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Presidential elections in Belarus

Norway aligns with the EU Declaration on the run-up to the elections in Belarus, published 9 March 2006.

13/03/2006 :: The European Union is very concerned about the situation in the run-up to the
19 March Presidential elections in Belarus and the continuing deterioration of
the human rights situation in the country. Therefore, the European Union calls
on the Belarusian authorities to take all necessary steps in order to assure a
free and fair electoral process.
The European Union welcomes the emergence of democratically selected
politicians in Belarusian civil society who are determined to give their fellow
citizens an alternative choice for the future of their country. The European
Union is dismayed by reports of serious violations of candidates’ campaigning
rights in the run-up to the Presidential elections, and the intimidation,
detention and violence against one candidate in particular, as occurred on 2
March 2006. Detention of campaign activists, searches of campaign offices,
confiscation of campaign materials and interruption of campaign meetings were
documented in the interim report of the OSCE/ODIHR election observation mission
of 1 March 2006. The European Union firmly condemns these acts and once again
calls on the Belarusian authorities to abide by international standards and
Belarus’ commitments in the OSCE and the UN frameworks to ensure equal
campaigning rights for all candidates.
The European Union also urges the responsible Belarusian authorities to allow
the Belarusian people to exercise fully their right of assembly and freedom of
expression and to take all the necessary means to guarantee the personal
security of peaceful demonstrators and all Presidential candidates.
As stated in the Council Conclusions of 7 November 2005 and 30 January 2006,
the European Union will continue monitoring the situation in Belarus closely
and will take further restrictive measures against the responsible individuals
if the elections are not conducted according to international standards and in
line with Belarus’ commitments in the OSCE.
The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey,
Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the
Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia
and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland,
Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as
Ukraine align themselves with this declaration.
* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of
the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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