BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Friday called on Belarus, which will hold presidential elections this weekend, to ensure fundamental freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly and to guarantee candidates’ full political rights.
“The country’s sovereignty and independence can only be strengthened by peaceful, free and fair elections,” Borrell said in a statement.
He also urged Belarusian authorities to immediately release all activists, human rights defenders, bloggers and journalists detained on political grounds.
Reporting by Foo Yun Chee and Kate Abnett
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