Statement by the Board of Directors of Club de Madrid on Belarus

The situation following the 9 August presidential election in Belarus gives rise to serious concern. We appeal to the authorities of Belarus to stop detentions and the use of force against unarmed demonstrators peacefully voicing their opposition to the presidential election process, to immediately release all those summarily detained and to ensure the fundamental right of peaceful assembly. Freedom of expression and assembly, as well as restraint and calm, are essential for the resolution of the present crisis.”