People not allowed to political draftee Yauhen Skrabets’ military oath ceremony

2009 2009-10-09T18:41:43+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 8 October the Young Front activist Yauhen Skrabets gave the military oath. The ceremony was held in a military unit in Zhodzina.

The ceremony couldn’t be called a mass action, as only one soldier – Yauhen Skrabets – took part in it. As it was found out, he was the only one draftee during the additional drafting campaign in September, the website reports. Other soldiers have already given the oath.

The ceremony was held in Belarusian in the office of the head of the military staff. By the way, as the event fell on week day, access to the military unit was forbidden and opposition activists were not allowed to visit the ceremony. Only the parents of the political draftee could watch it.

Bear in mind that the Young Front activist was forcefully drafted into the army on 21 September.

The military enlistment office ‘haunted’ Yauhen Skrabets. Once he was even kidnapped by unknown people and forcefully taken to hospital.

Though the youth activists has serious problems with the backbone and can’t serve in the army, the medical examination, carried out on the demand of the military enlistment office, found the young man ‘fit for military service’.