Libereco and eleven other civil society organisations from Switzerland demand the resignation of the three Belarusian honorary consuls in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

On the initiative of the German-Swiss human rights organisation Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights, twelve civil society organisations are calling for the resignation of the honorary consuls for the Republic of Belarus in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein.

The honorary consuls Hermann Alexander Beyeler (Pratteln, Canton Basel-Landschaft), Andrey Nazheskin (Givisiez, Canton Fribourg) and Timothy von Landskron (Schaan, Principality of Liechtenstein) work on a voluntary basis. By exercising their office, they support the Belarusian regime of Alexander Lukashenko. The latter is not only responsible for thousands of human rights violations in his own country, but also supports Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, which violates international law and has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths.

For example, Lukashenko allowed Russian troops to invade Ukraine from Belarusian territory and to this day, Ukraine is regularly attacked with missiles launched in Belarus. Beyeler, Nazheskin and von Landskron are jointly responsible for the suffering of countless people through the exercise of their office, as they continue to represent the Lukashenko regime abroad and thus legitimise its actions.

“The three honorary consuls have the blood of the torturing Lukashenko regime on their hands”

“The fact that the three gentlemen continue to place themselves in the service of a criminal dictatorship is outrageous. Despite all the crimes, they continue to cling to their office, which I condemn in the strongest terms. The three honorary consuls have the blood of the torturing Lukashenko regime on their hands. The three honorary consuls must decide whether they see themselves as democrats or as henchmen of a brutal dictator,” says Lars Bünger, President of Libereco Switzerland.

Together with other Swiss organisations, Libereco is therefore urging the Belarusian honorary consuls Hermann Alexander Beyeler, Andrey Nazheskin and Timothy von Landskron to resign from their positions as honorary consuls of the Republic of Belarus in Switzerland and Liechtenstein with immediate effect.

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Libereco had previously confronted all three honorary consuls by email. In Germany, two of the four honorary consuls of the Republic of Belarus have already resigned in recent months. Already after the brutal suppression of the protests following the rigged presidential election in August 2020, Libereco had asked them to do so in by email and letter, but at that time without any reaction.