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    What, so he can get framed for rape again?

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    Blame Swedish law . . . and the the Brits. Friggin' criminal what he's been through

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    Wake me up when Julian Assange is out on house arrest with his girlfriend
    That'll make you feel better about another human being hijacked and locked up? You really are fucked up

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    Needless to say, Putin is cheering Lukashenko on. And no doubt one or more of the three stooges will be along to claim some bullshit or other.

    GENEVA (5 July 2021) – Belarus has witnessed an unprecedented human rights crisis over the past year, an independent expert appointed by the Human Rights Council said today, calling on authorities to end their policy of repression and to fully respect the legitimate aspirations of their people.

    In her annual report to the Human Rights Council, Ana´s Marin said she had been informed about massive police violence against protesters, cases of enforced disappearance, allegations of torture and ill-treatment and the continuous intimidation and harassment of civil society actors.

    “The Belarusian authorities have launched a full-scale assault against civil society, curtailing a broad spectrum of rights and freedoms, targeting people from all walks of life, while systematically persecuting human rights defenders, journalists, media workers and lawyers in particular,” Marin told the Council.


    “The crackdown is such that thousands of Belarusians have been forced or otherwise compelled to leave their homeland and seek safety abroad; yet the downing of a civilian plane in Minsk on 23 May, for the apparent sole purpose of arresting a dissident who was on board, signaled that no opponent to the current Government is safe anywhere.”, the expert added.


    The significant deterioration of the human rights situation in Belarus started in late spring 2020 and climaxed in the aftermath of the presidential election of 9 August, the results of which were widely contested. Malpractices were reported during the election campaign, as most opposition candidates were forced out of the race, whereas vote-count was marred by allegations of fraud.


    “Distrust in the legitimacy of the electoral outcome triggered spontaneous and largely peaceful popular protests to which the authorities responded with unjustified, disproportionate and often arbitrary force,” said Marin, who reminded that over 35,000 people have been detained since then for trying to exert their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, including women and children arrested for peacefully demonstrating solidarity with victims of police violence.


    “Since August 2020 I received innumerable allegations of beatings and ill-treatment, including torture in detention, but also allegations of rapes, enforced disappearances and even killings – all remain to be investigated.”


    Whereas according to available information impunity seems to prevail to this date for the massive human rights violations that occurred during the reporting period, the expert said she was equally alarmed by the hundreds of cases of criminal prosecution of human rights defenders and lawyers, journalists and medical staff simply for doing their job.


    “As the legal and judicial systems in Belarus protect the perpetrators of grave human rights violations, continuing impunity means that there is no guarantee of non-reoccurrence,” Marin said. “Hence the international community should keep on demanding the release and rehabilitation of all those still detained on political grounds, and support initiatives aiming at bringing perpetrators of the most serious crimes to account”.


    The UN expert also expressed concerns about the impact the ongoing crackdown has had on the right to education, pointing to discriminatory measures that persist in Belarus against people with disabilities, ethno-linguistic minorities, people living in rural areas and those deprived of liberty. She added that students and teachers have faced considerable pressure and intimidation for their social activism, and criminal charges have been pressed against dozens of them, with a restrictive impact on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, including academic freedoms.


    “I call on the Belarusian authorities to put an end to their policy of repression, to immediately and unconditionally release those arbitrarily detained, and to ensure full respect for the human rights and legitimate democratic aspirations of people in Belarus,” the UN expert said, warning that a further aggravation of the human rights crisis and international self-isolation could have disastrous consequences for the whole country.


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    OHCHR | Belarus: Massive human rights violations unprecedented in scope and gravity, says UN expert

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    Straight out of the Putin playbook. Get your lackies in the police and prosecutors office to fabricate some charges against your biggest rival, get your lackey judges to lock him away, and Hey! Presto! No opposition.

    Belarus jails Lukashenko foe Babariko for 14 years in 'sham' trial - Metro US

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Straight out of the Putin playbook.
    The public use of missiles at an international airport, to kill opponents, is so much more subtle, eh?

