Belarus and the Human Rights Council: Towards Accountability for Human Rights Violations
The letter from 16 international and Belarusian organizations also calls on to investigate human rights violations in this country.
The human rights organization Amnesty International and 15 international and Belarusian NGOs sent a letter to the UN Human Rights Council, urging to urgently convene a special session to resolve the human rights crisis in Belarus, where mass protests are taking place after the presidential elections, harshly suppressed by the authorities.
The authors of the letter also call for an independent investigation of the ongoing human rights violations in Belarus..
“The 2020 election campaign was marked by an unprecedented level of protest activity and an equally unprecedented suppression of human rights by the authorities. Police used excessive force, including stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannons, against peaceful demonstrators, beating and torturing them in incommunicado detention. In addition, several protesters were killed. The authorities have shown that they will not hesitate to use violence against their own citizens and that they intend to obstruct national investigations of law enforcement abuses, ”said Marie Struthers, Amnesty International Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia..
“We are concerned that if the actions of the authorities go unpunished, even more blood will be shed on the streets of Belarus. The UN Human Rights Council should mandate an international investigation of human rights violations and crimes under international law committed in the run-up to, during and after the presidential elections in order to prevent further serious violations as soon as possible, ”she added..
The open letter was signed by 16 organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), as well as Belarusian human rights organizations – the Assembly of Non-Governmental Democratic Organizations of Belarus, the Belarusian Association of Journalists, the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, the Viasna Human Rights Center and etc.
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