The people of Belarus have the right to free choice and democratic elections to express their will. For its part, the Belarussian authorities must refrain from violence and respect the rights of individuals and citizens to freedom of expression and assembly. On Monday, August 10, after the presidential elections in Belarus, Inese Ikstena, Head of the Latvian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), emphasized.
“In the forthcoming meetings of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, member states must discuss what is happening in Belarus, supporting the democratic aspirations of the citizens of Belarus,” I.Ikstena pointed out.
Delegations from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly did not observe the presidential elections in Belarus on 9 August due to late invitations from the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Belarusian Parliament. democratically and legally, said the Head of Delegation.