European Parliament’s delegation calls for response to recent detention of opposition politician Lyabedzka

 

The European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Belarus has urged the European Commission to respond to the recent detention of United Civic Party (UCP) leader Anatol Lyabedzka, said the UCP press office.

In its appeal, the delegation expresses concern over what it describes as the opposition politician’s brutal detention and condemns a fine imposed on Mr. Lyabedzka as politically motivated, according to the press office.

The delegation also expresses concern over what it calls continuing human rights abuse in Belarus, calling on the European Commission to take appropriate actions.

Mr. Lyabedzka was arrested by police in Minsk on the morning of January 12 and released some six hours later after being charged with violating regulations governing “mass events.” He was later sentenced to a fine of some $610 for collecting signatures from passers-by at the center of Minsk for a petition demanding the resignation of the government and the abolition of a new tax on motor vehicle owners. //BelaPAN