Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights, met with Belarusian human rights activists on March 9.
As the website of the HRC “Viasna” informs, during the meeting the human rights defenders managed to discuss both the current situation with human rights in Belarus and a much broader range of issues.
In early February, Mr. Lambrinidis met in Brussels with Zhanna Litvina, representative of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, and Ales Bialiatski, chairman of the HRC "Viasna", who, in the light of the resumption of a human rights dialogue between Belarus and the EU, presented a coordinated position of human rights defenders on the priorities in determining the strategy of cooperation of international partners with Belarus, which was signed by the majority of the participants in yesterday's event.
Apart from Mr. Lambrinidis the Minsk office of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” was also visited by Ms. Andrea Wiktorin, head of the EU Delegation in Minsk, and the EU Mission’s employee on political issues Ms. Renata Wrobel.
Belarusian human rights organizations were represented by Aleh Hulak, chairman of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, Volha Smalianka, director of the Center for Legal Transformation, Natallia Mankouskaya, head of the Identity Human Rights NGO, Tatsiana Aheyeva, deputy head of the Belarusian Documentation Center, and Valiantsin Stefanovich, deputy chairman of the HRC “Viasna”.
Following the meeting, the human rights defenders noted that they managed to discuss both the current situation with human rights in Belarus and a much broader range of issues.
Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights, has been on a working visit in Minsk from March 8 to March 11.