UN requires rigorous investigations into Belarusian activist discovered hanged

The late Belarusian activist, Vitaly Shishov The late Belarusian activist, Vitaly Shishov

The United Nations (UN requested Ukrainian authorities at present (Tuesday to hold out a “rigorous investigation” after a Belarusian opponent, reported lacking, was discovered hanging in a park in Kyiv.

The UN High Commission for Human Rights argued that threats to Belarusian civil society should finish, however burdened {that a} direct hyperlink between the dying of Vitaly Shishov and the repression of dissident civilians by the regime of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has not been established.

This scenario “adds a new level of concern to what is happening in Belarus,” UN High Commission spokeswoman Marta Hurtado admitted at a press convention at present (Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland.

Shishov, 26, led the “Belarusian House in Ukraine,” a non-governmental group that helps regime opponents escape repression in Belarus.

The lacking activist was discovered hanging in a park within the Ukrainian capital, police mentioned at present, Tuesday, August 3 which opened an investigation for “murder”.

Shishov’s group accused the Belarusian regime of “murdering” its chief.

“Concerning the investigation in Ukraine (… we expect the authorities to conduct a rigorous, impartial and effective investigation into what happened and determine whether it was a suicide, a classic murder or whether there was a link to their activism,” mentioned Marta Hurtado.

Lukashenko has cracked down on all types of dissent for the reason that large protests following final 12 months’s presidential election – a vote that was thought of fraudulent by a number of Western international locations and the Belarusian opposition.

“The situation is seriously deteriorating,” Hurtado lamented, including that “last week, intimidation of civil society organizations and journalists, extinction of dozens of Belarusian civil society organizations, and harassment of dissidents” had been reported.

“This has to stop,” she defended.

“This intimidation of civil society, media workers and anyone who expresses an opinion different from that of the Government must stop,” she burdened.

“Any arbitrarily detained person must be released immediately,” the spokeswoman mentioned, acknowledging that the UN “is concerned about the general situation in Belarus.”

UN requires rigorous investigations into Belarusian activist discovered hanged