We express our great concern at the prolonged continuation of violence and oppression towards peaceful protesters and civil society activists in Belarus, including the recent murder of Raman Bandarenka, recent detention of thousands of people, including our member Andrei Yahorau, and the imprisonment of Belarusian Students Association activists and instituting criminal proceedings against them.
The Coordinating Committee of the BNP adopted a statement of the necessity to postpone the launch of BelNPP.
On Sunday (September 6) Andrey Egorov and Irina Sukhy were detained.
In this regard, the BNP EaP CSF, Green Network and Ecohome issued a joint statement. The statement was supported by the members organizations.
The presidential elections in Belarus were overshadowed by a violent crackdown on peaceful protesters and the political opposition. In light of the political situation in the country, the EaP CSF formed a Monitoring Mission to observe all stages of the election process, while also taking note of further political and social developments in and around Belarus in post-monitoring period.
The Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum adopted the civil society’s statement suggesting several recommendations for the international community with regard to the current situation in Belarus.
We are dismayed at the continued violation of the fundamental rights of the Belarusian people in the wake of the undemocratic presidential election on 9 August 2020.
Presidential Elections in Belarus on 09.08.2020 have been accompanied by massive violations of human rights and can by no means be regarded as free, transparent and democratic. During the whole rally the state government has been deliberately hindering the free expression of will by citizens which included prosecution against alternative candidates and their team members; (cyber)bullying and repressions towards bloggers, journalists, activists and ordinary citizens; massive manipulations and fraud during the voting process.
The EaP CSF Monitoring Mission to Belarus has been formed based on the suggestions of the EaP CSF Belarusian National Platform, the support of the EaP CSF Steering Committee and the participation of experts representing EaP CSF members.
The Coordinating Committee of the Belarusian National Platform has adopted a statement on the current electoral situation in Belarus. Based on the facts of mass violations of the rights of citizens, the BNP believes that at this stage the elections cannot be recognized as free and democratic.
On March 25 Siarhei Satsuk a journalist and a chief editor of the «Ezhednevnik» web publishing house was detained in Minsk by members of the Financial Investigation of the State Monitoring Committee. On March 26 members of the mentioned state body seized the documents from the «Ezhednevnik» editorial office.