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Mikita Yemialyianau

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL6469, tabled on 28 February 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Belarus regarding Mikita Yemialyianau, who is currently imprisoned in that country.

Answered on

14 March 2022

We are aware of the case of Mikita Yemialyianau. There are over 1000 political prisoners in Belarus. We remain deeply troubled about the intolerable prison conditions in which detainees are held in Belarus. We urge the authorities to release political prisoners, immediately and unconditionally, and have raised this both bilaterally and multilaterally. The UK has imposed over 100 sanctions in response to the fraudulent elections, human rights violations, and repression of civil society and democratic opposition in Belarus. This repression takes place amidst Belarus' unacceptable support of Russia's illegal and unprovoked attack against Ukraine, which the UK strongly condemns and is taking action against.