OHCHR / BELARUS HUMAN RIGHTS

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15-Jul-2021 00:00:47
The UN human rights office is “deeply alarmed at the latest developments in Belarus, where on Wednesday (14 Jul) the security forces carried out dozens of raids on the offices and homes of human rights activists and journalists, and a number of people were reported to have been detained,” said a spokesperson. OHCHR

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STORY: OHCHR / BELARUS HUMAN RIGHTS
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SOURCE: OHCHR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 15 JULY 2021 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND


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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We are deeply alarmed at the latest developments in Belarus, where on Wednesday the security forces carried out dozens of raids on the offices and homes of human rights activists and journalists, and a number of people were reported to have been detained. Such a crackdown is completely unacceptable. Wednesday’s developments once again highlight the blatant disregard of the Belarus authorities for their obligations under international human rights law. We have repeatedly warned about the deteriorating situation in Belarus and call once again on the Government to cease their policy of intimidating and harassing civil society and media workers. Those still detained should be released immediately.”


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UN human rights office is “deeply alarmed at the latest developments in Belarus, where on Wednesday (14 Jul) the security forces carried out dozens of raids on the offices and homes of human rights activists and journalists, and a number of people were reported to have been detained,” said a spokesperson.

In a recorded message today (15 Jul), OHCHR’s Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said, “Such a crackdown is completely unacceptable,” adding that “Wednesday’s developments once again highlight the blatant disregard of the Belarus authorities for their obligations under international human rights law.”

She continued, “We have repeatedly warned about the deteriorating situation in Belarus and call once again on the Government to cease their policy of intimidating and harassing civil society and media workers. Those still detained should be released immediately.”
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