’We all know what elections in Belarus come to’
The European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs held yesterday a hearing on the situation in Belarus, which was attended by Gunnar Wiegand, European External Action Service (EEAS) Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional Cooperation and OSCE, and Miklós Haraszti, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus. Valiantsin Stefanovich, deputy chairman of the Human Rights Center "Viasna", highlighted in his speech a number of issues, focusing on the presidential election scheduled for October 11.
In particular, the human rights defender commented on President Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s refusal to participate in televised debates:
“There are no dissenting opinions in TV, and this is especially evident during the election campaign. Lukashenka sees no point in the debate, as you can see him on TV every day, with highlights of his work as head of state. In this connection, he does not need to exert much effort for any election campaigning, or participating in the debate.”
The Russian side is grateful to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko for his decision to go to Russia as the visit after the presidential election, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov said in an interview with the STV channel, BelTA has learned.
“We are grateful for this decision,” the Ambassador said.