Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya addressed the UN Human Rights Council via video link on Friday, calling for fair presidential elections in her country.
She also called on the Belarusian authorities not to use force against people who protest against President Aleksandr Lukashenko.
She also asked the international community to take firm action against the current Belarusian regime. Tichanovskaya fled her homeland to Lithuania during a brutal police crackdown in Belarus following the August 9 presidential election.
According to the official results, these were won by the incumbent leader Lukashenko, but according to the opposition, the polls were fraudulent.
The UN Human Rights Council is discussing the situation in Belarus after Germany called for a debate.
According to Germany, there has been a “sharp deterioration” in human rights in the Eastern European country since the controversial elections.