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The President discussed the situation in Belarus with the Austrian President

2020-09-16

President Gitanas Nausėda had a telephone conversation with President Alexander van der Bellen of Austria to discuss the situation and severe human rights violations in Belarus after the presidential election.

According to the President, we receive daily reports about allegations of brutal torture, ill-treatment and massive arrests of peaceful citizens in Belarus. The European Union and other international organizations must continue demanding the Belarusian authorities to put an end to the violence against their citizens and immediately and unconditionally release all those illegally detained and start a dialogue with their citizens.

Having in mind the deteriorating situation, the President in his letter to UN Secretary General António Guterres he urged to convene an urgent debate of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in Belarus. In a meeting in Geneva on Friday, the Council should pass a resolution asking the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to monitor and publicly report on violations before, during, and after the elections, and to determine the facts and circumstances of such violations, with a view to pursuing accountability.

In a conversation, the President thanked the President of Austria for his support and efforts to achieve this goal unanimously. Austria currently holds the Presidency of the UN Human Rights Council.

Taking the opportunity, the President invited the Austrian leader for a visit to Lithuania.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2020.09.17 09:48

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