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Belarus Free Theatre

Demand for The Release Of 2 Studio Fortinbras Students, Minsk, Arrested for Participating In An “Unauthorized Mass Event” In Support of LGBTQI Equal Rights

Tuesday 11 December 2018

Press release: 11 December 2018

We, the members of Belarus Free Theatre demand the immediate release of two of our students who have been arrested in Minsk for allegedly participating in an ‘unauthorised mass event’.

The two have been arrested 11th December following the earlier arrest on 8th December of another student on the same charges, who was held for 3 nights before being fined and released after a court hearing 11th December.

These arrests are completely disproportionate to the supposed offense and an indication of the Belarusian authorities’ determination to clamp down on freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. The fact that our students are arrested for participating in an action in support of LGBTQI rights, and that it has coincided with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are further indicators of the Belarus authorities’ utter contempt for human rights.

These arrests are meant to intimidate us and all human rights defenders and ordinary citizens into silence and to remind us that the police and the laws in Belarus are not there to protect the people but to protect the state from its own citizens.

However, we will not be silenced and will continue to call out human rights violations, wherever they happen.

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