Belarus: Trade Unions

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th December 2017.

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Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the state persecution and harassment of trades union activists in Belarus.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

Our Embassy in Minsk pays close attention to developments in the field of political freedoms and human rights in Belarus and regularly encourages the government to make progress in these areas. Independent trades unions exist in Belarus but they and their members are under pressure, as reflected in the 2017 Freedom House report on Belarus.

Our Embassy is currently monitoring the cases of Henadz Fyadynich and Aliaksei Komlik of the Trade Union of the Radio Electronic Industry who were detained on tax evasion charges following a search of their offices in August. Both men have been released while an investigation continues. ‚Äč

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