Baranavichy: Ryhor Hryk dismissed from work

2010 2010-07-22T17:30:57+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 22 July 2010 the administration of the Baranavichy wagon depot dismissed an activist of the For Freedom movement, Ryhor Hryk, due to the expiry of his labor contract.

The activist had been informed about the upcoming dismissal in advance on 14 June. Having received the notice, the activist addressed the Chairperson of the wagon depot, Mikalai Khvalei, with the request to extend the contract.

However, this request wasn’t satisfied. The enterprise administration cannot forgive the activist his principled civil position. Ryhor Hryk had taken an active part in the elections to the Baranavichy City Council in spring 2010. Moreover, on the eve of the elections he refused to declare domestic a trauma he received while working at the depot. As a result, he received the third warning for the last to years that his labor contract wouldn’t be extended.

Mr. Hryk was dismissed first time in 2008, after 17 years of work at the Baranavichy cotton combine. The reason was his participation in the elections to the Chamber of Representatives as an opposition candidate. During the local elections 2010, he submitted complaints and applications to the procuracy and the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission Lidziya Yarmoshyna, arguing that the Baranavichy City Election Commission rigged the elections.