The European Commission has told PAP it will call on the Belarusian authorities to drop charges against members of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB) and to immediately and unconditionally release them.
The head of the Prime Minister's Office has accused Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian president, of taking revenge on his own people following a series of operations targeting Belarus's Polish minority
The president of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB), Andżelika Borys, and the head of the local branch office in the western city of Lida, Irena Biernacka, were charged in Minsk on Friday with "incitement to hatred," the Znadniemna.pl portal has announced.
Andrzej Poczobut, a board member of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB) and a journalist, detained under the criminal charge of "incitement to hatred," will remain in custody.
Poland has gained international support in its campaign against the repressions currently being inflicted on the Polish minority in Belarus.
The Polish Foreign Ministry has accused the Belarusian authorities of violating “international norms” with its treatment of Belarus’s Polish minority.
The judge who sentenced the head of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB), Andzelika Borys, to 15 days' arrest, will be banned from entering Poland for an indefinite period on Thursday, the head of PM's office has said.
The head of the US embassy in Warsaw has expressed his concern over the detention of Andrzej Poczobut, a representative of the Union of Poles in Belarus, and said the embassy will hold Belarus to account.
Andrzej Poczobut, a board member of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB), was detained by the Belarusian authorities on Thursday morning, the day after the ZPB leader, Andzelika Borys, was sentenced to 15 days in jail.