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Youth Human Rights Movement

Solidarity: Political conscription in Belarus

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The pressure upon activists continues in Belarus. As usual, the state uses all the possible mechanisms for this purpose. In autumn 2008 – winter 2009 three activists: Ivan Shilo, Dmitry Fedoruk and Franak Vechyorko were conscribed to military service with rough violations of the Republic of Belarus legislation.

It turned out that for Belarus state it was much more important to use the army as one more repressive mechanism than to bother about increasing the armed forces prestige.

While there are cases before the court and various complaints lodged, guys are in military units and pass their military service.

Human rights activists have the information that there is a certain "additional attention" attention to these young men.

What can you do?

As a rule, when we start Solidarity campaigns we ask to write pressure letters to different authorities making decisions on this or that question.

But in this situation there is another very important kind of Solidarity! Belarusian human rights activists ask to send letters of support to the guys themselves!

They need your support!

Send your letters to their military units!

* Dmitry Fedoruk 222169, Minsk reg., Zhodino, military unit 18662.
* Ivan Shilo 211172, Vitebsk reg., Lepel’sky distr., post office Mezhitsa, military unit 06405.
* Franak Vechyerko 247770 Gomel reg., Mozyr, military unit 48694.

Lena Tonkacheva
Foundation of legal technologies development
Team of the “Civil Solidarity” program
International Youth Resource Centre “Human Rights and Civil Actions”
Ukraine, Kharkiv