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Belarusian MPs offer strong reaction to European parliament’s resolution

July 12, 2012, 1:01 UTC+3
A resolution that the European parliament passed July 5 accuses Belarus of encroachments on human rights and criticizes the national law restricting the freedom of mass media
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MINSK, July 12 (Itar-Tass) — Belarusian MPs on Wednesday offered a strong reaction to a resolution that the European parliament had passed on the situation in Belarus.

They dismissed it as counterproductive.

“The European parliament is still seeking to impose its position on Belarus in what concerns issues that strictly fall into the domain of our internal affairs,” the parliament said in a statement. “Threats are again been made against Belarusian citizens to face new restrictions in obtaining the travel visas.”

It indicates that the European parliament’s actions impede the normalization of a dialogue between Belarus and the EU.

The statement stresses especially the big attention that the Belarusian authorities have paid to the recommendations on a reform of electoral legislation that were issued by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe /OSCE/.

“We believe it would not be either rational or reasonable to introduce new legislative changes in the period of a campaign for parliamentary election /due in September/,” the statement says.

It indicates that the introduction of electoral changes in this manner would contradict the recommendations of international institutions.

A resolution that the European parliament passed July 5 accuses Belarus of encroachments on human rights and criticizes the national law restricting the freedom of mass media, as well as the instances of systemic and growing persecution of civic society activists and oppositionist politicians.

 

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