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Belarus: PACE Political Affairs Committee condemns the prosecution of political opponents

"Given the ongoing harassment and political trials of civil society and political opponents, and continuing the restrictions of freedom of speech and association, the human rights situation in Belarus is deteriorating and remains a matter of serious concern," today said Sinikka Hurskainen (Finland, SOC), outgoing PACE's rapporteur on Belarus.

Human Rights Defenders in Belarus are severely persecuted: Statement of Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

In Belarus, the crackdown on opposition politicians, civil society groups, human rights defenders and media continues. While no less than seven hundred demonstrators were arrested in the evening after the elections of 19 December, several of them have now been brought to court, have faced unsubstantiated charges and received extreme sentences.

Human rights activists from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus are detained in Minsk. Two Russians Must Leave Belarus in 24 Hours

4 May 2011--Today at approximately 18.30pm [Minsk], officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus have thwarted the presentation of the an independent report prepared by an independent expert group led by Mr Neil Jarman, the Special Rapporteur of the Committee on International Control over the Human Rights Situation in Belarus. The objectives of the report were limited to an impartial assessment of the events which took place on 19 December 2010, including civic protests on Independence Square, ensuing arrests and detentions, without analysis of the implementation and results of the Presidential elections.