Belarusian Popular Front sounds alarm over dismissals of opposition activists

2013 2013-07-01T18:12:10+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en

Dismissals of members of opposition parties became more frequent this past June, Ihar Lyalkow, deputy chairman of the Belarusian Popular Front (BPF), says in a statement issued on Monday.

Employers take advantage of the fixed-term employment contract system to fire opposition activists, Mr. Lyalkow says.

Thus, employment contracts were not prolonged last month with BPF member Ivan Sheha, a medical doctor in Slonim, Hrodna region; Valyantsina Alinevich, a member of the United Civic Party who was a professor at Belarusian State Economic University in Minsk; and Valery Beraziyenka, a member of the "Spravedlivy Mir" (Just World) Belarusian Party of the Left who was a professor at Belarusian-Russian University in Mahilyow.

Mr. Lyalkow condemns the dismissals as politically motivated, demands the reinstatement of dismissed opposition activists, urges the government to abandon the fixed-term employment contract system in favor of a system based on open-ended contracts, and warns authorities against applying discriminatory measures against public employees ahead of the 2014 local elections.