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Sputnik News – World News, Breaking News & Top Stories, Moscow Urges EU to Reconsider Policies Hampering Normalization in Belarus, on September 19, 2020 11:05 AM at 11:05 AM

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia calls on the European Union to reconsider its policies towards Minsk and believes that they lead to erosion of the fundamental rules of the international legal order and prevent the normalization of the situation in the country, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday., MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia calls on the European Union to reconsider its policies towards Minsk and believes that they lead to erosion of the fundamental rules of the international legal order and prevent the normalization of the situation in the country, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday.

Sputnik News – World News, Breaking News & Top Stories, Belarus Warns to Consider Tikhanovskaya’s Meeting With EU Foreign Ministers Meddling, on September 19, 2020 8:48 AM at 8:48 AM

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MINSK (Sputnik) – The participation of former Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in the upcoming meeting of EU foreign ministers next week will amount to interference in Belarus’ internal affairs, Belarusian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anatoly Glaz said on Saturday., MINSK (Sputnik) – The participation of former Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in the upcoming meeting of EU foreign ministers next week will amount to interference in Belarus’ internal affairs, Belarusian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anatoly Glaz said on Saturday.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Belarusian Women Took Part in the Brilliant March of Women’s Solidarity (Online), on September 19, 2020 8:00 AM at 8:00 AM

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Thousands of women walk from the Kamarouski market in Minsk towards Bahdanovicha Street., Thousands of women walk from the Kamarouski market in Minsk towards Bahdanovicha Street.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Hundreds of Minsk Residents Have Achieved the Return of Alena Lazarchyk’s Son, Kidnapped by Lukashists, on September 19, 2020 6:51 AM at 6:51 AM

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The activist of the “European Belarus” was also supported by the Prime Minister of Poland., The activist of the “European Belarus” was also supported by the Prime Minister of Poland.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Mateusz Morawiecki: I Was Shocked by the News That the Belarusian Authorities Are Again Using Children as Hostages, on September 19, 2020 6:31 AM at 6:31 AM

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The Polish Prime Minister called for the son’s return to democratic activists Alena Lazarchyk and Siarhej Mackojtia., The Polish Prime Minister called for the son’s return to democratic activists Alena Lazarchyk and Siarhej Mackojtia.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, The Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine: Lukashenka Is Not the Belarusian People, on September 19, 2020 5:44 AM at 5:44 AM

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Ukraine supported the position of the European Union on non-recognition of the legality of the regime in Belarus., Ukraine supported the position of the European Union on non-recognition of the legality of the regime in Belarus.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, President of Lithuanian Industrialists: Lukashenka’s Regime Won’t Live a Month If He Closes Borders, on September 19, 2020 3:59 AM at 3:59 AM

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Stopping cargo transportation and transit will, first of all, hurt the “cockroach” itself., Stopping cargo transportation and transit will, first of all, hurt the “cockroach” itself.

, Belarus accuses UN Human Rights Council of interfering in internal affairs, on September 19, 2020 2:17 AM at 2:17 AM

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The Belarus Foreign Ministry on Friday described as a “dangerous precedent” a resolution by the UN Human Rights Council calling for UN monitoring of alleged rights violations in Belarus, and accused the council of meddling in its internal affairs., The Belarus Foreign Ministry on Friday described as a “dangerous precedent” a resolution by the UN Human Rights Council calling for UN monitoring of alleged rights violations in Belarus, and accused the council of meddling in its internal affairs.

Human Rights Watch News, International Scrutiny Increases for Belarus, on September 19, 2020 12:00 AM at 12:00 AM

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Protesters objecting to the flawed August presidential election and the government’s brutality, in march along the Independence Prospect during the “March of Unity” rally in Minsk, Belarus on Sunday, Sep. 6, 2020, Belarus.
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Internationally, pressure is increasing on Belarus, where for the past 41 days, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest alleged election fraud in the presidential vote and the ensuing violence against demonstrators by law enforcement.

On September 17, 17 participating countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) announced an independent expert investigation into torture and repression in Belarus. On September 18, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution that sets in motion close UN human rights monitoring of the situation by the UN’s human rights chief, requesting that she provide an oral update by the end of 2020 and a report to the Human Rights Council by March 2021.

