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Foreign Minister Aurescu: Romania will continue to support Belarusian people’s right to a democratic future

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Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu said on Tuesday that Romania will remain a dedicated supporter of the Belarusian people’s right to a democratic future and a rightful place in the European family, agerpres.ro reported.

„I want to express Romania’s serious concern about the situation in Belarus. We regret to see that Belarus is still one of the most restrictive and hostile media environments in Europe. The situation was only worsened after the rigged presidential elections of 2020 and we have urged for abusive measures to stop. Belarus needs support so it can continue on the path towards democratic transition in accordance with the reasonable expectations of its citizens,” said Aurescu in a keynote speech at the high-level section of the 46th regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, via video conference.

„The UN Human Rights Council has a duty to support this effort, along with the international friends and partners of Belarus. Romania will remain a dedicated supporter of the Belarusian people’s right to a democratic future and a rightful place in the European family,” Aurescu is quoted as saying in a press statement released by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE).

In his speech, the minister pointed out that Romania’s first national strategy for preventing and combating anti-Semitism, xenophobia, radicalization, and hate speech will soon be approved by the Romanian government.