January 18, 2011
Conditions in Belarus Not Improving, International Action Needed
Fearing safety for human rights defenders and concerned about the deteriorated state of fundamental rights and freedoms in Belarus, Human Rights First joined 117 organizations from 28 countries to appeal to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to take urgent measures to address the crisis in Belarus. The appeal calls on the Organization of 56 European and North American countries to take these principal steps:
- Immediately condemn the serious and widespread human rights violations and urgently undertake action in response to the human rights crisis in Belarus;
- Immediately begin the procedure to initiate the “Moscow Mechanism” in light of the particularly serious threat to the fulfillment of the provisions of the OSCE human dimension by the authorities of Belarus.