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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –

Source: CDU CSU

Dear Madam President! Dear Colleagues! The world is in turmoil and democracy is being trampled on in many places. Every day we have to accept reports – incidentally, very topical today about the elections in the United States – that make us very worried, including from Belarus.

Since the presidential election on August 9th, blatant human rights violations have been carried out here: electoral fraud, restriction of freedom of expression and freedom of the press, mass arrests and torture without a legal basis, violence against peaceful demonstrators. Dear colleagues, we must not leave this uncommented, and we must not ignore it either. We must stand up together for democracy and for the rule of law, especially as the German parliament. That is why I am grateful today that we are putting the joint motion of the CDU / CSU, the SPD and the Greens to the vote here today.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from MPs of the SPD and MP Manuel Sarrazin [Alliance 90 / THE GREENS])

The number of those arrested in Belarus rose to over 16,000. News came today that students who took part in the protests over the weekend have been de-registered. This is reminiscent of the darkest time in history. But the Belarusian people are not giving up. The courage of the Belarusians is impressive and deserves the greatest respect. From here we can say again: We stand by your side as the German Parliament!

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD as well as from Deputy Manuel Sarrazin [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN])

One thing is clear: if a regime, in order to remain in power, allows violence on the street, arrests its citizens and has them tortured in prisons, then this regime has long since lost. Today we want to make it clear once again from this Bundestag: election fraudsters must never be election winners! We do not recognize the result of the presidential election.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from MPs of the SPD and MP Manuel Sarrazin [Alliance 90 / THE GREENS])

We welcome the restrictive measures adopted by the Council of the European Union on October 2nd, as do the measures promised today. The country needs constitutional reform so that the power of individuals is restricted and the rights of parliament are strengthened. The Belarusian people must be enabled to decide for themselves about their future. That is why we demand an end to violence, the release of all political prisoners and fair new elections with international election observation.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

At the end I may quote our former Federal President Roman Herzog:

Without democracy there can be no lasting peace …

Dear colleagues, let us continue to work together for democracy and human rights in order to create peace.

Thank you very much.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)


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