Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections

Праваабарончы цэнтр «Вясна» беларускі хельсінкскі камітэт


Belarusian Embassy in Germany doesn't care for human rights

Activists of Amnesty International tried to pass to the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in Germany several hundred postcards with the demands to respect human rights. However, the embassy refused to accept them. The action is dated to the upcoming presidential elections.

The AI sections in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria were collecting postcards and photos within the framework of the campaign “My voice for human rights in Belarus”. The campaign was supported by several thousands of people from these countries: they put their signatures under the demand to the Belarusian authorities to respect the freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assebly, as well as to abolish Art. 193-1 of the Criminal Code (which envisages criminal punishment, including imprisonment, for activities on behalf of civil society groups, religious organizations and political parties that aren't registered with the state) and the death penalty.


October 6, human rights defenders held a picket with the same demands in front of the Embassy of Belarus in Berlin, after which they intended to pass all collected postcards and a photo collage to Belarusian diplomats, but the latter ones refused to accept them. As stated by the activists, now they will be sending all the postcards by mail instead.


Let us remind that these days early voting is held in Belarus, and human rights activists are holding a Week against the Death Penalty in Belarus.