German foreign minister backs call for end to Belarusian persecution

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas joined 29 German and Swedish lawmakers on Wednesday in calling for an end to the persecution of peaceful protesters and human rights defenders in Belarus.The appeal has been sent to Belarusian authorities and criticizes “the continuous targeting” of the human rights organization Viasna and its supporters, the Stockholm-based Right Livelihood Award Foundation said.The foundation manages an award often called “the alternative Nobel prize,” and among this year’s winners were Viasna and Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski.Mass protests, arrests and c…

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