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UN wants to investigate crimes against protesters in Belarus

The UN special rapporteur said that the security forces used “extraordinary and unjustified” force to detain demonstrators, journalists, and passers-by.

The UN offered to form an independent international mechanism to investigate crimes in Belarus. Anais Maran, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, made a corresponding proposal on Friday, September 4.

It is noted that she also called on the authorities of the republic to cooperate.

On Friday, Estonia initiated an unofficial meeting of the UN Security Council on the “Arria formula” dedicated to the problem of human rights observance in Belarus. Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is participating in the meeting.

Maran said that during the protests, the country's police used an “extraordinary and unjustified” force to detain demonstrators, journalists, and passers-by.

“I recommend the formation of an independent international mechanism to investigate these crimes, and I urge the authorities to cooperate with it, as well as with special UN processes, and in particular, my area of competence,” said Maran.

According to her, the situation in Belarus continues to deteriorate and needs the attention of the international community. She called for the release of all “arbitrarily detained” during the protests in the country.

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It was also reported that Tikhanovskaya turned to the UN because of the situation in Belarus. She asked to send observers to record what is happening in the country.

It should be reminded that earlier the coordinating council appealed to the Belarusian authorities. The authors of the statement called on Lukashenko to release political prisoners and move on to peace negotiations.

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