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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Belarus - The OSCE Moscow Mechanism

The Czech Republic has been expressing its concern over the developments in Belarus since the presidential elections in December 2010, especially over the repressions against participants of the post election protests and over the criminalization of some of the presidential candidates.

In this regard The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic announces that on 6 April 2011 the Czech Republic in cooperation with other 13 participating States of the Organisation for Security and Cooperationin Europe(OSCE) asked for the invocation of the OSCE Moscow Mechanism towards Belarus.

The OSCE Moscow Mechanism enables, through sending a short-termexpert mission, to monitor and assess the fulfillment of the human rights commitments in an OSCE participating State if there is a suspicion of their serious violations. This mechanism has been approvedby all OSCE participating States, including Belarus, as a means to promote human rights, fundamental freedoms, democracy and the rule of law through dialogue and cooperation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic believes that the Belarusian authorities will create conditions for the expert mission’s work. This initiative is part of the continuous interest of the Czech Republic in improvement of human rights and development of the civil society in Belarus.