Rights group: More than 300 detained at Minsk women's march


It is not the first time Lukashenko has deployed the army to Belarus's borders and he has done it on various occasions when faced with supposed foreign threats, most recently pointing his soldiers towards Russian Federation over the summer.

The four countries had, in essence, argued a breach of procedural rules by letting her and others speak.

"We are made to draw troops from the roads, but the military on high alert, and shut the country boundary around the West, mostly with Lithuania and Poland", Lukashenko said in a women's forum.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, second right, argues with a worker of the Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.

On Thursday, she said the opposition was drawing up a blacklist with the names of Belarusian officials and police officers responsible for repression who could face prosecution.

Saturday's protesters, a lot of them women, briefly scuffled with police who then blocked their path and started picking people one by one out of the crowd, the witness said.

"The Polish leader said the he is considering imposing national sanctions on Belarus", a communique from the Lithuanian President's Office read, going on to state that Nauseda called in the talk for sanctions "thus showing solidarity with Belarusian civil society".

Council president Tichy-Fisslberger brushed off the appeal, and the former presidential candidate finished her statement.

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Minsk's envoy Ambrazevich meanwhile slammed the "lopsided picture of reality presented by the losers in the election", rejecting allegations of abuse by authorities.

"We deny the unfounded accusations of sexual violence against protesters". There is no official record of this. The European Union could follow with formal sanctions.

"We do not accept the results of this fraudulent presidential election in Belarus and call for free and fair elections", Champagne said on August 17.

Mr Lukashenko has faced widespread protests since the August 9 election, when he declared himself the victor of a dubious voting and counting process.

Protesters are calling for his resignation, alleging that the election was rigged.

The German resolution calls for Bachelet to look into recent violations and report back to the council by year-end. Especially concerning are rumors of illegal detention of journalists, political and human rights activists, torture of detainees and their inhuman and degrading treatment in detention facilities.

As Kuleba emphasized, the aspirations of the Belarusian society are linked exclusively with the enforcement of fundamental democratic freedoms, while the violent reaction of the country's authorities to this peaceful request does not correspond to the universal obligations of the states to protect human rights.