In the resolution voted by 574 votes to 37, with 82 abstentions, the European Parliament rejected the results of the presidential election held in Belarus on August 9, won by President Alexander Lukashenko with 80% of the vote.
At the same time, the European Parliament condemns the intimidation and persecution of the protesters, after the “falsified elections of August 9”.
Thus, the EP “condemns the constant intimidation and persecution of strike participants, members of the Coordinating Council and other opposition figures, civil society activists, independent journalists and bloggers, as well as the disproportionate use of force against them; calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all persons arbitrarily detained before and after the rigged elections of 9 August, including Pavel Seviarinet, Mikalai Statkievich, Maria Kalesnikova, Andrei Iahorau, Anton Radniankou and Ivan Krautsou; calls for an end to all legal proceedings for political reasons “, according to the resolution on the situation in Belarus adopted by the European forum on Thursday.
The EP welcomes the Coordinating Council as the interim representative of those calling for democratic change in Belarus, open to all political and social actors.
The European Parliament “supports a peaceful and democratic transition of power as a result of a nationwide dialogue involving all parties and fully respecting the democratic and fundamental rights of the Belarusian people; reiterates, in this regard, the request of the Belarusian people to hold new, free and fair elections as soon as possible, under international supervision, mainly of the OSCE / ODIHR, and in accordance with internationally recognized standards, “according to the source.
The quoted source expresses “the unequivocal support offered to the people of Belarus in their legitimate demands and aspirations for free and fair elections, fundamental freedoms and human rights, democratic representation and political participation, dignity and the right to choose their destiny; notes that the current protest movement in Belarus is based on the broad and widespread demand for democracy in Belarus and that the people of Belarus must enjoy the same fundamental rights of democracy and freedom as all other citizens of the European continent. “
EP calls on the Commission, the VP / HR and the Council to support the democratic opposition in Belarus, including the Coordinating Council headed by Svetlana Tihanovskaia; 8. Expresses its appreciation for the important contribution of the brave women of Belarus, led by Svetlana Tihanovskaia, Veronika Tepkalo and Maria Kalesnikova, and their supporters in expressing and representing the legitimate demands of the Belarusian people; notes that many Belarusian citizens consider Svetlana Tihanovskaia to be the winner of the presidential election and the newly elected President of Belarus.
The European Parliament also calls for the “immediate release of the arrested members of the Coordinating Council: Lilia Vlasova, Maxim Znak, Şiarhei Dileuski and Maria Kolesnikova; insists that any dialogue at national level must take place with the full and unrestricted participation of the Coordinating Council; welcomes the protection afforded to Svetlana Alexievich by representatives of the EU Member States and other countries who share the same vision. “
The EP “deplores, in the harshest terms, the appalling acts of violence and cruel repression and torture to which peaceful protesters and detainees have been subjected; calls for an independent and effective investigation into the protest deaths of the following people: Aliaksandr Taraikouski, Aliaksandr Vikhor, Artiom Parukou, Ghenadi Shutov and Konstantin Shishmakov ”.
The European Forum “calls for an end to all forms of ill-treatment and torture and for the introduction of a specific definition of torture in the Belarussian Penal Code in accordance with international human rights standards and legislative amendments to criminalize enforced disappearances.”
In its resolution on the situation in Belarus, the EP “insists on the need to ensure the right of citizens to exercise their freedom of assembly, association, expression and opinion, as well as to guarantee freedom of the media and therefore the need to to lift all restrictions of fact and law which impede these freedoms; strongly condemns the continued application of the death penalty and calls for its immediate and permanent abolition and, pending the elimination of this type of punishment, calls for the guarantee of an effective right to challenge the death penalty sentences ”.
Belarus’ response was not long in coming, and a few hours later the Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the European Parliament, “which is described as a serious, objective and democratic structure, did not have enough political will to look beyond its nose. to overcome bias and not become a hostage to various issues ”.
“The analysis has been replaced by a series of emotional proposals that lead nowhere. European parliamentarians should have a minimum of knowledge of international law and respect the sovereignty of third countries “, adds the Belarusian MFA.