Statement by Local EU Presidency on medical condition of Mr. Bandarenka

Minsk, 25 July 2011


As acting local presidency of the EU in Belarus, the Polish Embassy issued the following statement:

European Union member states have learned of the precarious medical condition and mistreatment of Mr. Zmitser Bandarenka in custody.

We understand the claim of Mr. Bandarenka's family that an inadequate rehabilitation process following a surgical intervention may leave Mr. Bandarenka permanently incapacitated.

The EU Local Presidency fully shares the concern of Mr. Bandarenka's family and associates and calls on Belarus' authorities to ensure proper treatment, counsel, and rehabilitation of Mr. Bandarenka.

The EU Local Presidency continues to urge Belarus' authorities to release all political prisoners promptly and unconditionally.

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