By Olga Zakharova
Civil society representatives from 27 OSCE member countries sent an appeal for urgent action in response to the human rights crisis in Belarus to the embassies of OSCE member countries. The appeal includes a petition to initiate the Moscow Mechanism for independent monitoring. More than 100 organizations have already signed on to the petition. These organizations include Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, International Federation of Human Rights, and Freedom House.