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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority It is time to sit back and reflect.

Mark Twain


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Belarusian human rights defenders invited local authorities to dialogue


Activities of the officers of Belarusian law-enforcement bodies during peaceful actions of February 8, 14 and 16, 2010, as well as the situation around the “Union of Poles in Belarus” have caused deep concern from the side of publicity and human rights community.

As a result of a collective discussion on February, 17, 2010, human rights organizations of Belarus have made a decision to initiate negotiations with law-enforcement institutions of Belarus for the aims of exchange of positions regarding the issue of freedom of assembly and ensuring law and order during conduction of peaceful assemblies. A special organizing committee has been created for the purpose of conducting negotiations.

An invitation to participate in negotiations has been sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, to the Chief Directorate on Internal Affairs of Minsk City Executive Council, to the Republican and Minsk City Prosecutor’s Offices, to the Militia Special Forces Regiment, to the Direction of the KGB in Minsk and Minsk oblast, to the Ministry of Information, to Chamber of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus (to the Commission on Human Rights, National Relations and Media)

Representatives of foreign diplomatic missions, as well as of OSCE Office in Minsk and the Delegation of the European Union to Belarus have been invited to uptake the functions of an immediate observation of the negotiations.

Negotiations are planned to take place on February 19, 2010, from 11.00 to 13.00.
Venue: Hotel “Europe” (28 Internatsionalnaya Str., Minsk), 7 Floor, Negotiations room.

Elena Tonkacheva on behalf of the organizing committee:

“When turning to the chiefs of the law-enforcement bodies we assume that dialogue and constructive negotiations are the best means. We do not see any obstacles for the beginning of such negotiations and account for participation of representatives of law-enforcement bodies in the dialogue we are initiating. We do think that this is the most perspective form of establishing communication and strengthening capacity for integral movement directed onto improvement of situation with human rights in Belarus. I am certain that this aim is not less important for representatives of state structures than it is important to us”.

Organizing committee:
Alies Bialiatski, Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Inna Kulei, Committee for Defense of the Repressed “Salidarnasc”
Aleh Gulak, Republican Human Rights Public Association “Belarusian Helsinki Committee”
Zhanna Litvina, Public Association “Belarusian Association of Journalists”
Tatsiana Revyaka, Belarusian Human Rights House
Raisa Mikhailouskaya, Public Association “Human Rights Center”
Elena Tonkacheva, Enlightenment Institution “Legal Transformation Center”