BRUSSELS, Feb. 9 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The European Union denounced this Wednesday the situation in Belarus, where the spiral of repression by Alexander Lukashenko’s regime continues a year and a half after the elections that won him a sixth presidential term.
“In Belarus, the violation of Human Rights and the brutal repression against all segments of society continue,” condemned the office of the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, 18 months after the start of the crisis.
Thus, community diplomacy has denounced that there are more than a thousand political prisoners in Belarus, 1,040 exactly, including 33 media workers. “Cases of new politically motivated sentences are reported every day. Many detainees have been subjected to abuse and mistreatment and sentenced in political trials behind closed doors,” he said.
On Lukashenko’s crusade against independent journalism, the EU has criticized that hundreds of journalists have been forced to leave the country and the regime has outlawed several platforms and harassed those who want access to independent information.
For this reason, the European bloc has sent a message of support to journalists, understanding that at this time they provide “crucial” work for Belarusian citizens and Europeans in general.
And he has reiterated the demand for Minsk to release political prisoners and stressed that together with international partners he will work to ensure that the perpetrators of the repression pay for their actions.