Arrest and detention of journalists and demonstrators in Belarus UK statement

The United Kingdom is concerned about the recent arrest and detention in Belarus of over 100 people, including independent journalists, social media actors, human rights defenders and peaceful environmental demonstrators. The UK shares the concerns expressed by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media that the detainees include journalists, who have been subject to imprisonment and administrative fines when they were reportedly merely observing and covering public gatherings.

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