" in response to new execution in Belarus

The European Union has condemned the recent executions in Belarus and urged the authorities to introduce a moratorium on the application of the death penalty.

Joint position of human rights organizations to subsequent round of EU-Belarus dialog

13.06.2019 Joint position of human rights organizations to subsequent round of EU-Belarus dialog

Belarusian human rights organizations issued a joint position on the verge of the next following round of EU-Belarus dialog.

EU and COE call on moratorium on death penalty in Belarus

14.01.2019 EU and COE call on moratorium on death penalty in Belarus

Spokespersons of the European Union and the Council of Europe condemn the latest death sentence pronounced in Belarus

EU, CoE, PACE, Amnesty International condemn executions in Belarus

29.11.2018 EU, CoE, PACE, Amnesty International condemn executions in Belarus

Brussels and Strasbourg have released official comments on the recent execution of two death row prisoners in Belarus, Siamion Berazhnoy and Ihar Hershankou.

European Commissioner discusses EU-Belarus cooperation with human rights defenders

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.

EU, CoE reiterate call to introduce moratorium on executions in Belarus

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

MEPs condemn harassment and detention of journalists in Belarus

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.

EU deplores two new executions in Belarus

30.05.2018 EU deplores two new executions in Belarus

Statement by the Spokesperson on the application of the death penalty in Belarus

EU ‘actively engaged with Belarus on death penalty’, says Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy

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.

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

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.

MEPs ‘alarmed’ by lack of ‘tangible progress’ in Belarus’ human rights record

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.

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