The Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tijanovskaya called on the United Nations on Friday to send an international observation mission to Belarus to document the brutality of the police against mostly peaceful demonstrators.
“We, the Belarusian people, need the help of the United Nations to stop the obvious violations of human rights and the cynical lack of respect for human dignity in the center of Europe”, defended the opposition during their intervention before the ONU Security Council.
Tijanovskaya finished second in the August 9 elections, in which President Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected for his sixth term. The opposition denounces fraud and claims the opposition was the real winner. Since then, protests have taken place in Minsk and other cities in the country.
“We call on the United Nations to condemn the excessive use of force by the Belarusian security services against the demonstrators,” said Tijanovskaya, and also called for individual sanctions against officials involved in the violence.