#StandWithBelarus: EU continues to support Belarusian people and independent journalism

#StandWithBelarus: EU continues to support Belarusian people and independent journalism

February 9, 2022

A year and a half since the falsified elections of August 2020, the Lukashenko regime in Belarus continues widespread human rights violations and its brutal repression against all segments of the Belarusian society, the EU has said in a statement issued by the lead spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Peter Stano, on the Day of Solidarity with Belarus.

According to the statement, more than 1,040 people are currently detained as political prisoners in Belarus, including 33 media workers, new politically motivated sentences are reported every day, and many detainees have been subjected to abuse and have been condemned to long prison sentences in political trials conducted behind closed doors. 

The European Union continues to call for their immediate and unconditional release. Together with our international partners, we are working to secure justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators,” the statement said.

The spokesperson reminded that hundreds of journalists have been forced to leave the country in face of persecution: “In spite of extreme pressure, courageous Belarusian independent journalists remain at the forefront of the struggle for truth, democracy and fundamental rights. They continue to provide crucial coverage to their audiences inside and outside Belarus. The European Union and its Member States will continue to support Belarusian independent journalism.”

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