The Ostrovets Nuclear Power Plant is an example of human rights violations
On 27 October, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius participated in a conference, which was organised in Bucharest (Romania) and focused on the situation in and the future prospects for Belarus.
Lithuania's Foreign Vice-Minister noted that the prevailing culture of governance and human rights violations in Belarus were illustrated by the Ostrovets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). “The veil of secrecy that covers it, incidents, the lack of consultations, the imprisonment of opponents are the elements that constitute reality faced by Lithuania, the Belarusian civil society and the international community during the implementation of the Ostrovets NPP project,” said the Foreign Vice-Minister.
Zananavičius drew attention to the fact that Belarus had failed to comply with the highest international standards and recommendations to ensureenvironmental and nuclear safety. Thus, the launch of the NPP poses a major threat to the security, environment, and public health of the people of Belarus and neighbouring countries.
The conference was attended by speakers from Romania, Poland, and the Baltic states, as well as representatives of the Belarusian civil society. The discussion was organised by the Romanian Center for Conflict Prevention and Early Warning in cooperation with Lithuania's Embassy in Romania. The event sponsor is the German Marshall Fund of the United States.