    World leaders condemn Belarus after Ryanair flight is forced to land and journalist i-02iraq-airport-sub2-superjumbo-v2-jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Straight out of the Putin playbook. Get your lackies in the police and prosecutors office to fabricate some charges against your biggest rival, get your lackey judges to lock him away, and Hey! Presto! No opposition.
    Why not to read from the Putin's playbook RT how they report about that? (Compare the rhetoric with the rhetoric of others ) (BTW, which side is Putin on, anyway?)

    Top Belarusian opposition figure Babariko, once tipped as successor to Lukashenko, handed 14 years in prison over fraud claims
    6 Jul, 2021 08:44

    Viktor Babariko, a veteran Belarusian opposition figurehead barred from standing in last year’s presidential election, has been sentenced to 14 years behind bars after officials in the country accused him of fraud and corruption.

    His supporters believe the charges, launched after he attempted to run against incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko in the 2020 contest, are politically motivated.

    On Tuesday, state news agency BelTA reported that a court in Minsk had announced the verdict against the former chairman of Belgazprombank, a financial institution owned by Russian investors with links to the country’s Gazprom oil giant, and based in Belarus. “According to the scale of these crimes and the combination of punishments, Babariko will serve 14 years in a high-security prison colony,” judge Igor Lyubovitsky said.

    Babariko will also be barred from holding positions “that involve the implementation of organizational and administrative duties for a period of five years,” the jurist added. The financier announced his intention to run in the presidential election last May. His candidacy was supported by a range of high-profile figures, including the Belarusian Nobel Laureate, author Svetlana Alexievich.

    However, in June, authorities raided the offices of Belgazprombank and detained both Babariko and his son Eduard. A statement from Minsk’s domestic security agency, the KGB, claimed the finance chief had received funds from “an organized group on an especially large scale” when he was chairman of the institution. Five former deputy chairmen of the board were also indicted on the same charges and reportedly all pleaded guilty, but Babariko did not. He was subsequently prevented by the country’s election commission from standing for president later that month.

    The opposition, as well as many international observers, say the vote was rigged in favor of long-time leader Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the Eastern European nation since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in the months that followed, demanding a rerun, with police firing tear gas to disperse crowds and carrying out a campaign of mass arrests.

    Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who stood against the incumbent and received backing from a number of Babariko’s supporters, insists she was the true winner of the election. She has since fled to Lithuania. Maria Kolesnikova, who served as Babariko’s chief of staff and was a prominent member of the team behind Tikhanovskaya, is now serving time in a Belarusian prison.

    Lukashenko’s government made headlines around the world in May, when a Ryanair passenger jet flying from Greece to Lithuania was instructed to land in Minsk. Once it was on the tarmac, the authorities detained the former editor of a Telegram news channel banned in the country, Roman Protasevich, and his Russian girlfriend, Sofia Sapega. The incident drew global condemnation and sanctions from the EU, which described the move as “state-sponsored piracy.”

    Top Belarusian opposition figure Babariko, once tipped as successor to Lukashenko, handed 14 years in prison over fraud claims — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    The public use of missiles at an international airport, to kill opponents, is so much more subtle, eh?

    Is that Teheran?


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    Ah, so it's the Jooooos fault apparently.

    ‘The Entire World Grovels to the Jews’: Belarus Dictator Alexander Lukashenko in Antisemitic Outburst
    ‘The Entire World Grovels to the Jews’: Belarus Dictator Alexander Lukashenko in Antisemitic Outburst | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

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    America certainly does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Ah, so it's the Jooooos fault apparently.
    Is anyone surprised . . . and then the whataboutism arrives.

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    Ukrainian police have launched a murder case after a Belarusian activist who was reported missing was found dead in a park in Kiev.
    Vitaly Shishov led Kiev-based non-profit organisation Belarusian House (BDU) that helps Belarusians fleeing persecution.

    Vitaly Shishov: Missing Belarusian activist found dead in Kiev - police investigating 'all possibilities including murder disguised as suicide' | World News | Sky News

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Ukrainian police have launched a murder case after a Belarusian activist who was reported missing was found dead in a park in Kiev.
    Waiting for the results with bated breath?

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Waiting for the results with bated breath?
    The perpetrators will be long gone back over the border.

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