Yesterday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacted to a court decision in Belarus that handed out a 1-year suspended sentence to 20-year old demonstrator Anastasia Palazhanka, who was active in organising anti-government protests. She has been charged with “inciting civil unrest”.
The Ministry condemned the latest verdict and requested the Belarus’ ambassador Vladimir Serpikov to come to the ministry for talks.
The Belarus government was widely criticised for how it handled the protests, using extreme force and locking up innocent people and journalists, as well as presidential candidates at the time Vladimir Neklyayev and Vitali Rymashevsky.
The EU is getting tough with Belarus due to its abuse of human rights and lack of democracy, and further measures against Belarus will receive the full support of Slovakia, which has taken a strong stance to the situation, endorsing a resolution against the violent actions of the Belarus government.
At the end of March a special ceremony was held in Bratislava to call for the release of the political prisoners, with the attendance of dignitaries from Slovakia and Belarus.