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14 August 2020, 16:43

MPs, civil society discuss situation in Belarus

MINSK, 14 August (BelTA) - The parliament hosted a meeting of members of five standing commissions, representatives of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, the International Federation of Human Rights, the Belarusian Union of Journalists and the Belarusian Association of Journalists. The participants to the meeting discussed the situation in Belarus and possible ways to resolve it, BelTA has learned.

“This is not a protocol meeting,” Gennady Davydko, Chairman of the Standing Commission on Human Rights, National Relations and Media of the House of Representatives, stressed at the beginning of the meeting. “This is a meeting of concerned people who love their homeland, who want to see peace and accord in the society," he said.

“An inflow of information is enormous. Everyone has their own point of view. But we, the participants of the meeting, are united, I think, by one idea - peace,” the MP stressed. "We need to have a candid discussion and, most importantly, we need to put forward solutions.”

“We are united by the desire to normalize the situation, to keep the country independent and sovereign,” Gennady Davydko said.

Chairman of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Oleg Gulak told the MPs how the situation is seen by human rights organizations. He thanked for the opportunity to discuss the situation and lamented that such opportunities were few before. “Now many perceive the whole situation differently. Because of this, different conclusions are made," he said.

Responding to journalists' questions, the chairman of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee stressed that it is very important to create conditions for dialogue. Among the first steps to be taken, according to him, is the release of all those who have been detained. “People should see that their children, relatives are being released," said Oleg Gulak.

“My main appeal is for everyone to stay peaceful, to keep things peaceful, and to avoid violence,” he concluded.

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