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Another student gets expelled for civil society activism

2014 2014-04-02T16:36:03+0300 2014-04-02T16:36:03+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Institute of Journalism of the Belarusian State University expelled another active student, member of the Movement "For Freedom" Mikita Semianenka. As stated by the Institute leadership, he was expelled for academic failure, as Mikita did not get a credit in one of the subjects.

The activist insists that the real reason is his active civil position: “My trips abroad, participation in the local elections and my active political position with respect to election monitoring in Belarus and abroad influenced my expulsion. It happened so that I missed some classes in foreign literature. The teacher got offended. He decided that I didn't respect him and stated that I would not get the credit as I travelled abroad too much."

“The repressive system still persecutes active students," says Deputy Chairman of the Movement "For Freedom" Yury Hubarevich. “Now it is gaining more bizarre forms. Leaders of the Belarusian universities realize that expelled students won't be left without support, they be placed in foreign universities, first of all – within the framework of Kalinouski program. That's why try to do everything possible to avoid disclosure of such cases.”

Therefore, the Movement "For Freedom" considers it necessary to give publicity to such facts of pressurization of politically active young people, and provide the repressed students with the opportunity to continue their studies abroad.