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The resolution of the UN Human Rights Council ordering a report on the situation in Belarus did not please Minsk, which accused the institution of interference.
The government of Minsk qualified, Friday, September 18, as “dangerous precedent” a motion of the Council of Human Rights of the United Nations on the situation in Belarus, accusing the Council of Geneva of interference in its internal affairs.
The forum on Friday approved this resolution proposed by the European Union, which gives authorization to Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to closely monitor the situation in Belarus and to produce a report containing recommendations by the end of the year.
The proposal, which Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei describes as “absolutely artificial”, was adopted after a long day of debate at the Geneva Forum, which has 47 member countries. The former Soviet republic is not one of them.
Makei also said Belarus should retaliate if the European Union decides to apply additional sanctions against Minsk, a response that would result in sanctions against representatives of European organizations as well as those of member countries.
The Belarusian minister also announced that these sanctions could affect the accreditations granted to members of international news organizations allowing them to operate in the territory.