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Results of first month of the International Committee of the International Observation Mission work. Press conference

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January 27 in Minsk held a press conference on the results of the first month of the International Committee of the International Observation Mission to monitor the situation of human rights in Belarus.Press conference was held at the office of HRC Viasna, gathered 15 journalists of the Belarusian and foreign media.
An international observer mission on Human Rights in the Republic of Belarus has started to act Dec. 27, 2010. In the Mission's work defenders, civil society activists from non-governmental organizations in the OSCE area. The mission of the Committee is acting on behalf of international control over the human rights situation in Belarus, which unites for the moment the representatives of 30 human rights organizations from countries in the OSCE area and international civic networks and organizations.
Summing up the results for the month, Victoria Gromova, representative of the International Observation Mission, a member of the coordinating council of the International Youth Human Rights Movement said that over the past month in the Mission was attended by 13 human rights activists from Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia. Mission to respond to threats to human rights defenders, journalists and civic activists, and supervised during investigative activities conducted in the offices of civil society organizations, the apartments of the Belarusian human rights defenders and journalists have made about 10 trips. Mission statement prepared 3 and 3 policy briefs, which systematically breaches of rights of representatives of various professional groups: human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers and makes recommendations for change. Talking about the purpose of presence in Belarus, representatives of human rights organizations from the countries of the OSCE, Victoria Gromova also noted that in the modern world there are more challenges to civil society, and this dictates the need to build new lines of international solidarity, social activists from different countries.
Expert of the International Observation Mission, the chairman of Helsinki Association of Armenia Mikael Danielian, gave colleagues from Belarus words of support from journalists and human rights in Armenia. According to him, the experience of Armenian activists, may be useful for civil society in Belarus.
Ales Belyatsky - Head of the Human Rights Centre "Vesna" said Mission's work is especially important during this period, when human rights activists in Belarus are overworked, related to assistance to victims. According to Ales Belyatsky, thanks to the mission challenge of systemic human rights violations in Belarus remain in the field of view of the world community.
Chairman of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Jeanne Litvin noted the importance of international support for ending government interference in the professional activities of journalists. Jeanne Litvin wished journalists and human rights in Belarus firmness and consistency.
Events dedicated to the analysis of the situation of human rights in Belarus and the results of the first month of the International Observation Mission held these days in Ukraine, France, Switzerland and Russia.

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