UN Human Rights Council Holds A Debate on Belarus
The United Nations Human Rights Council will discuss the situation in Belarus on Friday after Germany called for an urgent debate.
According to Germany, there has been a “sharp deterioration” in human rights in the Eastern European country since the controversial elections last month.
The German request for a debate was embraced by 25 members of the Human Rights Council. Two countries voted against, and twenty other countries abstained, council chairwoman Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger reported.
According to Germany, disappearances, kidnappings, deportations and arbitrary detentions are commonplace in Belarus.
According to the Belarusian UN ambassador, the proposal is part of a “comprehensive political campaign organized by the European Union in support of the political forces in Belarus that have lost the elections”. He argues that the EU is partly to blame for maintaining the political impasse in his country.
Belarus has been very unsettled for some time now after President Aleksandr Lukashenko claimed victory in the August elections.
According to the opposition, the result has been fraudulent. Lukashenko himself is in Russia on Monday for consultations with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.