Human Rights in Belarus on the Anniversary of the December 19, 2010 Crackdown

Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 18, 2012

Two years after the Belarusian Government launched its brutal crackdown on civil society, the democratic opposition, and independent media, we remember the political prisoners who remain in detention and reiterate our call for their immediate and unconditional release. We note the December 1, 2010 joint statement between our two countries, which affirmed that enhanced respect for democracy and human rights remains central to improving bilateral relations. We regret that Belarus’ leadership has instead followed a path of self-isolation by repressing its own people.

As we mark the second anniversary of the events of December 19, 2010, we note Belarus’ unfulfilled promise and reaffirm our readiness to help the people of Belarus build a democratic, prosperous, and truly independent European state.

PRN: 2012/1999