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OSCE Drafts Critical Resolution On Belarus Hockey Championship

Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka
Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka
More than 60 members of the Parliamentary Assembly from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe from 21 countries have co-sponsored a resolution to pull the 2014 International Ice Hockey World Championships out of Belarus.

The resolution urges Belarus to stop harassing human rights activists; suspend house arrests; and allow an international investigation into allegations of torture in prisons.

Parliamentarians from across 56 countries, including Belarus, will vote on the measure at the annual session of the OSCE's Parliamentary Assembly on July 5-9 in Monaco.

In March, the European Parliament approved a resolution calling on the International Ice Hockey Federation to consider taking away from Belarus the right to host the 2014 world championship because of human right abuses.

Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has denounced what he called the "pressure" being applied over the tournament.
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