Съобщения за пресата

Joint statement on the so-called inauguration of Aliaksandr Lukashenka

Brussels, 23 September 2020 - "Belarusian media have reported that Aliaksandr Lukashenka had been sworn in today, during a secret and hasty ceremony, as President of Belarus for a sixth consecutive term.

By adopting a resolution on the situation in Belarus on 17 September, the European Parliament has expressed its unequivocal position on the consequences of the 9 August Presidential election. [...]

Joint statement on political crisis in Belarus & Russia's role in finding a solution

Brussels, 9 September 2020 - "The human rights situation in Belarus, which was already preoccupying, has taken a dramatic turn for the worse since the Presidential election of 9 August. Mr Alyaksandr Lukashenka has not conceded his electoral defeat, nor does he seem ready to relinquish power. Peaceful rallies of unprecedented proportions have flared up across the country to denounce fraud and demand change. Ignoring the calls of its own people and of the international community, Mr Lukashenka's crumbling regime is resorting to all-out repression and violence to quell popular discontent.[...]

Joint Statement on the Presidential election held on 9 August in Belarus

Brussels, 10 August 2020 - "The Central Election Commission announced that
Mr Alyaksandr Lukashenka has been allegedly "re-elected" yesterday as President of Belarus for a 6th consecutive term.

The European Parliament was not invited to observe this election; neither was
the OSCE/ODIHR, much to our dismay. At any rate, many signs point to massive electoral fraud so that we cannot consider this election as legitimate.

Joint Statement on the continued worsening of the election environment in Belarus

Brussels, 19 June 2020 - "We are alarmed by the deteriorating election environment in the run-up to the 9 August presidential election and condemn renewed arrests and harassment of presidential candidates, as well as their supporters, peaceful demonstrators and civil society activists.

We are profoundly disturbed by the arrest, by order of President Lukashenka, of presidential candidate Viktar Babaryka and his son Eduard, who heads his nomination group. We have also been appalled by the anonymous threats made against presidential candidate Svietlana Cichanouskaja and her children; by the intimidation and violence targeting the family and associates of detained video blogger Siarhiej Cichanouski; by the continued harassment of opposition figures, including Mikalai Statkevich and Pavel Severynets; as well as by large-scale arrests of participants of peaceful and legal signature collection campaign events across the country.

Joint Statement on the new wave of arrests in Belarus

Brussels, 1 June 2020 - "We are deeply concerned about the continued failure of the Belarusian authorities to improve the election environment and their manifest lack of intention to create conditions for a genuine level-playing field between the candidates.

Less than a week ago, we already voiced our concerns in an official statement, deploring the crackdown on peaceful protesters and civil society activists. Regrettably, in recent days we have been witnessing a substantial deterioration of the situation.

Joint Statement on the crackdown on opposition & civil society activists in Belarus

Brussels, 27 May 2020 - "As the date of the Presidential election in Belarus -9 August- is coming near, the campaign season has seemingly started off with a nationwide crackdown on peaceful protesters and civil society activists. For example, dozens have been arrested across the country while they were attending meetings of video blogger Siarhiej Cichanouski or protesting his recent detention.

Statement on the EP consent to the EU-BY visa facilitation & readmission agreements

Brussels, 13 May 2020 - "During today's plenary session, the Members of the European Parliament overwhelmingly endorsed the visa facilitation and readmission agreements which the EU and Belarus had signed on 8 January.

While Belarus has already completed the ratification process, the European Parliament's formal consent opens the way for the Council to conclude their ratification, which we hope will proceed smoothly and successfully.

Joint Statement of 2 April 2020 on the detention of journalist S. Satsuk in Belarus

Brussels, 2 April 2020 - "We were alarmed to hear that Mr Siarhei Satsuk, a prominent investigative journalist and editor-in-chief of the Yezhednevnik online publication, has been arrested on 25 March and is facing criminal prosecution on dubious bribery charges -an offence punishable by a prison term in the range of three to ten years under the Criminal Code of Belarus. Officers of the State Control Committee's Department for Financial Investigations have also searched the office of Yezhednevnik, questioned its staff and seized documents.

Statement of 18 November 2019 on the early parliamentary elections in Belarus

Yesterday, Belarusian citizens elected the 110 members of the Chamber of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus.

The European Parliament was not invited to observe these elections.

That said, we paid due attention to the findings of the international observers deployed in Minsk and across the country. In this respect, our appreciation and gratitude go notably to our colleagues from the PACE delegation, the OSCE PA delegation and the ODIHR election observation mission, for the work which they have accomplished on this occasion.

As things stand now, the European Parliament has no official relations with the National Assembly of Belarus, due to this country's failure, so far, to conduct elections in line with internationally agreed democratic standards, and fulfil its commitments when it comes to fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. These early parliamentary elections could have been the U-turn we were waiting for to unblock this situation.

We certainly value the accreditation of a number of local and international observers by the Belarusian authorities, as a token of good will, as we also appreciate the fact that the election day went by calmly.

Nevertheless, these elections were once again marred by a number of malpractices and shortcomings. Electoral law has been applied selectively, with a view to silencing dissenting voices. For example, the two sole independent MPs of the out-going Chamber have been barred from running again, thus depriving the opposition of its parliamentary representation. A number of opposition figures and independent journalists have been discouraged by the biased application of the legislation on slander against public officials. During the campaign, conditions have bene created neither for a real level-playing field between the candidates, nor for a genuine debate amongst them. Long-standing recommendations made by the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR, including those related to the blatantly unbalanced composition of precinct election commissions, administrative chicaneries during the candidacy registration process and the lack of transparency during the counting process, have remained unaddressed.

We believe that the trust of the Belarusian citizens in their institutions will be key in the stability and prosperity of their country. As a consequence, we call on the Belarusian authorities to show a sense of responsibility and take meaningful steps towards the implementation of the aforementioned recommendations, in the run-up of the next year's presidential election.

For the time being, the next meeting of our Delegation, scheduled on 27 November in Strasbourg, will be the occasion to ponder the outcome of yesterday's elections, in the presence of Ms Corien Jonker, Head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission.