More victims of foreign travel restrictions

2012 2012-03-15T17:44:46+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Zhanna Litvina, Mikhail Yanchuk and Andrei Bandarenka were not allowed to leave Belarus.

According to “Salidarnasts”, border guards told Zhana Litvina she was on the list of persons temporarily restricted from leaving the country. The head of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) got an “exit denied” stamp in her passport. Litvina was told it was a decision by police.

Human rights activist Andrei Bandarenka was ordered to get off the train at night as he was travelling from Minsk to Warsaw. No explanations were given to him.

BelSat journalist Mikhail Yanchuk was not allowed to leave Belarus on 15 March.

A number of Belarusian public and political activists were banned from leaving Belarus in the last days.

On 13 March human rights defender Aleh Hulak paid a visit to the Migration and citizenship department of Frunzenski district of Minsk and received a certificate confirming the foreign travel restrictions to him.

Aleh Hulak is banned from leaving Belarus on the request of the Justice Ministry in connection with a civil suit. The travel ban is substantiated by the fact that on 5 March the Justice Ministry allegedly applied for banning travel for him, as a civil suit had been filed against Aleh Hulak.

“I have not heard about any civil suits. Moreover, I have just returned from the Justice Ministry, and there are no such materials on its database. Under the law the procedure looks in the following way: the court issues a travel ban as a civil suit exists. This information is passed through the Justice Ministry to the Migration and Citizenship department. But there is no information about any civil suits in the Justice Ministry,” Aleh Hulak said to “Belarusian Partisan”.