April 6, 2012

IGLYO condemns the ban of peaceful demonstration of LGBTQ activists in Minsk


The Executive Committee of Minsk announced Friday about their decision to refuse the permission of a peaceful solidarity silent action to take place in the capital city of Belarus on April 9.

The public event under the slogan “The silence day: we keep silent, so that we could be heard” was supposed to take place in the Mayakovski Street, with the location being far from nearby bus stops, says Siarhei Androsenka, head of the LGBT Human Rights project “GayBelarus”.

In their refusal letter, the Executive Committee of Minsk referred to Article 9 of the Law of the Republic of Belarus on the staging of public events, saying that “public events are not allowed at the distance of less than 200 meters from underground pedestrian crossings and metro stations.”

The Committee failed to determine the exact location of the peaceful picket, the source says, adding seven people were supposed to participate in the demonstration.

The silent action aimed at bringing renewed attention to homophobia and violations of LGBTQ rights in Belarus.

The Executive Committee of Minsk banned last month another peaceful demonstration against intolerance towards LGBTQ people, but the local LGBTQ activists managed to distribute flyers in streets.

IGLYO condemns the decision of the Executive Committee of Minsk to ban peaceful demonstrations of LGBTQ activists in Minsk, urging the local authorities to respect the right of their citizens to the freedom of assembly. This fundamental right is protected in the Constitution of Belarus, with Article 35 stating that “the freedom to hold assemblies, rallies, street marches, demonstrations and pickets that do not disturb law and order or violate the rights of other citizens of the Republic of Belarus, shall be guaranteed by the State.”

IGLYO is a Brussels-based umbrella organization representing the needs and interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer young people throughout the pan-European region.

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