The outpouring started the night of the August 9 presidential election. In the first few days after the vote, riot police arrested nearly 7,000 protesters and bystanders and systematically beat and committed acts of torture against hundreds. Authorities arrested and deported dozens of journalists. They arrested or forced into exile most of the country’s political opposition leaders. They have also threatened to fire people from their jobs for protesting.

For a time, the number of arrests dropped, but now they are ticking up again. Police are detaining hundreds of people throughout the country, including students and prominent rights activists, grabbing them from home and work, accusing them of participating in past protests. On September 17, they arrested Maria Ryabkova, a human rights defender with Viasna, one of Belarus’s top human rights groups, who documented police torture in recent weeks.

In contrast, authorities have yet to launch a single criminal investigation into the well-documented cases of torture.

For weeks, the protests and crackdown have made headlines, with the latter drawing international condemnation. Hopefully, the recent moves by both the OSCE and the UN Human Rights Council show that international attention on Belarus will not only be sustained but increase.

These inquiries do not eliminate, but rather underscore Belarus’ own obligations to hold police accountable for beating, sexually abusing, and humiliating detained protesters and others. The inquiries will also help establish an authoritative, independent record of the abuses, and maintain the spotlight on Belarusian authorities’ conduct for months to come.

Importantly, the inquiries will also signal to those fighting for their rights in Belarus that they are not alone.

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Protesters objecting to the flawed August presidential election and the government’s brutality, in march along the Independence Prospect during the “March of Unity” rally in Minsk, Belarus on Sunday, Sep. 6, 2020, Belarus.
© 2020 SIPA USA via AP

Internationally, pressure is increasing on Belarus, where for the past 41 days, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest alleged election fraud in the presidential vote and the ensuing violence against demonstrators by law enforcement.

On September 17, 17 participating countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) announced an independent expert investigation into torture and repression in Belarus. On September 18, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution that sets in motion close UN human rights monitoring of the situation by the UN’s human rights chief, requesting that she provide an oral update by the end of 2020 and a report to the Human Rights Council by March 2021.

The outpouring started the night of the August 9 presidential election. In the first few days after the vote, riot police arrested nearly 7,000 protesters and bystanders and systematically beat and committed acts of torture against hundreds. Authorities arrested and deported dozens of journalists. They arrested or forced into exile most of the country’s political opposition leaders. They have also threatened to fire people from their jobs for protesting.

For a time, the number of arrests dropped, but now they are ticking up again. Police are detaining hundreds of people throughout the country, including students and prominent rights activists, grabbing them from home and work, accusing them of participating in past protests. On September 17, they arrested Maria Ryabkova, a human rights defender with Viasna, one of Belarus’s top human rights groups, who documented police torture in recent weeks.

In contrast, authorities have yet to launch a single criminal investigation into the well-documented cases of torture.

For weeks, the protests and crackdown have made headlines, with the latter drawing international condemnation. Hopefully, the recent moves by both the OSCE and the UN Human Rights Council show that international attention on Belarus will not only be sustained but increase.

These inquiries do not eliminate, but rather underscore Belarus’ own obligations to hold police accountable for beating, sexually abusing, and humiliating detained protesters and others. The inquiries will also help establish an authoritative, independent record of the abuses, and maintain the spotlight on Belarusian authorities’ conduct for months to come.

Importantly, the inquiries will also signal to those fighting for their rights in Belarus that they are not alone.

Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines, Hong Kong Offers a Glimpse of One Belarus Future, on September 18, 2020 9:00 PM at 9:00 PM

