Norway’s Foreign Minister criticizes Belarus after arrests of activists: “Political prisoners must be released”

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen SøreideMinister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB

Norway’s Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H) strongly criticized Belarus on Thursday.

Belarusian security officials stormed the offices of activists fighting for civil rights in the country on Wednesday.

The rights group Vyasna states that the office in Minsk and the home addresses of at least five of the members elsewhere in the country were visited by the security agents. Several were arrested.

Norway strongly condemned the actions of President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime.

“The authorities in Belarus show a total lack of respect for fundamental human rights,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide tweeted on Thursday.

“Norway condemns the attacks on civil society and the arrest of human rights defenders in Vyasna and other organizations. Political prisoners must be released immediately,” she added.

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1 Comment on "Norway’s Foreign Minister criticizes Belarus after arrests of activists: “Political prisoners must be released”"

  1. Shouldn’t we be cleaning our own Western house first, before trying to regime-change the East, Ine?

    Investigative journalist Julian Assange is a political prisoner in Britain. The Icelandic hacker whose testimony was used to justify this has just recanted, saying he was paid to give false testimony, so the case has collapsed. Have you spoken out about this and demanded Assange be released, Ine?

    Another good case for you to instead look into is that of NATO Chief Auditor and Terrorism Financing Investigator Yves Chandelon who – according to the authorities – committed suicide in Andenne Belgium SSE of Brussels on 23 December 2016 … except for 3 obvious reasons he was murdered.+

    Anything he had discovered about international financing of terrorist groups he would have told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who presumably has … at the least … been intimidated into silence. So have you asked Jens what Chandelon my have discovered and what he knows about his death?

    Fearless investigative journalist Arjen Kamphuis, next door in the Netherlands, may well have been investigating Chandelon’s death, when he disappeared up near Bodø *Norway* in 2018 when (foolishly) camping alone.
    Norwegian authorities closed the case claiming without evidence that it must have been a kayaking accident, but a case of disappearance of any political dissident or investigative journalist should never be closed, until the exact manner of death is definitively proven, don’t you agree?

    Then too, Earth has begun boiling and some politicians keep playing their same old Neanderthal Cold War confrontation games, when we very instead need drastic international environment action as our top priority.

    + 1. The pistol was in Chandelon’s right hand, when he is instead left-handed.
    2. The pistol was unregistered, when he personally owned 3 and would have wanted a “friend” to do it, if he *had* been committing suicide.
    3. His family bitterly disputes he was in any way suicidal.

    There *was* a “farewell note” found with his body, but I have seen no handwriting expert confirmation it was his. And if he had in fact written it, it may have been to save his family from becoming “murder-suicide” victims like American dissidents Philip Marshall (9/11) and David Crowley (The Gray State film) … and their entire families … during the Obama&Biden administration.

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