2011 21/02

Common initiative of Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and Belarusian Helsinki Committee … wan in the nomination “Campaign of the Year” in the award of NGO Assembly “Champions of public society – 2010”.

The representative of “Viasna” Valiantsin Stephanovich joked at the award ceremony that the interest of the Procuracy to the observers’ campaign really shows that the initiative is nameworthy and remarkable.

“This is only the beginning, we are going to continue our work”, – noted the winners during taking their prizes.

During the presidential elections in 2010 in the frame of the campaign “Human right defenders for free elections” 80 long-term observers in different regions of Belarus observed all aspects of election process from the very first day of the election campaign. During early polling and during the main day of the poll 600 short-term observers in 300 polling stations all over Belarus observed elections. After considering the results of work human right activists noted that “elections didn’t correspond… to the international standards of democratic elections and that the announced results of elections don’t reflect will expression of the electorate. After the elections of December 19 KGB searched offices of HRC “Viasna” and BHC and also private flats of their leaders Ales Bialiatsky and Aleh Hulak. As is known on February 16 Prosecutor General rendered an official warning to Ales Bialiatsky for his activity on behalf of an unregistered human rights organization “Viasna”.

It’s interesting that among 9 nominations the initiators of the event made “Refusal of the Year” award, which was dedicated to authorities’ actions. The head of a Public association “Brest Viasna” Uladzimir Vialichkin assured that the diploma will be handed to the head of executive committee Kanstantsin Sumar. The point is that there are almost ten registration refusals to “Brest Viasna”. “If Sumar doesn’t like the present, we will fix the diploma on the honors board near the building of executive committee”, – promised Uladzimir Vialichkin.
“Champions of public society – 2010” award doesn’t only reveal the best and the most effective public association, but also demonstrates solidarity with different associations and initiatives, – stated the leader of the NGO Assembly Executive bureau Siarhey Lisichonak at the end of the ceremony. – The award is a sign of respect to NGO activists and those ideals of openness and cooperation which they popularize in their work”.

Quoting spring96.org,

Prepared by Ales LETA,

Belarusian Legal Portal,


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