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

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 18, 2014

It has been four years since the Belarusian Government launched a repressive crackdown on civil society, independent media, and the democratic opposition.  We remember those who remain wrongly imprisoned and call for the immediate and unconditional release of all Belarusian political prisoners and the complete respect for their political and civil rights. 

We also encourage Belarus to honor the U.S.-Belarus December 2010 joint statement, which acknowledges that enhanced respect for democracy and human rights remains essential to the progress of Belarus and its citizens, and is central to improving bilateral relations.  Honoring these values is particularly important in light of the upcoming 2015 presidential elections. Increased respect for democracy and human rights will also boost prosperity and economic growth, thus strengthening Belarusian sovereignty and independence, which the United States unequivocally and firmly supports.