House of Lords written question – answered on 15 March 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the statement on Belarus by the International Democrat Union issued in Prague on 23 February.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

We welcome the statement on Belarus by the International Democrat Union. The UK is at the forefront of efforts within the EU and the wider international community to bring pressure to bear on the Belarusian authorities. We have been vocal in advocating a tough EU response, such as re-imposing the travel ban on individuals responsible for human rights abuses. We have repeatedly demanded the release of those detained on political grounds and we are increasing our level of support to Belarusian civil society, political refugees and students who have been expelled from their universities.

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