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Ambassador of the European Union in Belarus, Dirk Schuebel expressed concern about the political persecution in the country on the eve of the presidential elections scheduled for 9 August. This writes Tut.by.
According to him, it is especially important to fully respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual and the authorities would ensure the conditions in which constructive and competitive rivalry.
The EU Ambassador called for the observance of the law and conduct a transparent investigation connected with the activities of the applicant for the post of President of Belarus Victor Babariko. “I hope that law enforcement agencies are investigating the anonymous telephone threats received by the potential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovski, and prosecute those responsible,” said schubel.
The diplomat added that the EU is concerned and the allegations of ill-treatment against activists and poor conditions of detention of persons arrested for participating in peaceful protests in the period from 6 may to 10 June. Schuebel encouraged the authorities to immediately release all arbitrarily detained citizens.
On 16 June it was reported about the opening of the second criminal case against the Belarusian popular blogger Sergei Tikhanovski, who planned to take part in the presidential elections. His wife Svetlana, who has decided instead of her husband to nominate a candidate for the presidency, spoke about her coming threats. At the same time in Brest were detained Alexander Kabanov — the press-Secretary of the initiative group Tikhanovski.
At the same time in Belarus is being investigated against an opponent of Alyaksandr Lukashenka in the forthcoming presidential election Victor Babariko, who said about collecting the necessary number of signatures for his nomination. In the office of Belgazprombank, who previously headed the opposition, were searched. Was detained 15 people prosecuted under articles on the legalization of funds obtained by criminal means and the evasion of taxes in especially large size.
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