Belarus opposition chief Tikhanovskaya asks MEPs for sanctions, honest elections


Addressing the members of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday, Belarusian opposition candidate, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya requested for EU sanctions on these answerable for the falsification of the vote and police crackdown within the nation, and for honest elections and solidarity with the folks of Belarus.

“I ask you to work together for a free, fair and transparent election, in accordance with international standards and under the supervision of local and international observers,” Tikhanovskaya mentioned, highlighting that “the new Belarus” will probably be based mostly on the rule of legislation and won’t tolerate state violence and falsified elections.

She additionally requested for Europe’s solidarity with the Belarusian folks, and assist to civilians and media organisations, for a prison investigation for human rights crimes within the nation, and for a evaluate of EU’s partnerships with state organisations near Lukashenko.

In his flip, the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET), David McAllister, reiterated the parliament’s place, which has has condemned within the strongest potential phrases the rigged elections in Belarus.

The Belarusian politician’s go to got here a number of days after Europe’s lawmakers requested sanctions on the people answerable for the falsification of the election outcomes and for the violent repression in Belarus, together with on long-timer ruler Aleksander Lukashenko, and on the poisoners of the Kremlin critic, Alexei Navalny.

It additionally got here forward of the bloc’s Foreign Ministers’ assembly on Monday, the place they mentioned amongst others, the methods to evaluate the bloc’s relationship with the Belarusian authorities in response to the scenario, and the latest developments in Libya and within the Eastern Mediterranean.

Tikhanovskaya fled the nation shortly after the exit polls confirmed a landslide victory for Lukashenko within the August 9 elections, and travelled to Lithuania for safety causes. Thereafter, lots of of 1000’s have taken it to the streets protesting the elections fraud and Lukashenko’s continued rule.

Reports say that lots of have been arrested and unlawfully detained, prompting a world outcry by human rights organisations and politicians.

“The protests in our country is not a geopolitical revolution, not an anti-Russian, not a pro-European. It is is a pro-Belarusian revolution, it’s a democratic revolution,” Tikhanovskaya mentioned, urging MEPs to push for the discharge of political prisoners within the nation.

She additionally commented on Russia’s interference in Belarus’ affairs, citing that “what is going on in Belarus is our internal affair,” asking the Kremlin to respect the nation’s sovereignty. Tikhanovskaya’s feedback adopted an announcement final week by Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying he’ll present a €1.25 billion mortgage to Belarus to assist the nation.

“Our future is at stake. We need your support. Long live Belarus,” Tikhanovskaya mentioned.