UN rights council to host urgent debate on Belarus violence

GENEVA (AFP) – The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council agreed yesterday to host an urgent debate about the deteriorating rights situation in Belarus since protests erupted over Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed re-election as president last month.

The decision to host an urgent debate, as requested by the European Union (EU), was taken following a vote, with 25 of the council’s 47 members voting in favour, two against and 20 abstentions.

UN Human Rights Council President Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger of Austria said the debate would take place on Friday.