“Ireland condemns the appalling human rights violations that continue to take place in Belarus. We reiterate our call to the Belarusian authorities to put a stop to its campaign of repression and to release those unjustly detained.
We reject the recent so-called ‘inauguration’ of Alexander Lukashenko, which lacks any democratic legitimacy. The Belarusian people alone have the right to define the future of Belarus in free and fair elections. I commend their resolute defence of democratic principles in the face of serious and ongoing threats and intimidation from the authorities.
As Minister with responsibility for European Affairs, I strongly support the current in-depth review of EU-Belarus relations, including its focus on ways to enhance supports for the Belarusian people, civil society, independent media, students and academics.
I again urge the Belarusian authorities to heed the calls of the international community and the OSCE by engaging in a national dialogue with the people to find a sustainable, peaceful and democratic solution for all.”
30 SEPTEMBER 2020