Brev fra Raftostiftelsen til Ud

Var på et utrolig inntresant seminar i dag i regi av Raftostifftelsen i Berge angående situasjonen i Hvit-Russland. I de nærmeste dagene komemr til å være blandt de viktigste i landets historie. derfor er det viktig at Norge stiller aktivt opp.
Raftostiftelsen har sendt et brev til Ud som jeg velger å legge ut her. Andre oppfordres til å vidreformidle det.

Utenriksdepartementet
Postboks 8114 Dep
0032 Oslo
Telefaks: 22 24 95 80
 
Att: Utenriksminister Jonas Gahr Støre
 
March 23, 2006
 
 
Protest letter concerning arrests in Belarus
 
 
The Rafto Foundation for Human Rights in Bergen (Norway) condemns the beating and arrests of peaceful demonstrators and journalists that have taken place over the last days in Belarus. Riot police and people in civilian clothes have blocked access to the Oktiabrskaja (October) Square in Minsk, detaining those who bring food and clothes to the protesters.
 
From 20 - 22 March 250 people were arrested on their way to or from the October Square, among them Andrej Dynko, editor-in-chief of Nasha Niva. Dynko was arrested on March 21 on his way to the main square in Minsk, where opposition supporters continued to gather. Dynko was taken to the Savietski District Court of Minsk on March 22 and sentenced to 10 days of administrative arrest for “a minor act of hooliganism.” A free-lance correspondent from “Polonia” Radio Station also got 10 days. Human rights defender Aleh Zlutko was also among the detained and was sentenced to 15 days imprisonment. The judges of Frunzenski District Court of Minsk sentenced a Ukrainian correspondent also to 15 days´. The student leader Tatsiana Khoma and a lawyer for NGO Assembly Yurij Chavusau received 10 days imprisonment. Unidentified civilians beat and robbed a reporter for the Czech daily Mlada Fronta Dnes as he was covering the rally in Minsk on Sunday, March 19, the Associated Press reported.
 
In addition Siarzhuk Sierabro, a photographer for the independent newspaper the Vitsiebski Courier appeared before the Kastrychnitski District Court on Wednesday, March 22.
Sierabro was arrested together with 15 demonstrators in the center of Vitsiebsk.
 
According to local and international press reports, the authorities arrested three Belarusian editors without explanation before the elections on March 18, and barred at least four Russian journalists from covering the vote itself. The detained are Sergei Nerovny, editor of the newspaper Volny Gorod in Krichev, Mogilevsk region, Andrei Shantarovich, editor of the newspaper Mestnaya Gazeta in Volkovysk, Grodnensk region, and Ivan Roman, reporter for the Internet version of the newspaper Solidarnost in Minsk.
 
The Rafto Foundation considers the Belarusian authorities' crackdown on national and international press unacceptable and a violation of the freedom of expression declared in Article 19 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The behaviour of the police is also in violation of the Belarusian media legislation. We consider the reported treatment of the peaceful demonstrators unacceptable and a violation of international human rights standards.
 
 
According to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) the presidential election violated international standards. We urge the Norwegian government to express its concerns, not only to the Belarusian authorities but to the Russian authorities in particular. We call on the Norwegian government to appeal to the Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs to release all political activists and journalists immediately and unconditionally and to provide full details about those detained.
 
We also call on the Norwegian government to support the March 15 statement of the UN Special Rapporteur on situation on human rights in Belarus, Adrian Severin, in which he strongly condemns the escalation of human rights violations committed by the Belarusian authorities against the independent press, opposition candidates and their supporters, and human rights defenders, ahead of the presidential election in Belarus.
 
 
 
 
Yours sincerely,
 
 
 
Arne Liljedahl Lynngård
Chairman of the Board of the Rafto Foundation

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Opprinnlig fra Skien, men er nå bosatt i Bergen. Har vært aktiv i venstre og unge venstre i mange år. Har hatt flere verv både på lokal og nasjonalt nivå. Er ute etter å forandre verden til det bedre hvis det lar seg gjøre.

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