UNP Members are seriously concerned about the further pressure being put on human rights in Belarus. Following on from recent developments concerning TUT.by, and the detention of its journalists in Minsk, the legislative changes of 24 May have further raised our concerns by adding new punitive measures to the existing limitations on freedom of the media and freedom of assembly. The fate of journalist and activist Roman Protasevich is of particular concern and we are following his situation very closely.
UNP EaP CSF Steering Committee Statement
condemning the unprecedented act of air piracy and seizing of
Belarusian journalist Raman Pratasevich
UNP EaP CSF Steering Committee supported the EaP CSF Steering Committee Statement from 25 May 2021 condemning the unprecedented act of air piracy and seizing of Belarusian journalist Raman Pratasevich.
We demand that the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine should impose sectoral economic sanctions on Belarus and personal sanctions on Belarusian companies and their owners under EU sanctions.
We call on the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to grant refugees from the Lukashenka regime the status of “temporary protection” in Ukraine as soon as possible as provided by the Law of Ukraine “On Refugees and Persons in Need of Additional or Temporary Protection”.
We welcome the European Council Conclusions from May 24 2021 and the unanimous condemnation of this coercive act.
We call on the EU Council, European Commission to put in place, without delay, the fourth package of sanctions against the leading figures of the regime and officials who took part in electoral fraud during the August 2020 presidential elections and subsequent human rights violations, as well as Belarusian companies that support the regime of A. Lukashenka.
We call on the EU Council, European Commission to initiate and swiftly impose further sanctions on the masterminds and perpetrators of the kidnapping of Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega.
We call on EU member states and EaP countries to suspend international aviation agreements that allow flights to enter or leave Belarusian air space. We call on the EU to coordinate these steps with allied Western countries.
We call on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to immediately start an investigation into this act of state-sponsored aviation piracy.
We call on the European External Action Service and the diplomatic representations of EU member states in Minsk to monitor the situations of the kidnapped persons and provide them with legal and any further assistance.
We call on the EU member states and the European Commission to take stock of the upcoming Covid-19 pandemic recovery payouts to the Belarusian regime, including those to be made through the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and to stop these payments.
We call on the EU member states, European External Action Service and the European Commission to keep following the situation of the repressed Belarusian journalists, activists and civil society representatives who are facing increasing pressure and hostile actions from the regime. The ongoing EU support to free media and civil society as well as visa and relocation assistance has to be stepped up in relation to the regime’s actions against its opponents.
We call on the Belarusian authorities to swiftly release Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega.
Members of the Steering Committee
of the Ukrainian National Platform of the EaP CSF
UNP EaP CSF Steering Committee Statement condemning the unprecedented act of air piracy and seizing of Belarusian journalist Raman Pratasevich, 26 May 2021