Babruisk resident singed out from hospital after refusal to vote

2012 2012-09-26T17:22:37+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The Babruisk resident Inha Sudzilouskaya was suddenly signed out from a hospital in Babruisk after she refused to vote.

“I was passing a medical examination in Minsk in connection with an oncological illness. I wasn't informed about my signing out in advance – on the contrary, I was waiting for the results of the analyses, and had an ultrasonic examination appointed on Monday. However, all of a sudden, I am signed out with hints that the reason was my disagreement to vote at polling station #267, established at the hospital on the election day.

“We were to have breakfast at 8 a.m., but it wasn't served until everybody voted. By that time all the medical personnel was on the go, the heads of the medical departments had no right to go out until we “implement our civil duty”. Everything was done by 3 p.m. They kept forcing me to come to the  polling station for a long time, but I refused and even threatened to call the OSCE observers. The head of the precinct election commission replied that “You will be talked with tomorrow!”

According to the woman, one more guy refused to vote: “I don't know what to think, but the following day, when I stood with my belongings packed for leaving, I saw this guy in the hall, dressed in warm clothes. I don't know, maybe he was signed out too. I was told: “You should understand everything yourself”. I should say, that there were no talks about signing me out of the hospital before the election,” states Inha Sudzilouskaya.