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The leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya hopes for quick changes in her country. “I really hope that the new Belarus will very soon be able to again take its well-deserved place among other countries that respect human rights and dignity,” Tikhanovskaya said on Tuesday, September 8, addressing the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) via videoconference … She emphasized that the Belarusians are currently fighting for the values ​​that PACE stands for. Among these values, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya named human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Meanwhile, Belarus remains the only state on the European continent that is not a member of the Council of Europe.

Tihanovskaya calls for sanctions against Minsk

At the same time, Tikhanovskaya called on the world community to put pressure on the authorities in Minsk, including President Alexander Lukashenko. “We need international pressure on this regime, on this one person who is clinging to power. We need sanctions against persons who issue and execute criminal orders that violate international norms and human rights,” Interfax quotes Tikhanovskaya as saying.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya stressed that after the falsification of the election results, Lukashenko does not have legitimacy as the head of state. “He no longer represents Belarus. The forces and countries that conclude agreements with Lukashenka do it at their own peril and risk,” she said.

For almost a month now, mass protests and strikes have been going on in Belarus, which began after the announcement of the voting results on August 9. According to the Central Election Commission of Belarus, the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko won 80.1 percent of the vote in the elections. Protesters disagree with these results. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya was forced to leave Belarus a few days after the vote and is in Lithuania.

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