52 countries also made a similar appeal, including the United States.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Belarus demanded that the government in Minsk “stop repressions against its own people,” stating that in August-September, the authorities detained at least 20 thousand people, and that, according to reports, hundreds of people were beaten, intimidated, torture or ill-treatment while in custody.
Anais Marin said that these data were obtained from sources in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and non-governmental organizations..
Most of the detainees were eventually charged with administrative or criminal charges, she said. In total, after the controversial elections on August 9, more than 400 criminal cases were opened against the demonstrators, she said..
Marin called on the Belarusian authorities to release all those who are still in custody “for exercising the right to peaceful assembly and expression, and to allow those who were forced to leave the country to return safely” so that a dialogue with all representatives of civil society can be held “To jointly overcome the current political crisis”.
In a pre-election report, Marin sharply criticized the Belarusian judicial system, which empowers Alexander Lukashenko to appoint, retain and remove judges and prosecutors..
According to her, the licensing and activities of lawyers are also “tightly controlled by the executive branch.”.
Marin’s call was subsequently repeated in a statement from 52 countries, mostly European, to which the EU joined..
They also called for an end to violence against peaceful demonstrators, abuse of pro-democracy members, and intimidation of opposition leaders, journalists, human rights defenders and protestors..
The statement supports “the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people to choose their own path through free and fair elections” and strongly condemns “the repression of the Belarusian authorities against peaceful demonstrators”.
Sven Jurgenson, the Estonian Ambassador to the United Nations, reads out his alarm at reports of “more than 500 cases of torture and other serious violations, including sexual violence, in the post-electoral period”, as well as several arrested or detained persons whose fate is unknown..
Human Rights in Belarus: UN Security Council Arria meeting
The signatory countries, including the United States, Canada, Japan, Liberia, South Korea, Brazil, Chile, Australia and New Zealand, called on the Belarusian authorities to start a dialogue with leaders of the opposition and civil society.
“The Belarusian people have had their say, and we support their calls for unlimited dialogue, free and fair elections, prosecution for human rights violations and abuses, as well as the release of all those arbitrarily detained,” the statement said..