UN to help Belarusian authorities observe human rights

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The United
Nations Human Rights Council welcomes the release of two political prisoners –
Andrei Sannikau and Zmitser Bandarenka. However, the organization has also
urged the Belarusian authorities to start a dialogue with the opposition and release
the other political prisoners without making any terms, informs charetr97.org.

Spokesperson
for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Rupert Colville has noted that many
of the people were imprisoned for participation in the events of December 19,
2010 when special forces dispersed a peaceful opposition action. About 600
opposition members, journalists and human rights activists were arrested back
then. More than 40 opponents of the regime were jailed.

The UN
Human Rights Council is urging to release everyone jailed for peaceful participation
in Dec.19 events as well as human right defender Ales Byalyatski and opposition
activist Syarhei Kavalenka. The organization is also asking Belarus to create conditions
so that human rights activists and journalists could do their job without being
threatened and without pressure.