In the second half of 2020, Germany will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
In March 2021, to counter tyranny in Belarus, the Federal Government joined with international partners to initiate a mechanism to document severe human rights violations in Belarus. The aim is to make it possible to investigate and prosecute such cases in future.
Since August 2020, people in Belarus have been demonstrating peacefully against electoral fraud and state violence and calling for freedom of opinion and the release of political prisoners. The political leadership in Minsk is responding with repression and unconcealed violence.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his Australian counterpart Marise Payne today signed a declaration on an Enhanced Strategic Partnership. The virtual signing took place following the virtual 2+2 political and security policy consultations.
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