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US Embassy in Belarus demands from Minsk to ensure freedom of speech for citizens of the country

US Embassy in Belarus demands from Minsk to ensure freedom of speech for citizens of the country

United States calls on Belarusian authorities to release unjustly detained people and respect human rights and fundamental freedoms

The United States Embassy in Belarus issued a statement on Saturday about the need to end the harassment and detention of journalists and blocking Internet access in Belarus.US Embassy in Belarus demands from Minsk to ensure freedom of speech for citizens of the country The statement was published on the official website of the embassy.

“We are concerned about the continued harassment of journalists, the blocking of independent media and opposition websites, periodic Internet shutdowns and arbitrary detention of civilians exercising their rights to freedom of assembly and speech,” the statement said..

American diplomats called on the official Minsk to “show restraint” and immediately release the unjustly detained people and find out the fate of the missing.

The United States supports “the Belarusian people in their quest for a democratic, prosperous future and supports their call for the government of Belarus to carry out democratic reforms and respect human rights and fundamental freedoms,” the statement said..

“We adhere to our long-term commitment to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Belarus, as well as the desire of the Belarusian people to choose their leaders and choose their own path without external interference,” the diplomatic mission stressed.

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