An informal meeting of the United Nations Security Council was held on Friday. The meeting was attended by the deputy head of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marcin Przydacz. According to the ministry, the main topics of discussion were the deteriorating human rights situation in Belarus, hybrid threats and the accompanying disinformation activities of Minsk, as well as the migration crisis provoked by Belarus.
The press services of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed about the meeting. As stated in the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the topics of the informal meeting of the UN Security Council were: the deteriorating human rights situation, hybrid threats, accompanying disinformation activities, and the migration crisis provoked by Belarus.
The event, organized in the form of a videoconference by Estonia with the support of 31 countries, including Poland, was chaired by the Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eva-Maria Liimets.
Przydacz on the situation in Belarus
The deputy chief of Polish diplomacy – as we read in the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – drew attention to the cynical and brutal methods used by the Lukashenka regime, using third-country nationals to create migratory tension and pressure on the eastern border of the European Union and to pursue their own political goals.
He also drew attention to the wave of repression against Belarusian opposition activists, human rights defenders and journalists. He called on the Belarusian authorities to release Maria Kalesnikowa, Maksym Znak, Andżelika Borys, Andrzej Poczobut, Raman Pratasiewicz and all about 700 political prisoners. He stressed that Poland will always stand on the side of the Belarusian people.
The deputy head of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs also pointed to the need to interest the international community in the situation in Belarus. He expressed his hope that the new international mechanism established this year within the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights will make it possible to thoroughly investigate human rights violations by the Belarusian authorities.
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