Polish citizen deported from Mahiliou

2011 2011-11-14T17:27:54+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The Migration and Citizenship Department of the Kastrychnitski district of Mahilou has decided to deport Polish national Magdalena Kalinowska, a member of Institutum Orientalium foundation, from Belarus.

A report on administrative offense says that the Polish citizen violated the rules of staying in Belarus – she was registered on one address, but really lives in another place, Radio Svaboda reports. The girl was training people in Mahiliou for studying business methods in tourism, agriculture and transport sector. She was summoned to the migration department yesterday evening.

“I was issued a fine for failure to register on the new address. I must leave Belarus on 16 November. My visa expires on the same day. I am banned from entering Belarus for three years. It’s not fair. I am not a criminal. I did not know re-registration was needed. There are two means of punishment: a fine and deportation. I am both fined and deported,” Kalinowska said.

Magdalena got a notice in her passport that she must leave Belarus by 16 November without the right to enter the country until 16 November 2014.

Major Piotr Simonchyk, the chief of the migration and citizenship department, declined to comment on the situation with detention of the Polish national. He said the interior department of the Mahilou region executive committee could comment on the matter.

Magdalena Kalinowska has been in Mahiliou since August never facing complaints from police before. Mahiliou human rights activists will appeal against the decision of the migration and citizenship department.

Institutum Orientalium is a non-governmental organization that develops relations between the Eastern European, Balkanian and Asian countries. The organization runs a project as part of the Programme of Polish help to Belarusian businessmen. The NGO plans to open information centers in Hrodna, Brest and Mahiliou to share Polish experience in business.

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