Appeal of the Steering Council of Committee of International Control over human rights situation in Belarus

The Steering Council of Committee of International Control over human rights situation in Belarus expresses its profound concern with the  refusal of the Belarusian government to extend the mandate of the OSCE office in Minsk.

In our opinion, as an office of a respected international organization the OSCE Office in Minsk international organization has not yet exhausted its mandate with regard to assistance to Belarus government and society on issues of compliance to human rights commitments of  Belarus.

We regret about this situation, because thus step can be perceived as a reaction of the Belarusian government to the OSCE assessment of Presidential elections of December 19.

We believe that full-featured cooperation between Republic of Belarus and OSCE as well as other international institutions must not depend on assessments made by representatives of those institutions if Belarus indeed is committed to the implementation of international commitments to which it signed on and confirmed its support on multiple occasions.  It is our hope that the authorities of Belarus will continue to act within the accepted international standards and OSCE commitments that that the   authorities are ready to an  open dialogue with OSCE structures  and international governmental and non-governmental organizations.  

Contacts:
Secretariat of the Committee: BYC@hrgroups.org
December 31 2010,. 23:20

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