Statement #2 of the long-term International Monitoring Mission
January 3rd, 2011
Acting on behalf of the Committee on International Control over the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus, which unites representatives of human rights organizations from the OSCE countries together with international civil society organizations,
monitoring the overall situation with the observance of fundamental human rights in the Republic of Belarus, as well as the issues of defending human rights defenders and ensuring their professional activities;
emphasizing that human rights are subject to the direct and legitimate concern of the international civil society;
urging the government of the Republic of Belarus to follow the international obligations undertaken in the field of human rights, and urging the OSCE member states to control the fulfillment of these obligations according to the OSCE principles;
the International Observation Mission states the following:
Given the statement of the Committee on International Control over the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus of December 31st, 2010 on the non-renewal of the mandate of the OSCE office in Minsk, we are concerned about the possible decrease in the level of cooperation between the authorities of Belarus to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and other international organizations working in sphere of soft security and human dimension.
The Mission hopes that, despite the possible closure of the office, recommendations, reports and other applications on behalf of the OSCE and other international organizations on human rights situation in the Republic of Belarus will be constructively received by the government. We are waiting for Belarus authorities’ acts that would confirm its commitment to all the undertaken international obligations, including those within the CIS and the OSCE.
Under these conditions, we also believe it appropriate direction to the Republic of Belarus, OSCE Special Representative, with a mandate to work on the human dimension. In our opinion, for prompt and effective action in this direction may initiate "Moscow Mechanism" of the OSCE.
"Moscow Mechanism" - the control procedure in the framework of the OSCE, which allows the State / Member States to pursue the OSCE report, the OSCE member countries, allowing systemic human rights violations (in the human dimension commitments) and review of expert reports prepared on the identified violations of the governing bodies of the OSCE .
Head of the Mission