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Belarus accuses UN Human Rights Council of interfering in internal affairs

Issued on: 19/09/2020 – 08:17

The Belarus Foreign Ministry on Friday described as a "dangerous precedent" a resolution by the UN Human Rights Council calling for UN monitoring of alleged rights violations in Belarus, and accused the council of meddling in its internal affairs.

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The Human Rights Council agreed the resolution, submitted by the European Union, on Friday. The Council gave the office of UN rights boss Michelle Bachelet a mandate to closely monitor the situation in Belarus and submit an oral report with recommendations by year-end.

Speaking to reporters, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei described the resolution as "absolutely contrived".

The resolution, in response to a crackdown on protests since a disputed presidential election in Belarus on August 9, came after a long day of talks by the 47-member state forum in Geneva on the human rights situation in the former Soviet republic.

Belarus objected to the debate but is not currently a member of the council and could not block the resolution.

Makei also addressed the possibility of sanctions being introduced against Minsk by the European Union, saying a response was inevitable.

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