Unfair presidential elections in Belarus
Reply to Written question
| Doc. 12486
| 24 January 2011
- Committee of Ministers
at the 1103rd meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies (19-20 January
2011) 2011 - First part-session
- Reply to Written question
- : Written question no. 592 (Doc. 12457)
1. The Committee of Ministers is grateful
to the Honourable Parliamentarian for his Written Question. It is able
to bring the following substantial answer to four of the questions
addressed to it:
On 12 January 2011, the 47 member states of the Council of
Europe, sitting on the Committee of Ministers, adopted the following
Declaration on the situation in Belarus:
“The worrying developments that took place in Belarus
following the Presidential elections held on 19 December 2010 raise
a number of questions, in particular for the Council of Europe.
The Committee of Ministers asks the Belarus authorities to provide
additional information on what basis the presidential candidates,
journalists and human rights activists were arrested in the wake
of the elections. They should be immediately released and their
human rights guaranteed. Political freedoms should be fully respected.
The Committee of Ministers will continue supporting the
establishment of closer relations between the Council of Europe
and Belarus only on the basis of respect for European values and
3. In line with this declaration, the Committee of Ministers
intends to continue, and if possible strengthen, its co-operation
activities with civil society, including independent media, in Belarus.
The relations with the authorities of that country will be guided
by the follow-up they will give to the statement of the Committee
of Ministers, in particular regarding the immediate release of the
presidential candidates, journalists and human rights activists
arrested in the wake of the elections.
4. As far as the question on visa is concerned, the Committee
of Ministers notes that the right to decide on the entry and stay
of foreigners on the territory of member states does not fall within
the Council of Europe’s field of competence.