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Hong Kong Offers a Glimpse of One Belarus Future(Bloomberg Opinion) — Two unpopular leaders, two powerful backers. Pictures this week of Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko beaming for the cameras, leaning in eagerly to address an impassive Russian president, evoked another pair 4,000 miles away and months earlier. Against a similar background of street unrest, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam found support from China’s President Xi Jinping last year. It’s not a parallel that bodes well for Minsk’s burgeoning opposition.Under pressure since claiming victory in a disputed election last month, and facing demonstrations that show no sign of fading, Lukashenko has turned to Vladimir Putin for succor. Moscow sees its smaller neighbor as a crucial, Russia-friendly buffer with Europe, and has no desire to see a popular uprising result in genuine democracy. Belarus’s leader, meanwhile, needs financial fortification and a hint of military support. Lam, too, received solace in Beijing last year during months of tumult and after a painful local election defeat. Both got what they wanted: a televised display of support to appease elites and security forces at home.From the start, the crowds in Minsk learned from Hong Kong’s broad-based, leaderless campaign. They, too, were making demands of a system ill-equipped to compromise. The current stalemate between the opposition and Lukashenko looks familiar. Could Hong Kong, then, offer a hint of what may be next for Belarus, as the leadership digs in? It’s a path that includes more aggressive tactics by police and protesters, more government efforts to silence opponents, and economic stagnation.There are pronounced differences between the two. Hong Kong, after all, is a Chinese autonomous territory and a financial center with a penchant for laissez-faire capitalism. Belarus is an independent country in the heart of Europe with many Soviet traits. Hong Kong’s demonstrations were triggered by efforts to preserve the former colony’s freedoms; marchers on the other side of the world were demanding a change from the status quo.Yet both are pro-democracy movements under the shadow of a superpower. Hong Kong’s endgame provides a glimpse of one possible future.In the first instance, this would include increasingly tough tactics as the government compensates for lost legitimacy. In Hong Kong, violence escalated as protests dragged on, Lam remained unmoved and police began to deploy tear gas and water cannon. Eventually huge quantities of gas were used, along with rubber bullets and even live ammunition. A Hong Kong-style escalation in Belarus would probably require the government to perceive a greater threat: say, if widespread strikes resumed in tandem with protests. That isn’t impossible. The past weeks’ demonstrations have been relatively peaceful, after the beatings and rubber bullets of the first days after the August presidential election, yet arrests continue and masked special forces police are pulling people off the street.Support from a muscular power removes the incentive to meet halfway, and Lukashenko has already hounded out or jailed all opposition leaders. Maryia Rohava of the University of Oslo points out that officials are going to great lengths to remove symbols, like the white-red-white flags associated with the opposition, or painting over protest murals. That’s familiar to Hong Kong, where Lennon Walls have been scrubbed and a television director was pressed to quit this week after rubber gloves were displayed in a sitcom in a way that hinted at a protest slogan.The former British colony shows that such crises offer the opportunity for the protecting nation to step in more forcefully. Beijing has tightened its grip, as seen with the passing of a national security law for Hong Kong. Minsk’s predicament is more complex. Lukashenko needs Putin’s support, but with few alternatives the Kremlin also needs him, says Nigel Gould-Davies, a former British ambassador to Belarus who’s now with the International Institute for Strategic Studies. The shape of a closer union and intervention is still unclear, but dependence links will be tighter.The economic front looks little better. Hong Kong has struggled since last year, as mainland tourists and shoppers stay home — a slump exacerbated by the pandemic. Multinationals have become increasingly wary, as the independence of Hong Kong’s judicial system and its broader autonomy comes into question. Still, Chinese corporates have the firepower to make a difference and are keeping the stock market active. Belarus is no global financial hub and Russia will ensure it survives, but not that it thrives: Its IT industry, a growing part of an otherwise unimpressive economy, is already seeing a brain drain. Every comparison has its limits. While Belarus may be in a Hong Kong-style impasse, its trajectory could be very different if the elite begins to crack, perhaps encouraged by an organized opposition in exile. A heavily personalized system is also limited by the mortality of the leader. Hong Kong’s precedent serves to temper any flights of optimism.This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Clara Ferreira Marques is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering commodities and environmental, social and governance issues. Previously, she was an associate editor for Reuters Breakingviews, and editor and correspondent for Reuters in Singapore, India, the U.K., Italy and Russia.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

