Participants of 19 December protest rally are expelled from educational establishments

2011 2011-01-11T18:39:55+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Students, who served 10 or 15 days of arrest after the events on 19 December started to be expelled from college  and universities as the Christmas holidays ended.

Three students of Minsk Polytechnic College were among the first who were flunked out. Today this practice has been extended to students of universities, RFE/RL reports.

The formal reason for expulsion is not absence from lectures (there are no lectures in late December), but failure to earn credits, which grant admission to exams.

Ina Kulei, the head of Solidarity, a public committee to defend the repressed, confirms that some students have already asked for help. She assures that the expelled students have an opportunity to study abroad, but senior students will have to choose:

'We have some offers. The European Humanities Universtity (EHU) is to organize a special program for the repressed; Kalinouski education program is to be extended. We are holding negotiations with the Embassy of Ukraine. This also may be individual courses in any country, in the Czech Republic, Germany and the Netherlands.

Most of the applicants are senior students. But in accordance with the Polish Kalinouski program, they cannot be admitted to the same year of study. Besides, if are talking about part-time education, only a few universities offer technical courses, most offer to study humanities. So, we encourage students to struggle at first. We render legal assistance, help to compose complaints, attract journalists to cover the situation in order deans and rectors not to take hasty decisions. It’s an independent decision of a student how to proceed.'

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