Statement by EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and EU Commissioner for Neighborhood policy and Enlargement negotiations, Johannes Hahn on the release of political prisoners in Belarus (22/08/2015)

Brussels, 22 August 2015

The release of Mykalai Statkevich, Mykalai Dziadok, Ihar Alinevich, Jury Rubtsov, Euheny Vaskovich and Artyom Prakapenka, is a long-sought step forward. They are now free. 

Former presidential candidate Mykalai Statkevich stands out in particular as an example of the tireless work and commitment of many for a democratic Belarus.

We now expect the authorities of Belarus to remove all restrictions on the enjoyment of full civil and political rights of the released.

Today’s releases represent important progress in the efforts towards the improvement of relations between the EU and Belarus.