, (Bloomberg Opinion) — Two unpopular leaders, two powerful backers. Pictures this week of Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko beaming for the cameras, leaning in eagerly to address an impassive Russian president, evoked another pair 4,000 miles away and months earlier. Against a similar background of street unrest, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam found support from China’s President Xi Jinping last year. It’s not a parallel that bodes well for Minsk’s burgeoning opposition.Under pressure since claiming victory in a disputed election last month, and facing demonstrations that show no sign of fading, Lukashenko has turned to Vladimir Putin for succor. Moscow sees its smaller neighbor as a crucial, Russia-friendly buffer with Europe, and has no desire to see a popular uprising result in genuine democracy. Belarus’s leader, meanwhile, needs financial fortification and a hint of military support. Lam, too, received solace in Beijing last year during months of tumult and after a painful local election defeat. Both got what they wanted: a televised display of support to appease elites and security forces at home.From the start, the crowds in Minsk learned from Hong Kong’s broad-based, leaderless campaign. They, too, were making demands of a system ill-equipped to compromise. The current stalemate between the opposition and Lukashenko looks familiar. Could Hong Kong, then, offer a hint of what may be next for Belarus, as the leadership digs in? It’s a path that includes more aggressive tactics by police and protesters, more government efforts to silence opponents, and economic stagnation.There are pronounced differences between the two. Hong Kong, after all, is a Chinese autonomous territory and a financial center with a penchant for laissez-faire capitalism. Belarus is an independent country in the heart of Europe with many Soviet traits. Hong Kong’s demonstrations were triggered by efforts to preserve the former colony’s freedoms; marchers on the other side of the world were demanding a change from the status quo.Yet both are pro-democracy movements under the shadow of a superpower. Hong Kong’s endgame provides a glimpse of one possible future.In the first instance, this would include increasingly tough tactics as the government compensates for lost legitimacy. In Hong Kong, violence escalated as protests dragged on, Lam remained unmoved and police began to deploy tear gas and water cannon. Eventually huge quantities of gas were used, along with rubber bullets and even live ammunition. A Hong Kong-style escalation in Belarus would probably require the government to perceive a greater threat: say, if widespread strikes resumed in tandem with protests. That isn’t impossible. The past weeks’ demonstrations have been relatively peaceful, after the beatings and rubber bullets of the first days after the August presidential election, yet arrests continue and masked special forces police are pulling people off the street.Support from a muscular power removes the incentive to meet halfway, and Lukashenko has already hounded out or jailed all opposition leaders. Maryia Rohava of the University of Oslo points out that officials are going to great lengths to remove symbols, like the white-red-white flags associated with the opposition, or painting over protest murals. That’s familiar to Hong Kong, where Lennon Walls have been scrubbed and a television director was pressed to quit this week after rubber gloves were displayed in a sitcom in a way that hinted at a protest slogan.The former British colony shows that such crises offer the opportunity for the protecting nation to step in more forcefully. Beijing has tightened its grip, as seen with the passing of a national security law for Hong Kong. Minsk’s predicament is more complex. Lukashenko needs Putin’s support, but with few alternatives the Kremlin also needs him, says Nigel Gould-Davies, a former British ambassador to Belarus who’s now with the International Institute for Strategic Studies. The shape of a closer union and intervention is still unclear, but dependence links will be tighter.The economic front looks little better. Hong Kong has struggled since last year, as mainland tourists and shoppers stay home — a slump exacerbated by the pandemic. Multinationals have become increasingly wary, as the independence of Hong Kong’s judicial system and its broader autonomy comes into question. Still, Chinese corporates have the firepower to make a difference and are keeping the stock market active. Belarus is no global financial hub and Russia will ensure it survives, but not that it thrives: Its IT industry, a growing part of an otherwise unimpressive economy, is already seeing a brain drain. Every comparison has its limits. While Belarus may be in a Hong Kong-style impasse, its trajectory could be very different if the elite begins to crack, perhaps encouraged by an organized opposition in exile. A heavily personalized system is also limited by the mortality of the leader. Hong Kong’s precedent serves to temper any flights of optimism.This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Clara Ferreira Marques is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering commodities and environmental, social and governance issues. Previously, she was an associate editor for Reuters Breakingviews, and editor and correspondent for Reuters in Singapore, India, the U.K., Italy and Russia.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

World : NPR, Lithuania Seeks U.S. Support For More Robust International Policy Toward Belarus, on September 18, 2020 3:58 PM at 3:58 PM

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Lithuania’s foreign minister visited Washington, D.C., this week, trying to marshal U.S. support for a diplomatic push for a peaceful transition of power in protest-torn Belarus.


, Lithuania’s foreign minister visited Washington, D.C., this week, trying to marshal U.S. support for a diplomatic push for a peaceful transition of power in protest-torn Belarus.

