The number of political prisoners in Belarus has now reached 1,000 and continues to grow, according to a press release by the European External Action Service. In addition, many thousands of protestors have fled the country to avoid persecution, and more than 40 lawyers reported to have their licenses revoked.
It is written in the press release that: “In today’s Belarus, the space for democratic political opposition and free and independent media activities has been drastically closed off.” “The Lukashenko regime continues detaining and imprisoning people in appalling conditions, exposing them to ill-treatment and torture and have them condemned to long prison sentences in political trials conducted behind closed doors.”
The EU reiterates its demand for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners and calls on Belarus to adhere to its international commitments and obligations within the UN and OSCE.
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