#WeStandWithBelarus: on 7 February, European Union marks Day of Solidarity with Belarus
February 7, 2021

#WeStandWithBelarus: on 7 February, European Union marks Day of Solidarity with Belarus

On 7 February, The European Union marks the Day of Solidarity with Belarus. Today in Minsk, heads of EU diplomatic missions met with family members of Belarusians who were killed when demonstrating peacefully in demand of their fundamental rights. Also present were family members of several Belarusian political prisoners.

“#WeStandWithBelarus on this Day of Solidarity and every day until all the political prisoners walk free and all the perpetrators have been held to account,” a press release from the EU Delegation to Belarus said.

Today, the European Union joins the world in a day of solidarity with the people of Belarus. We are all impressed by their courage and dignity in demanding democracy. We support the people of Belarus and their right to fundamental freedoms and human rights. Their call for inclusive, transparent and credible elections must be heard and respected.

In a joint statement to mark the Day of Solidarity with Belarus, EU High Representative Josep Borrell and Neighbourhood and Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi called on the authorities to heed the people’s persistent calls for a democratic future and respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights.

Six months after the fraudulent elections of 9 August 2020, the people of Belarus continue to demonstrate peacefully for their voices to be heard and their choice to be respected, despite the brutal repression of the Belarusian regime, the Statement says. Borrell and Varhėlyi stress that unjust persecutions, including hundreds of documented cases of torture, continue against opposition and civil society, media workers, employees and entrepreneurs, as well as many students who have been dismissed from universities and denied the right to education. Many thousands have been detained and several hundred prosecuted on fabricated charges and denied the right to a fair trial.

The European Union continues to stand firmly with the people of Belarus. The authorities must heed their persistent calls for a democratic future and respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights. Violence against peaceful protesters must cease at once. All arbitrarily apprehended persons, including political prisoners and journalists, must be released immediately and unconditionally. All perpetrators of human rights violations must be held to account,stated the High Representative and the Commissioner.

In their joint statement, Borrell and Varhėlyi underline that the EU continues to call for the swift initiation of a genuine, inclusive national dialogue followed by new credible and transparent elections to end the political crisis, respecting the will of the Belarusian people. The EU has stepped up its support to the people of Belarus and stands ready to support a democratic Belarus with a variety of means, including a comprehensive plan of economic support, says the document.

Find out more

EU Delegation to Belarus: “Solidarity with Belarus”

EU Delegation to Belarus: “#StandWithBelarus – let their voices be heard”

Joint Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Neighbourhood and Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi on the 7 February Day of Solidarity with Belarus


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