Latest, UN steps up monitoring of reported abuses in Belarus, raising stakes, on September 18, 2020 12:31 PM at 12:31 PM

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Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya demanded on Friday an international mission to document what she called “atrocities” during crackdowns on anti-government protests, but said she was ready for talks to end weeks of violence., Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya demanded on Friday an international mission to document what she called “atrocities” during crackdowns on anti-government protests, but said she was ready for talks to end weeks of violence.

Sputnik News – World News, Breaking News & Top Stories, Belarus Has Sanctions List in Response to EU Planned Restrictions, Foreign Minister Says, on September 18, 2020 12:13 PM at 12:13 PM

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Belarus has prepared its own sanctions list in response to the European Union’s planned measures, Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said Friday., MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Belarus has prepared its own sanctions list in response to the European Union’s planned measures, Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said Friday.

Deutsche Welle, Belarus: UN rights council adopts monitoring of protest crackdown, on September 18, 2020 10:47 AM at 10:47 AM

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The UN human rights council backed a resolution authorizing further scrutiny of the clampdown on anti-government protests. Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya accused police of committing "atrocities.", The UN human rights council backed a resolution authorizing further scrutiny of the clampdown on anti-government protests. Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya accused police of committing "atrocities."

, Week in Review: Israeli-Gulf deals, Sweden’s Covid-19 gamble and a women’s revolution in Belarus, on September 18, 2020 10:15 AM at 10:15 AM

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The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have signed agreements to normalise relations with Israel, becoming the latest Arab states to break a longstanding taboo in a strategic realignment of Middle Eastern countries against Iran. Also this week, we speak to exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya about her hopes for a peaceful transition in Belarus and take stock of Sweden’s uncommon strategy against the coronavirus pandemic, six months after France and other countries around the world went into a strict lockdown., The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have signed agreements to normalise relations with Israel, becoming the latest Arab states to break a longstanding taboo in a strategic realignment of Middle Eastern countries against Iran. Also this week, we speak to exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya about her hopes for a peaceful transition in Belarus and take stock of Sweden’s uncommon strategy against the coronavirus pandemic, six months after France and other countries around the world went into a strict lockdown.

Deutsche Welle, Belarus opposition leader demands UN action over crackdown ‘atrocities’, on September 18, 2020 9:56 AM at 9:56 AM

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Opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has called for a strong reaction to the crackdown on protesters. In a UN address, she said the regime had used "extensive force" in clear violation of international norms., Opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has called for a strong reaction to the crackdown on protesters. In a UN address, she said the regime had used "extensive force" in clear violation of international norms.

News – belsat.eu, Russian FM Lavrov says Belarus and Russia set to reform Union State, on September 18, 2020 9:11 AM at 9:11 AM

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In an interview with RTVI, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently spoke about the future of the Union State and criticized Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya.

Lavrov noted that work on the further development of the Union State is underway, and it is based on the 1999 agreement.

“There are 31 road maps. Each of them is dedicated to a specific section of the Union Treaty. So there is a disposition to continue the reform. This was confirmed by the presidents in a recent telephone conversation. This is confirmed by the meeting of the presidents in Sochi,” he said.

According to Lavrov, in Belarus “the situation is tense now because the opposition is trying to challenge the election results”.

“I am convinced that as soon as the situation returns to normal, the work on promoting the integration processes will resume,” the minister added.

The Russian Foreign Minister criticized Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya and the Belarusian opposition in general. According to the minister, the neighboring countries allegedly manipulate the Belarusian opposition and “frenziedly set it” against Russia.

“I have already spoken several times about the situation in which Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya found herself. That she is not speaking in her own voice is obvious to me. She is in the capital of Lithuania (Vilnius), which is in the forefront, together with our Polish colleagues, demanding a change of power. You know that Lithuania has already declared Tsikhanouskaya the leader of the Republic of Belarus, and Lukashenka has been declared an illegitimate president. And Tsikhanouskaya makes statements that, of course, raise a huge number of questions”.

In particular, Lavrov was outraged by Tsikhanouskaya’s appeal to the security forces:

“The other day she announced that she calls on the security officials to take the side of the law. This is a direct invitation to betray the oath and treason. This is probably a criminal offense”.

