Belarus – Opponent Tikhanovskaya wants sanctions against Lukashenko

Refugee in Lithuania, the opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya denounced this Friday the “electoral violations” and “crimes against humanity” committed by senior Belarusian officials.

Belarusian opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa on Friday called on the international community to impose sanctions against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko. (Friday September 4, 2020)

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Nils Melzer, the UN rapporteur on torture, calls on the authorities in Minsk to honor rules such as judicial supervision of all detentions.  (September 1, 2020)

Nils Melzer, the UN rapporteur on torture, calls on the authorities in Minsk to honor rules such as judicial supervision of all detentions. (September 1, 2020)

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Belarusian opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa on Friday called on the international community to impose sanctions against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko. She also wants a UN mission to be sent to “document” human rights violations.

“My country is in turmoil. Peaceful demonstrators are illegally detained, beaten and imprisoned, ”said Svetlana Tikhanovskaya by videoconference at a UN Security Council meeting organized at the initiative of Estonia.

“We ask the UN to immediately send a monitoring mission to Belarus in order to document the situation on the ground,” she added.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who believes she won the August 9 presidential election and is a refugee in Lithuania, deemed the power of Alexander Lukashenko in “moral bankruptcy” and called on the international community to help end the “cynical contempt for human dignity by in the middle of Europe ”.

Call for sanctions

She called for the introduction of sanctions against senior Belarusian officials who “have committed electoral violations and crimes against humanity”.

Tens of thousands of Belarusians have marched since early August to protest against the fraudulent re-election of Alexander Lukashenko, in power since 1994 in the former Soviet republic.

The first demonstrations after the August 9 election were suppressed by force, leaving three dead and dozens injured. More than 7,000 people had been arrested, with those detained reporting violence and torture.

Russian support

Alexander Lukashenko has so far enjoyed the support of Russia, his main economic partner and ally, and denounces a Western plot to bring him down.

Russian representative to the UN Security Council, Dmitri Polianski, on Friday denounced “flagrant interference by foreign powers” in Belarus.

This week, six Belarusian journalists were arrested for covering student protests against Alexander Lukashenko. On Friday, the courts sentenced them to three days in prison.

ATS / NXP

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