Police summon founders of the national youth LGBT-organization in Minsk, Baranavichy, Brest, Mahiliou and Vitsebsk

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The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 15 January the department on drugs control and counteraction to human traffic of the police bureau of the Brest City Executive Committee summoned two founders of the Belarutian national youth civil association "Lambda" (the label under which "GayBelarus" is trying to legalize its activities for the second time), born in 1991 and 1993. The constituent assembly of the organization took place in Minsk on 8 December 2012.

On 16 January the department of drug control and counteraction to human traffic summonsed for talks eight founders of the national LGBT-organization in Baranavichy, Mahiliou, Minsk and Vitsebsk.

In Brest two boys received telephone invitations on 15 January. The police promised to tell them the reasons at the police station. One of them was subsequently said that the reason was a homosexual rape in the city, and the other – that somebody had allegedly proposed oral sex to an under-aged boy not far from his place of work.

The main topic of the talks were the activities of the human rights LGBT-organization, the constituent documents of which had been passed to the Ministry of Justice of Belarus several weeks ago with the aim to get registered with the state. A special interest was paid to the person of the Belarusian LGBT activist Siarhei Androsenka, his partner Aliaksei Kulik and the Zhodzina LGBT activist Barysu Sahaidarau. Moreover, the police asked questions about the private life of the activists: how they became homosexuals, what roles they played, what were the places of gathering of homosexuals in Minsk and Brest.

The police evidently violated the right to privacy. Moreover, the summonsed people weren't told anything about their legal status: whether they were suspects, accused or witnesses.

Bear in mind that in the night of 12-13 the department of drugs control and counteraction to human traffic raided an LGBT party in the Vitsebsk club "21st century". The day before an analogical raid was conducted in the Minsk club 6A.

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