Snow Maidens attempt to file petition with Parliament
A number of human rights activists wearing the costumes of Snow Maidens and New Year hares have filed a petition with the Belarusian Parliament urging the officials to abolish Article 193-1 of the Criminal Code. The performance was aimed at drawing attention to criminal prosecution for illegal NGO membership after the Parliament members went into recess without even considering the issue, despite numerous statements on possible annulment of the infamous Article.
The event was followed by a press-conference outside the Parliament building in Independence square.
The performance was held as part of the ‘Stop 193-1!’ campaign, initiated by the Assembly of Belarusian NGOs.
17 persons have been prosecuted and convicted under the Article over the past 4 years.