The leader of the Belarusian opposition is going to ask the Swiss authorities to freeze Lukashenka’s assets
Svetlana Tihanovskaya, leader of the Belarusian opposition, is considering a trip to Switzerland, where she hopes to meet with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in Geneva to discuss the situation in Belarus. Agence France-Presse reported this on Saturday, citing an interview Tikhanovskaya gave to the Swiss newspaper Le Temps.
Tikhanovskaya, who was forced to flee Belarus to Lithuania, said in the interview that she plans to visit Switzerland in March “if pandemic restrictions allow.” In Geneva, she is going to meet with Michelle Bachelet to discuss ways to restore justice in Belarus, as well as to hold a meeting with the Swiss authorities. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is going to ask the Swiss government to freeze the assets of the current president of Belarus Aliaksandr Lukashenka, kept in local banks.
In an interview with Le Temps, Tihanovskaya admitted that opposition forces have lost the battle on the streets with Lukashenko’s regime at the moment. “We don’t have the means to fight the regime’s violence against the demonstrators,” she said, “They have weapons, they have power … The return to democracy will take longer than planned.”
In December, Michelle Bachelet denounced the deteriorating human rights situation in Belarus in her address to the UN Human Rights Council. She referred to the reports that after the August 9 vote, more than 27 thousand people were arrested in the country, including the elderly, who had taken part in peaceful protests.
The UN Human Rights Council will meet again next Thursday to address the situation in Belarus.