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Andrzej Duda meets Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

President Andrzej Duda met with Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Wednesday for talks on the continuing political repression in Belarus.

During the talks the role of the OSCE, the UN Human Rights Council and a return to the observance of human rights in Belarus were discussed according to the Polish presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski, thefirstnews.com reports.

Tsikhanouskaya did win the August 2020 presidential election in Belarus. Then Lukashenko claimed a victory. Tsikhanouskaya felt forced to flee to Lithuania, stating the poll was rigged in his favour and claiming to have obtained a majority of the votes.

Since then the authorities have clamped down hard on political dissent, arresting hundreds of people.

Krzysztof Szczerski, the head of the International Policy Bureau at the President’s Office, specified the talks had covered the political situation in Belarus and ways the international community can resolve the situation around the persecution of Poles in Belarus and “a return to the observance of human rights there.”

In recent weeks leaders of the Polish community in Belarus have been arrested.

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