Lavrov has accused the Belarusian opposition of wanting to move towards the EU and NATO, to carry out Belarusiffication and supplant the Russian language.

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, In an interview with RTVI, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently spoke about the future of the Union State and criticized Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya.

Sputnik News – World News, Breaking News & Top Stories, Belarusian Lawmakers Slam EU Parliament’s Resolution as Meddling, Destabilising, on September 18, 2020 8:58 AM at 8:58 AM

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MINSK (Sputnik) – The European Parliament is trying to split up the Belarusian society, destabilise the political and economic situation, the presidium of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament said Friday in response to the recent resolution., MINSK (Sputnik) – The European Parliament is trying to split up the Belarusian society, destabilise the political and economic situation, the presidium of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament said Friday in response to the recent resolution.

News | Euronews RSS, Cyprus ‘holding up’ EU sanctions on Belarus over bloc’s stance on Turkey, on September 18, 2020 8:24 AM at 8:24 AM

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European diplomats say Cypriot officials are threatening to veto sanctions against Minsk if the EU does not consider action over a separate dispute in the Mediterranean Sea., European diplomats say Cypriot officials are threatening to veto sanctions against Minsk if the EU does not consider action over a separate dispute in the Mediterranean Sea.

World news | The Guardian, Belarus could bring down ‘another iron curtain’ across Europe, on September 18, 2020 7:50 AM at 7:50 AM

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UN investigator warns of ‘catastrophic’ stiuation with more than 10,000 protesters ‘abusively arrested’

A United Nations investigator has warned of the danger of “another iron curtain” falling across Europe during an ill-tempered debate in Geneva on alleged human rights violations in Belarus.

“Let’s not allow another iron curtain to descend on the European continent,” Anaïs Marin, the UN’s special rapporteur on Belarus, said, in an urgent session of the body’s 47-member human rights council that was repeatedly interrupted by procedural objections from Belarus, Russia, China and Venezuela.

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, UN investigator warns of ‘catastrophic’ stiuation with more than 10,000 protesters ‘abusively arrested’
A United Nations investigator has warned of the danger of “another iron curtain” falling across Europe during an ill-tempered debate in Geneva on alleged human rights violations in Belarus.
“Let’s not allow another iron curtain to descend on the European continent,” Anaïs Marin, the UN’s special rapporteur on Belarus, said, in an urgent session of the body’s 47-member human rights council that was repeatedly interrupted by procedural objections from Belarus, Russia, China and Venezuela. Continue reading…

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, 350 Graduates Of BSU Physics Faculty Call To Hold New Presidential Election In Belarus, on September 18, 2020 6:59 AM at 6:59 AM

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Among the signatories is the first head of independent Belarus Stanislau Shushkevich., Among the signatories is the first head of independent Belarus Stanislau Shushkevich.

Sputnik News – World News, Breaking News & Top Stories, Group of 570 Hasidic Pilgrims Leaving Belarus-Ukraine Border, on September 18, 2020 4:22 AM at 4:22 AM

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MINSK(Sputnik) – A group of 570 Hasidic pilgrims is leaving the Belarusian-Ukrainian border unable to travel to the Ukrainian city of Uman to celebrate the Jewish New Year, a spokesman for the Gomel Border Group said on Friday., MINSK(Sputnik) – A group of 570 Hasidic pilgrims is leaving the Belarusian-Ukrainian border unable to travel to the Ukrainian city of Uman to celebrate the Jewish New Year, a spokesman for the Gomel Border Group said on Friday.

Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines, Germany seeks more scrutiny of Belarus by top UN rights body, on September 18, 2020 3:39 AM at 3:39 AM

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Germany seeks more scrutiny of Belarus by top UN rights bodyGermany has presented a resolution at the U.N.’s top human rights body that raises concerns about torture, “arbitrary deprivations of life,” and sexual and gender-based violence linked to Belarus’ disputed presidential election last month. The resolution came as the Human Rights Council prepares for an urgent debate Friday on the situation in Belarus. It points to the alleged intimidation, harassment and detention of opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko’s government before and after the Aug. 9 election.

, Germany has presented a resolution at the U.N.’s top human rights body that raises concerns about torture, “arbitrary deprivations of life,” and sexual and gender-based violence linked to Belarus’ disputed presidential election last month. The resolution came as the Human Rights Council prepares for an urgent debate Friday on the situation in Belarus. It points to the alleged intimidation, harassment and detention of opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko’s government before and after the Aug. 9 election.

