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Torture allegations are on the agenda in Belarus

Torture allegations in Belarus

Presidential election, held in Belarus over the weekend, was won by the current President Alexander Lukashenko, according to the final results. After the spying in the country, a great internal turmoil started to occur. Events caught the attention of other countries after their further growth.

According to the Central Election Commission, Lukashenko got 80.1 percent and Svetlana Tikhanovskaya got 10.12 percent. The opposition claims that the elections were fraudulent and the figures do not reflect the facts. In the statement made by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya’s election headquarters, it was argued that the election results did not reflect the facts and that the result would not be recognized. Tihanovskaya called on all mayors in the country to organize peaceful actions over the weekend. One of the candidates, Andrey Dmitriyev, stated in his statement that all objections made by the opposition to the election results were rejected by the Central Election Commission.

On the other hand, protests continue in the country. Some of the 6,700 people detained have been released. These people state that they were mistreated and beaten. It was observed that those who were released from prisons late at night had difficulty standing. Some people were transported by ambulances. Human rights activists and observers say there is growing evidence of police violence against detained protesters. Amnesty International explained that the statements of the detainees indicate “widespread torture”.

EU: Sanctions required on Belarus country

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Union (EU) Commission, stated that additional sanctions are required against those who violate democracy and human rights in Belarus. Sharing a message from his social media account, von der Leyen said, “I am sure that the EU foreign ministers who will meet today will reveal the importance we attach to the fundamental freedoms of the Belarusian people and democracy.”

Josep Borrell, High Representative of the EU’s Foreign Relations and Security Policy, stated that the presidential election held in Belarus on 9 August was “not free and fair”, and that they would take measures against those responsible for the use of violence by security officials and tampering with the election results in the subsequent demonstrations and they would review relations with this country. He had reported.

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