Updated at 14:58,21-10-2016

Pickets on Human Rights Day Banned all over Belarus

10-12-2009, 17:03

The Human Rights Day celebrated worldwide on December 10, is in fact outlawed in Belarus. Human rights activists have been denied permission to hold pickets everywhere.

Groundless and illegal denials were received by human rights activists in Vitsebsk, Homel, Mahilyou, Navapolatsk, Mozyr, Smarhon, Byaroza, Barysau, Baranavichy and other towns. Initially a picket in Brest was banned too, but later the city vertical of power sent the human rights activists to "Lokomotiv" stadium, an analogue of Bangalore Square in Minsk.

Andrei Krachko, a chairman of "Moladz BPF", received a denial to the application to hold a picket in Minsk on Yakub Kolas square at 4-6 p.m. as noted by "Belorusskiy partisan", the denial was substantiated by the fact that "holding mass events is nor allowed at a distance of less then 200 metres from underground passages, metro stations". The answer was signed by a deputy chairman of Minsk city executive committee Mikhail Tsitsyankou.

Besides, Minsk city executive committee denied the representative of the trade union of Radio and Electronic industry Mikalai Herasimenka holding a picket. He had applied for staging a rally in Bangalore Square, an officially defined reservation for the opposition.