The Resolution entitled "On the deterioration of media freedom in Belarus, notably the case of Charter97" was adopted on October 4 at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the Charter97 reports.
The document deals mainly with the recent scandalous amendments to the Belarusian law on mass media, the blocking of the Charter97 website and the so-called "BelTA case".
Articles 10 and 11 of the document that concern the REP Trade Union read as follows:
"The European Parliament…
- Urges the Belarusian authorities to allow full and unhindered functioning of political and public organisations and to repeal Article 193/1 of the Criminal Code curtailing the freedoms of peaceful assembly and association;
- Calls strongly for the unconditional and immediate release of political prisoners Mikhail Zhamchuzhny and Dzmitry Paliyenka, and for all former political prisoners to be fully rehabilitated; calls on the authorities to allow all independent trade unions to play their legitimate and central role in civil society without hindrance; regrets the conviction on 24 August 2018 of Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik…"
The document also describes the difficult situation with the media as a whole: "In 2017, more than 100 journalists were arrested", "Belarus ranks the 155th out of 180 countries by the freedom of speech," and recalls the murder of the Belarusian journalist Pavel Sheremet in Kiev in 2016.
The resolution mentioned the searches of the editorial offices of the website tut.by and the BelaPAN news agency and the arrests of journalists this August and criminal prosecution of them.
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