Chief Editor of Bialystok Niva Not Let into Belarus

2005 2005-01-28T10:00:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Belarusian Consulate in Bialystok refused to issue visa to the chief editor of the weekly of Belarusians in Poland Niva and the head of Belarusian Union in Poland Eugeniusz Wappa without any comments.

In his interview to RFE/RL Mr. Wappa said:

-- I consider it as the confession of the role which Niva plays in the life of Belarusians. We try to touch different aspects of life, including Belarus. We write about it in our articles… I think this is the reason for the refusal. It’d be also a good thing to ask the Consul about it, but Geneva Convention frees consulates from answering to such questions.

Before that, Belarusian Consulate in Bialystok refused visa to the journalist Jerzy Kalina, who deals with Belarusian topics and whose documental films about Belarus received awards at prestigious European festivals.

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