Civil activists searched on the border

2012 2012-10-01T14:58:04+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 30 September the Belarusian customs officers searched the civil activists Siarzhuk Semianiuk and Iryna Smiayan-Semianiuk at the border crossing point “Novaya Huta”.

The family was returning from the Ukraine after a visit with relatives. According to Iryna, at first they were detained for half an hour – most probably, the customs officers didn’t know what to do with them. Then customs officer Piatro Khamutovich said “You see, we don’t know where you travel” and added that their car would be examined.

However, the customs officers searched not only the car, but also all personal belongings of Iryna and Siarzhuk and drew up an act of examination. Nothing illegal was found, though.

“Maybe they liked T-shirts of the campaign against the death penalty in Belarus, which were in the car, as they unfolded them and looked at them with interest”, pointed Iryna Semianiuk. “They also searched all our things and the car, including the glove compartment and the hood. They were evidently looking for money.”

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