Svetlana Tikhanovskaya will address the UN Security Council on 22 January. An online meeting was initiated by members of the Security Council of Estonia, France, Ireland, Norway, Great Britain and the United States. It will be dedicated to media freedom in Belarus. A telegram channel of the ex-presidential candidate reports.
“Svetlana will draw attention to the case of Igor Losik, who has been on a hunger strike for more than a month, journalists Katerina Borisevich, Ekaterina Andreeva, Daria Chultsova, media manager Andrei Alexandrov. She will also talk about the case of Sergei Tikhanovsky, in which Dmitry Furmanov, Vladimir Knigu, Yevgeny Roznichenko are being tried, and will share other stories of prisoners of conscience. Svetlana will raise the issue of international investigation of the crimes of the Lukashenko regime and the convocation of a formal session of the UN Security Council to overcome the crisis in Belarus,” reads the statement.
We will not boycott this meeting as our Western colleagues do as we have what to say in regard to this clear provocation undermining #SecurityCouncil’s mandate. It’s shocking to see what kind of #DoubleStandards our @EstoniaUN colleagues try to promote…@BelarusUNNY https://t.co/kHUIEQivws
— Dmitry Polyanskiy (@Dpol_un) January 19, 2021
Official representatives of Moscow and Minsk are also going to address the meeting. This is reported by TASS with reference to the Deputy Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN. Dmitry Polyanskiy called the participation of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in the meeting a provocation of the Western countries since the topic of Belarus is not on the agenda of the Security Council.
“Of course, this is a clear provocation on the part of Estonians and other Western countries. But we have something to say in return. Therefore, both Russia and, as far as I know, Belarus itself will take part in the meeting,” said Polyanskiy.
This is the second meeting of the UN Security Council with the participation of Tikhanovskaya. The first one took place on 4 September, when she called for the introduction of sanctions against those involved in human rights violations in Belarus and taking measures to stop the violence. Then Belarus was also represented by Vice-chairman of the de-registered Vesna human rights centre Valentin Stefanovich, legal expert of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Olga Sakhovich.