Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who ran for president of Belarus, called on the UN to urgently send an international mission to document the situation on earth.
On Friday, on the initiative of Estonia, an informal meeting of the UN Security Council on the “Arria formula” on the issue of human rights in Belarus is held.
During the speech by video link, Tikhanovskaya pointed to numerous cases of detention and excessive use of force against protesters. “We call on the UN to send an urgent international monitoring mission to Belarus to document the situation on the ground,” she said.
In addition, the former presidential candidate from the Belarusian opposition called on the international community to impose sanctions against violators of the electoral process in Belarus, as well as against those who committed crimes against humanity. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya called for a special session of the UNHRC on the human rights situation in the republic.
“We ask the UN to condemn the excessive use of force by the Belarusian security services against the protesters. We propose to hold a special session of the UN Human Rights Council to discuss the human rights situation in Belarus,” Tikhanovskaya said.
According to her, cooperation with the government of Alexander Lukashenko “means support for violence and a clear violation of human rights.” At the same time, she said that “Lukashenka no longer represents Belarus.” “Belarusians are law-abiding, peaceful, responsible people with a high sense of personal and collective dignity. We are ready and open to dialogue with all parties, with all countries that respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Belarus,” she added.
Tikhanovskaya also demanded access and free movement around the country for the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Belarus. “We demand the immediate release of all arbitrarily detained political prisoners, including Sergei Tihanovsky, Pavel Severinets, Olga Kovalkova, Sergei Dilewski, Nikolai Statkevich and dozens of arrested civil society leaders. We demand the end of intimidation and harassment of members of the Coordinating Council Svetlana Alexievich, Olga Kovalkova, Pavel Latushko, Sergei Dilewski, Maria Kolesnikova, Maxim Signa, and others,” Tikhanovskaya said.
Mass protests of the opposition began all over Belarus on August 9, after the presidential elections, in which, according to the CEC, Alexander Lukashenko won for the sixth time with 80.1% of the votes. The opposition believes that Svetlana Tikhanovskaya won the election.
In the first days of the action were suppressed by the security forces, tear gas, water cannons, stun grenades, and rubber bullets were used against protesters who disagreed with the results. Then the law enforcement agencies stopped dispersing rallies and using force. According to official data, more than 6.7 thousand people were detained in the first days. According to the Interior Ministry, hundreds of people were injured during the riots, including more than 120 law enforcement officers. Authorities reported the deaths of three protesters.