Updated at 16:42,06-12-2016

Picket in memory of disappeared politicians in Minsk

An application for holding a picket in memory of former vice speaker of the Supreme Council of Belarus Viktar Hanchar and businessman Anatol Krasouski was sent to the Minsk city executive committee on August 26.

The action, which is to take place in Minsk on September 16, is initiated by the United Civil Party. As udf.by reports, on that day ten years ago, Viktar Hanchar, former head of the Central Election Commission and vice speaker of the Supreme Council of Belarus, and businessman Anatol Krasouski disappeared.

The participants of the picket are going to have it on the place of kidnapping – at the intersection of Fabrychnaya Street and Rabochy Zavulak.

"The circumstances of the crime and the further events provoked close attention of the world community – in governments of democratic states, international organizations, including United Nations," the organizers note. "Absence of real results of the 10-year investigation gives grounds to put in doubts efficiency of investigative activities taken by the appropriate governmental bodies."

We remind that in 1999–2000, Viktar Hanchar, first vice speaker of the 13th Supreme Council of Belarus and head of the Central Electoral Commission; businessman and public figure Anatol Krasouski; former interior minister and opposition politician Yury Zakharanka; ORT TV channel camera operator Zmitser Zavadski disappeared in Belarus. Nothing is known about the fate of these people.

The international community calls to find out further fate of the disappeared Belarusian oppositionists. Resolutions of UN Human Rights Commission, Parliamentary Assemblies of the Council of Europe and the OSCE urge to reveal the truth about the disappearances.

A number of Belarusian high-ranking officials, in particular minister of internal affaires Uladzimir Navumau, head of the president’s administration Viktar Sheiman, former minister of internal affaires Yury Sivakou, and former commander of special task squad Dzmitry Paulichenka are banned from entry into the EU countries and the US, because they are suspected of involvement in kidnapping of the oppositionists.