Following to the detention of hundreds of protesters in the streets of Minsk last week, including several members of the Green Party, European Green Party co-chairs Reinhard Bütikofer and Monica Frassoni said:
“We strongly condemn the most recent repression against activists and against freedom of expression and freedom of assembly in Belarus.
“We ask for immediate and unconditional release of all those detained during the peaceful protests in the Capital, in compliance with the country’s international commitments. In addition to that, we ask for a thorough investigation into the use of violence against protesters and detainees and we expect Belarus to allow full access to all relevant information for the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights. Moreover, we expect this transition to lead to concrete and systemic human rights reforms in cooperation with citizens organizations."