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Human rights activists discussed the situation in Belarus with the UN High Commissioner for human rights

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 February 13, 2011, a meeting between Russian and international civil society organizations and the UN High Commissioner for human rights Navanethem Pillay was held. Wide range of points was discussed during the meeting, including the human rights activists’ status. The meeting was led by Yuri Dzhibladze, President of the Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, the participating organization of the Committee of International Control over human rights situation in Belarus. The representatives of other participating organizations of the Committee also took part in the event.
Dmitry Makarov, the participant of the Youth Human Rights Movement Coordinating Council, one of the participating organizations of the Committee of International Control, pointed out in his plenary report several challenges ant threats, that, unfortunately, went beyond the national states frontiers and, therefore, the special attention was paid to the human rights defenders status in Belarus.
After the meeting the Committee of international control participants had an informal negotiations on the their future actions, moreover, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights attended a conversation with the head of the International Observation Mission in Belarus Andrey Yurov and representative of the Committee Dmitry Makarov.
During the conversation, there were suggestions to organize visit to the Republic of Belarus of representatives of the UN human rights agencies or to invite the Belarusian human rights defenders at separate talks to discuss human rights situation in Belarus to formulate the UN recommendations to the authorities of the Republic of Belarus. The mission documents on human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists in Belarus, prepared in collaboration with the Belarusian organizations were turned over the High Commissioner.
The UN High Commissioner said that she looks after the situation in the Republic of Belarus with interest. She expressed her willingness to scrutinize the analytic reviews and recommendations to amend the human rights status in Belarus, provided by the Belarusian human rights organizations and the Mission. Furthermore, Navanethem Pillay pointed out the uniqueness of such an international civil society initiative in response to massive human rights abuses like the Committee and the Mission.

The International Observer Mission
of the Committee of International Control over the human rights situation in Belarus