Sputnik News – World News, Breaking News & Top Stories, Belarus’ Borders With Lithuania, Poland Closed Due to Illegal Activities, Source Says, on September 18, 2020 3:32 AM at 3:32 AM

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s statement on the closure of the country’s borders with Lithuania and Poland implies that they were shut down due to illegal activities and from the threat of territorial encroachment, a source in a Belarusian state organ familiar with the situation said on Friday., MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s statement on the closure of the country’s borders with Lithuania and Poland implies that they were shut down due to illegal activities and from the threat of territorial encroachment, a source in a Belarusian state organ familiar with the situation said on Friday.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Lukashenka Threatened Our Neighbors With War At Concert, on September 18, 2020 2:35 AM at 2:35 AM

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The dictator does not like that Poland and Lithuania are in solidarity with the Belarusian people., The dictator does not like that Poland and Lithuania are in solidarity with the Belarusian people.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Lithuanian Foreign Minister About Lukashenka’s Words: Inadequate Reaction Of Inadequate Person, on September 18, 2020 1:30 AM at 1:30 AM

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Linas Linkevičius has commented on the usurper’s raving about closing the borders., Linas Linkevičius has commented on the usurper’s raving about closing the borders.

Deutsche Welle, Belarus president puts military on alert amid EU border tensions, on September 17, 2020 7:25 PM at 7:25 PM

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Belarus says it has closed its border with EU countries. But Polish officials have described the action as just "another element of the propaganda campaign," saying the situation at the border hasn’t changed., Belarus says it has closed its border with EU countries. But Polish officials have described the action as just "another element of the propaganda campaign," saying the situation at the border hasn’t changed.

, Belarus to close borders with Poland and Lithuania, put troops on alert, on September 17, 2020 7:13 PM at 7:13 PM

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Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, dogged by weeks of protests over a disputed election, said on Thursday that Belarus needs to close its borders with Poland and Lithuania, and strengthen border controls with Ukraine., Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, dogged by weeks of protests over a disputed election, said on Thursday that Belarus needs to close its borders with Poland and Lithuania, and strengthen border controls with Ukraine.

Sputnik News – World News, Breaking News & Top Stories, Western Nations Demand Belarus Stop Blocking Internet Access in Joint Statement, on September 17, 2020 7:00 PM at 7:00 PM

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The US joined 28 other countries on Thursday in calling for an end to internet shutdowns in Belarus, where protests against President Alexander Lukashenko’s reelection have raged since his August victory. Minsk has accused the US of orchestrating the demonstrations., The US joined 28 other countries on Thursday in calling for an end to internet shutdowns in Belarus, where protests against President Alexander Lukashenko’s reelection have raged since his August victory. Minsk has accused the US of orchestrating the demonstrations.

News – belsat.eu, Lukashenka vows to close borders of Belarus, on September 17, 2020 5:36 PM at 5:36 PM

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Speaking at the women’s pro-government forum, Alyaksandr Lukashenka warned about the threat of war and said that Belarus was forced to close the border with the West,” BelTA writes.

“We are forced to withdraw the troops from the streets, put half of the army on high alert and close the state border in the west — with Lithuania and Poland. We are forced to strengthen the state border, unfortunately, with our fraternal Ukraine,” Lukashenka said.

Lukashenka said that he was “not an aggressor, but a very peaceful person”.

“I don’t want our country to be at war. Moreover, I do not want Belarus and Poland, Lithuania to turn into a battlefield, where foreign interests will be promoted. Therefore, today, in front of this hall of the most beautiful, knowledgeable, patriotic people, I want to appeal to the peoples of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine. Stop your crazy politicians, don’t let them start a war!”

Lukashenka stressed that in recent days he has been forced “together with the President of Russia and the Minister of Defense to build up the common defense of the Union State”.

Lukashenka turned to women with a request:

“You will return home. Tell at home, in every village, in town, big and small, tell people what’s really going on. Today the issue of Belarus, Russia and, perhaps, all of Europe, not only Eastern, is being resolved here. We can’t have a real war here,” he stressed.

