STRASBOURG, March 10 (Itar-Tass) -- Belarusian opposition and civil society members will attend the spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to be held in Strasbourg on March 11-15.
PACE Rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, Sinikka Hurskainen (Finland, SOC), strongly condemned the continuing repression of civil society, human rights defenders, independent media and political opponents in Belarus.
She expressed her deep concern about unfair and politically motivated trials, allegations of torture in detention, the non-transparent investigation into the events of December 19 and continuing confirmations of death sentences in Belarus.
Hurskainen also condemned the recent warning issued by the Belarus Ministry of Justice against the Belarussian Helsinki Committee and announced that the Political Affairs Committee had decided to consult the Venice Commission on its compatibility with international human rights standards.
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