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15.03.2017 13:47 Politics, Belarus — EU

Poland constantly raises matter of human rights respect in dialogue with Belarus, official says

By Alyaksey Alyaksandraw, BelaPAN
Minsk, 15 March. Poland has constantly raised the matter of human rights respect in Belarus since Minsk and the European Union revived their dialogue, Marek Ziolkowski, the Polish foreign ministry’s undersecretary of state for security, Eastern and European policy, said in Minsk on March 15.
The official was commenting on recent multiple arrests over peaceful street protests in Belarus.
The EU and Poland in particular have worked to step up relations with Belarus since early 2016, said Mr. Ziolkowski. He stressed that Warsaw and Minsk discussed all issues that concerned them and those included human rights.
Mr. Ziolkowski was speaking following a meeting of deputy foreign ministers representing the member countries of the Eastern Partnership and the Visegrad Group (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia). The meeting came amid a wave of street protests against a so-called parasite tax. More than 100 people have been arrested over the demonstrations across the country since early March.
The EU has already warned that the "detention and sentencing of peaceful protesters, including leaders of opposition movements, is in contradiction with Belarus' declared policy of democratization."




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