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EU 2004.02.04 Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe | Mr. Christos Pourgourides-Memorandum – Disappeared persons in Belarus English

Report
Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights
Rapporteur: Mr. Christos Pourgourides, Cyprus, Group of the European People’s Party

Mr. Christos Pourgourides Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights
Rapporteur: Mr. Christos Pourgourides, Cyprus

Summary

The report presents the results of the investigatory work carried out by the Rapporteur and the ad hoc sub-committee to clarify the fate of four well-known persons who disappeared in Minsk in 1999 and 2000. The conclusions which are drawn gravely impugn certain high representatives of the Government of Belarus. The draft resolution and recommendation called on the Council of Europe and its member and observer states to follow up on these findings, including by sanctions against the Belarusian authorities until they take the measures that must be taken against those responsible.

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Conclusions

9. On the basis of the information made available to me, I have come to the conclusion that a proper investigation of the disappearances has not been carried out by the competent Belarusian authorities. On the contrary, the interviews I conducted in Minsk, in conjunction with Mr Alkayev’s deposition before the Ad hoc Sub-Committee and the documents or copies thereof that are in my possession, have led me to believe that steps were taken at the highest level of the State actively to cover up the true background of the disappearances, and to suspect that senior officials of the State may themselves be involved in these disappearances.

10. I am fully aware that these are serious allegations, and I shall present hereafter a summary of the elements in my possession that have led me to these conclusions [7], and, finally, the consequences which I propose the Assembly may draw from these conclusions.

EU 2004-02-04 Parliamentary Assembly
Council of Europe | Mr. Christos Pourgourides Memorandum

Doc. 10062

Link: http://www.ciwr.org/documents_en/2004-02-04-purgurides-memorandum.html

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