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Human Rights in Belarus on the Anniversary of the December 19, 2010 Crackdown
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December 19, 2013

Human Rights in Belarus on the Anniversary of the December 19, 2010 Crackdown

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of the Spokesperson

 

For Immediate Release: December 19, 2013

STATEMENT BY MARIE HARF, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON

Human Rights in Belarus on the Anniversary of the December 19, 2010 Crackdown

Three years after the Belarusian Government launched its brutal crackdown on civil society, the democratic opposition, and independent media, we remember the political prisoners who remain in detention and reiterate our call for their immediate and unconditional release and the restoration of their political rights.  We note the December 1, 2010 joint statement between our two countries, which affirmed that enhanced respect for democracy and human rights remains central to improving bilateral relations, and is essential to the progress of Belarus and its citizens.

As we mark the third anniversary of the events of December 19, 2010, we stand with the people of Belarus and reaffirm our readiness to help them build a democratic, prosperous, and truly independent European state.