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Latvia wants proper investigation of Belarus civil rights abuses

On 4 December 2020, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in an interactive dialogue with the High Commissioner of the United Nations for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet Jeria, concerning her report on the human rights situation in Belarus.

Rinkēvičs took the opportunity to report that the human rights situation in Belarus is deteriorating.

“Latvia finds it particularly alarming that the lack of an independent and impartial investigation into human rights violations manifestly deprives the victims of the actions of Belarusian authorities of effective remedies under the law, and the number of reported human rights violations continues to grow,” Rinkēvičs said, calling - perhaps optimistically - on the Belarusian Government to cooperate with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus.

High Commissioner Bachelet provided an update on the human rights situation in Belarus. The report was prepared at the request of several countries, including Latvia, and to follow up on the Resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council concerning the human rights situation in Belarus which was adopted in September 2020.

During the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, an extraordinary debate was held on the human rights situation in Belarus and consequently the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on the situation of human rights in Belarus.

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