Post-graduate student expelled from National Academy of Sciences for attempt to exercise his rights

2011 2011-12-13T18:03:27+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Mahiliou resident Aliaksei Paulouski was expelled from the post-graduate department of the Institute of Physiology of the National Academy of Sciences.

The reasons for the expulsion aren't explained in the order of the rector, Iosif Zalutski, which was delivered to the student as late as 13 December, though the scientific board of the institute had taken the appropriate decision back on 23 November.

Aliaksei Paulouski states that by this step the administration of the educational establishment took revenge for his activity aimed at the protection of the right of students coming from other towns and cities of Belarus to be provided with accommodation at the student dormitory.

Bear in mind that on entering the post-graduate courses at the Institute of Physiology of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus Aliaksei Paulouski demanded to be provided with a place in the academy's dormitory. However, he was told that there were no places, as a result of which he had to live in a rented apartment, as well as many other post-graduate students.

He learned that about 40% of such laces were occupied not by post-graduate students, but those who have finished post-graduate courses, and other people.

“I addressed the Presidential Administration and the Ministry of Education with the request to discriminate in the situation and provide me, and four other post-graduate students, who signed the address, with places in the dormitory. We threatened to hold a creative action “For flourishing Belarus with sleeping space for all!”,” said Aliaksei. “That's how our troubles started. After this address all of us were summonsed by the Academy Administration. Each of us was pressurized individually, with the aim to make us withdraw our signatures. As a result, only my signature was left under the address.”

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