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USA and 28 other countries condemn Internet shutdown in Belarus
Combined with crackdowns, repression and arrests, restricting people’s access to the Internet further destroys civil space
The governments of the United States, the G7 countries and dozens of other democracies have strongly condemned the actions of the Belarusian authorities, which continue to try to turn off the Internet and block objectionable content after the falsified presidential elections in 2020. This is stated in a joint statement on the termination of the Internet in Belarus, the text of which was published on Thursday on the website of the State Department..
“Termination of work, blocking or filtering of Internet services unreasonably restrict the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression … In combination with restrictive measures and intimidation applied against opposition candidates, as well as mass arrests and detentions of members of the Belarusian civil society and journalists, actions by restricting access to the Internet, including social networks and other digital communication platforms, are further destroying civic space, ”the statement reads, the authors of which promised to support the people of Belarus, whose voice is heard despite the repression.
The appeal was signed by representatives of the authorities of the USA, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway , Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Great Britain and Ukraine.
“We call on the Belarusian authorities to refrain from disconnecting the Internet … and to comply with Belarus’s international human rights obligations … We call on the Belarusian government to respect … human rights and fundamental freedoms, democracy and the rule of law,” the statement says..
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