MEPs call for an immediate, thorough, impartial and independent investigation into the death of Raman Bandarenka, as well as other deaths linked to public protests, the EP’s press service informed.
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As reported, 31-year-old Bandarenka was beaten in the courtyard of his own house in Minsk on November 11 by people in masks who took off their white-red and white ribbons. The next day Bandarenka died at the hospital where he was taken from Minsk Central District Office with extensive cerebral edema, closed skull and brain injury, subdural hematomas, bruises and abrasions.
On Thursday, the EP adopted a resolution on human rights violations in Belarus, paying particular attention to the case of the murdered teacher Bondarenko, and accustomed to an immediate, thorough, objective and independent investigation into his death.
In its resolution, the EP strongly condemns Bandarenka’s assassination and extends its condolences to his family and to all those who have lost loved ones as a result of the repression carried out by the Lukashenko regime.
MEPs also reiterate their support Belarusian the protesters’ demands for freedom, democracy, dignity and the right to choose their own destiny, and condemns the ongoing human rights violations, intimidation and disproportionate use of force against peaceful protesters.
The resolution was adopted by 613 votes to 41, with 35 abstentions.
As reported, due to Bandarenka’s death last week, about 5,000 people gathered in Minsk to say goodbye to the activist.
Farewell to Bandarenka took place in a church on the outskirts of Minsk, where people arrived with red and white flowers.
Protests against the rigging of the presidential election have continued in Belarus since 9 August. Thousands have been detained and several hundred injured in protests. Major protests usually take place on Sundays.