Q: Belarus’s opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, is calling for the launch of an international investigation into the death of protester Roman Bondarenko the day after his arrest by President Lukashenko’s police force. Is France prepared to take part in the investigation? More broadly, are further measures envisaged in response to the crackdown, which shows no sign of abating in this country?
A: Full light must be shed by the Belarus authorities on the circumstances in which Mr. Bondarenko died and those responsible must be identified.
We call on Belarus to fully implement the recommendations made in the report on the human rights violations committed during the crackdown against post-election protests in Belarus, following the triggering of the OSCE’s Moscow Mechanism.
France and its European partners, which have imposed sanctions against 55 Belarus leaders involved in election fraud and the crackdown, will continue to respond very firmly to any further deterioration in the situation.