The European Parliament today adopted a Resolution calling on the Belarusian authorities to carry out a full investigation into the murder of Roman Bondarenka.
Parliament condemned in the strongest possible terms the murder of Roman Bondarenka in Belarus, and expressed its condolences to his family and to all families who have lost loved ones as a result of the repression of Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s regime.
Mr Bondarenka, a 31-year-old art teacher, was brutally beaten on the evening of 11 November by a group of plain-clothed men in masks who reportedly had close ties to the regime. Mr Bondarenka was taken into detention where he was subjected to further beatings. He later died as a result of his injuries.
MEPs demanded prompt, thorough, and independent investigations into his death and the protest-related deaths of other Belarusian civilians. They reiterated their support for the protesters’ demands for freedom, democracy, dignity, and the right to choose their own destiny, while condemning the ongoing human rights violations, intimidation, and disproportionate use of force by the authorities towards peaceful demonstrators.