Updated at 11:30,08-12-2016

Opposition Asks Prosecutor General to Examine "Goddad"

Representatives of the Belarusian democratic forces demand from the General Prosecutor to institute proceedings on the show of the film "Goddad" on the Russian TV channel NTV.

This was announced on the press conference held 16 July in Minsk which was attended by the former head of Belarus Stanislau Shushkevich, the leader of the "Fair World" Party Syarhey Kalyakin, the chairman of the United Civil Party Anatol Lyabedzka, the coordinator of the campaign "European Belarus" Andrey Sannikau, and the vice chairman of the BPF Party Ryhor Kastusyou.

The opposition leaders believe that the Prosecutor General’s Office must investigate political disappearances in Belarus which were the theme of the film, and prosecute either editors of the NTV channel on charges of defamation or President Alyaxandr Lukashenka for "organisation, complicity, and solicitation for murdering two or more persons in connection with their official work or public duty, with the aim of concealment of another crime or facilitation of its commission, based on political and ideological hostility".

The politicians said that they would appeal to international institutions and strive for these cases to be investigated under the aegis of the UNO. Besides, as Anatol Lyabedzka said, the opposition leaders were working out a joint appeal to the European Parliament with the proposal to hold hearings on politically reasoned disappearances in Belarus.

The authors of the appeal are also going to send an application to Minsk City Executive for holding a rally under the slogan "We demand international investigation of the cases of the disappeared!".