Stop violence against people in Belarus: Statement from the Eastern European network of Citizenship Education
The Eastern European Network for Citizenship Education (EENCE) that combines organizations from Eastern European countries and Russia condemns and urges immediately to stop the brutal actions against the protesters of presidential elections.
People and citizens of Belarus shall be granted all the opportunities to enjoy and exercise their rights of freedom of speech, full freedom of information and press, rights of holding democratic elections, demanding their fair results, organizing peaceful protests and assemblies in favor of their electoral rights, protection of their human rights and demonstrate peacefully against any violations of the above mentioned rights. They shall also enjoy their rights of not being tortured, arrested or humiliated.
We express our indignation toward the inhumane behavior of the Belarusian power structures during the suppression of the protests and the detention of their participants. Such violence and cruelty towards people cannot take place in our world – this is a crime against humanity!
We call on the authorities of the Republic of Belarus immediately to stop violence against people in Belarus, their rights and freedoms. The right to freedom of peaceful assembly and peaceful protest are fundamental human rights stated in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We also call on the authorities of the Republic of Belarus to release people who were arrested during the protest actions and start a dialogue on a peaceful settlement of the current situation.
We ask non-governmental organizations involved in civic education and human rights protection in the Eastern Partnership region of the European Union and Russia to help the victims of the protests, as well as to contribute to their human rights protection.
We also ask international organizations and the international community, primarily the European Union, to use all available opportunities for political influence to stop violations of human rights in Belarus and ensure their observation in the future.