Former presidential candidate and opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya intends to address the UN Security Council and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), her press service has reported.
Tikhanovskaya’s press service announced both plans for a speech at a meeting of the UN Security Council on 4 September and an address to the PACE on 8 September.
According to Tikhanovskaya’s representatives, she has already held ten conversations in person and by phone with foreign ministers of different countries from France to Canada and seven conversations with the leaders (presidents and prime ministers) of European countries from Ireland to Poland, including the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
Last Monday, Tikhanovskaya told the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee that government intimidation would not stop the peaceful protesters. “We will not relent,” the exiled Belarusian opposition leader said, speaking from Vilnius. “We demand to respect our basic rights. We demand all political prisoners be free.”
Since moving to Lithuania, the opposition leader has called on Belarusians to continue to protest peacefully calling for Alexander Lukashenko to step down. The protests follow Lukashenko’s victory in Belarus’s presidential election on 9 August, which the opposition and EU say was rigged.
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Last Friday, EU foreign ministers meeting in Berlin agreed to sanction up to 20 senior Belarusian officials for their role in “fraudulent elections” and the subsequent crackdown on peaceful protesters. The individuals have not yet been named and the list is expected to grow.