The missions of the United States, Great Britain, Switzerland, and the European Union on behalf of the EU member states represented in Minsk issued a joint statement on the situation in Belarus. The message is published on the website of the EU delegation in Belarus.
“We have repeatedly expressed our solidarity with the people of Belarus, who demand respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms through free and fair elections. We are amazed at the peaceful demonstrations that continue throughout Belarus,” the statement said.
“Since the election, we have witnessed the inhumane and disproportionate use of force by law enforcement agencies against peaceful demonstrators and ordinary citizens. We see a lot of evidence of serious injuries sustained as a result of this use of force. We are also becoming aware of countless cases of ill-treatment and humiliation of detainees, ” said representatives of Western countries, expressing solidarity with the victims of violence and ill-treatment.
In a statement, the countries condemned “the disproportionate use of force and called on the Belarusian authorities to stop violence and threats of using military force against their citizens, as well as to immediately and unconditionally release all those unjustly detained.”
“We call on the Belarusian authorities to respect their international obligations to respect fundamental democratic freedoms and human rights. We look forward to a full and transparent investigation of all alleged crimes and abuses to bring those responsible to justice. Only this will create an opportunity for a peaceful settlement of the crisis based on open national dialogue, ” the statement said.