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Statement on the Final Human Rights Assessment of the Events of 19 December 2010 in Minsk, Belarus

United States Mission to the OSCE
Statement on the Final Human
Rights Assessment of the Events of
19 December 2010 in Minsk, Belarus
As prepared for delivery by Ambassador Ian Kelly
to the Permanent Council, Vienna
February 9, 2012

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
The United States remains deeply concerned about serious violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Belarus. I would like to bring to the Permanent Council’s attention the Final Human Rights Assessment of the Events of 19 December 2010 in Minsk, Belarus.  This assessment was issued by Neil Jarman, the Special Rapporteur appointed by the Committee on International Control over the Human Rights Situation in Belarus.  He was assisted by a group of experts on freedom of assembly and police response measures from OSCE countries.

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