“I just said that there are very few techniques left in their arsenal. And we are on the brink of a terrible disaster. If they come here, we will have to answer. We will not kneel. Even if we are alone,” he said.

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, Speaking at the women’s pro-government forum, Alyaksandr Lukashenka warned about the threat of war and said that Belarus was forced to close the border with the West,” BelTA writes.

News – belsat.eu, European Parliament recognizes Coordination Council as ‘temporary representative’ of Belarusian people, on September 17, 2020 4:53 PM at 4:53 PM

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On September 17, MEPs adopted a resolution on the situation in Belarus, in which they condemned the violence and repression in the country. They also confirmed that they did not recognize the results of the presidential elections.

The document emphasizes that after the expiration of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s the term of office the European Parliament will not consider him the president of Belarus. At the same time, the European Parliament recognizes the Coordination Council as “a temporary representative of the people, who demands democratic changes in Belarus”.

MEPs demand the release of political prisoners and all those arbitrarily detained, an investigation into the torture and death of people during the protests. MEPs are calling for sanctions against those responsible for the violence against peaceful protesters and electoral fraud. From the point of view of parliamentarians, the sanctions should be extended to some Russian citizens who support the Lukashenka regime.

The resolution condemns Russia’s “hybrid intervention” in the situation in Belarus in the form of sending media experts and security consultants to the country.

In addition, the MEPs recommended that the European Commission increase funding for civil society in Belarus, not to transfer money to state structures, not to give loans to the Belarusian authorities from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Investment Bank.

The authors of the resolution urge to simplify the issuance of visas to political refugees and everyone who suffered from the violence of the security forces, as well as to develop a special scholarship program for students expelled from Belarusian universities for political reasons.

Separately, MEPs urged not to hold the World Ice Hockey Championship in Belarus in 2021.

As many as 574 deputies voted for the document, 37 were against, 82 abstained.

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, On September 17, MEPs adopted a resolution on the situation in Belarus, in which they condemned the violence and repression in the country. They also confirmed that they did not recognize the results of the presidential elections.

Deutsche Welle, OSCE to investigate human rights during Belarus election, on September 17, 2020 3:37 PM at 3:37 PM

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Seventeen members of the OSCE have agreed to assign an independent team of investigators to probe election rigging and human rights abuses in Belarus stemming from August’s ballot. They may not be able to go to Belarus., Seventeen members of the OSCE have agreed to assign an independent team of investigators to probe election rigging and human rights abuses in Belarus stemming from August’s ballot. They may not be able to go to Belarus.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Lukashenka Said He Closes Border With Lithuania And Poland, on September 17, 2020 1:28 PM at 1:28 PM

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Cockroach announced it at a concert, where captured women from all over the country were brought., Cockroach announced it at a concert, where captured women from all over the country were brought.

World news | The Guardian, EU Belarus sanctions in doubt as Cyprus demands action against Turkey, on September 17, 2020 12:20 PM at 12:20 PM

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Veto threat from EU member threatens to derail plans to sanction Belarusian officials

Cyprus is threatening to block European Union sanctions on Belarus because the bloc has declined to levy similar measures against Turkey over a long-simmering dispute about maritime rights in the eastern Mediterranean.

The collision between two unrelated foreign policy crises on the EU’s doorstep – the standoff between Belarus’s leader Alexander Lukashenko and the people, and rising tensions in the eastern Mediterranean over Turkish drilling – has dismayed EU diplomats.

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, Veto threat from EU member threatens to derail plans to sanction Belarusian officials
Cyprus is threatening to block European Union sanctions on Belarus because the bloc has declined to levy similar measures against Turkey over a long-simmering dispute about maritime rights in the eastern Mediterranean.
The collision between two unrelated foreign policy crises on the EU’s doorstep – the standoff between Belarus’s leader Alexander Lukashenko and the people, and rising tensions in the eastern Mediterranean over Turkish drilling – has dismayed EU diplomats. Continue reading…

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, OSCE will Create an Expert Mission on Belarus, on September 17, 2020 11:54 AM at 11:54 AM

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17 OSCE participating states announced the initiation of the “Moscow Mechanism” to investigate the events in Belarus., 17 OSCE participating states announced the initiation of the “Moscow Mechanism” to investigate the events in Belarus.