In Minsk Pompeo met with human rights defenders and HTP

Belarusian human rights activists said on Saturday about the meeting with U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo during his visit to Minsk. The head of the state Department and representatives of the human rights center “Viasna” , Belarusian Helsinki Committee, the Office for the rights of people with disabilities and Belarusian language Society discussed the protection of human rights in Belarus, RIA Novosti reported.

According to the members of the center “Spring”, Pompeo talked about a number of problems in the Belarusian society: violation of trade Union rights, the situation of languages, difficulties in implementation of citizens ‘ rights of Assembly and meetings. In response to Pompeo reported that he had raised human rights during a meeting with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.

Pompeo noted that, although progress in the field of human rights and democracy in Belarus is noticeable, it is insufficient to talk about a complete lifting of us sanctions against Minsk.

After a conversation with Lukashenko and foreign Minister Vladimir Makei U.S. Secretary of state visited high technology Park of Belarus. The guest was shown the presentation of five of the Park’s resident companies working on contracts with the United States. From 751 HTP resident more than 280 perform certain types of work or services to the United States. Last year they made works on 900 million dollars.

As stated by the Director of the HTP Vsevolod Yanchevskii, “in the world of IT and high technologies of the USA is the country number one, the undisputed leader.” Therefore, he concluded Yanchevskii, for the Belarusian IT-companies in the American market is the most important.