In the beginning of this month, thousands of Belarusian students took to the streets to demonstrate against ‘re-elected’ authoritarian Alexander Lukashenko. Students, among other demonstrators, have called for resignation of Lukashenko and holding of new presidential elections in Belarus. Approximately 100 students, who participated in peaceful protests, were detained by the riot police. Students were shoved into vans with use of force, and according to human rights organization Vjasna, many of them were beaten.
These events in Belarus are a serious violation of human rights. International organizations, such as the United Nations, the European Union and the Council of Europe, have condemned the violence and called for the immediate release of all detained civilians. The EU has stated its intention to impose sanctions on individuals responsible for violence, the repression of peaceful protests and the falsification of election results, but has not yet taken any action.
SAMOK stands in solidarity with Belarusian students and youth, the Belarusian Students’ Association (BSA), and the Brotherhood of Organizers of Student Self-Government (BOSS). We demand immediate actions as a result of the next EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting.
Read statements of the European Students’ Union on the situation: