Common people declare boycott of elections

2008 2008-09-12T19:03:28+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 11 September after visiting the General Prosecutor’s office about 40 citizens from different districts of the country declared boycott to the parliamentary elections and called on everyone who had suffered from self-will of the officials to join this action. These people also adopted an appropriate address.

Uladzimir Zhurba of Navapolatsk ( Vitsebsk region), technical director of Vitorzhyie company, one of the signatories of the address, told to BelaPAN he as under examination and his enterprise is ruined due to a criminal case instigated against his wife. The businessman came to Minsk to see Prosecutor General Ryhor Vasilevich. ‘But the Prosecutor General didn’t even agree to see the people, though women of venerable age made a long way to solve their problems. It is an eloquent example of the authorities’ attitude to the people,’ U.Zhurba said.

According to Sofyia Shastakovich, a daughter of a repressed participant of the Great Patriotic War, she couldn’t cancel residence registration of her son in law, registered but not living in her apartment for many years. ‘I declared boycott, because it is the sixths year when I am trying to gain justice. My constitutional rights are violated, officials sign documents but don’t read them, and don’t bring any responsibility,’ S.Shastakovich noted.

The address says, in particular, that elections in Belarus have lost any sense. ‘The country should live according to laws adopted by MPs. But we know from our experience that Belarusian officials violate the laws. That is why lawlessness reigns in the country. Adopting of new laws in this situation will only promote lawlessness and cover it,’ the authors of the document think.

They call on people to overcome fear, think about their children and grandchildren, whose future ‘depends not only on a slice of bread on table and roof over their heads’. ‘More things are necessary for a decent life and first of all the authorities who serve the people,’ the address says.

The address is directed to Alexander Lukashenka, the head of the Central Election Commission, the head of the OSCE office in Minsk and the UN reprehensive in Belarus.