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Polish MFA condemns searches of Union of Poles in Belarus activists’ flats

The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned on Tuesday searches in flats of activists of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB) mandated by the Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime.

“Poland received with concern the information about searches of residential premises occupied by members of the Union of Poles in Belarus,” the ministry wrote on social media. “We call on the Lukashenka’s regime to stop actions violating international law,” it added.

Poland received with concern the information about searches of residential premises occupied by members of the Union of Poles in Belarus.

We condemn the repressions against the 🇵🇱 community in Belarus and call on the Lukashenko regime to stop actions violating international law.

— Ministry of Foreign Affairs 🇵🇱 (@PolandMFA) November 15, 2022

The Belarus-based centre for the protection of human rights “Viasna” reported about the searches on Monday. They were conducted in flats belonging to activists Irena Waluś and Renata Dziemiańczuk.

Earlier on Monday, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus announced that the Grodno regional prosecutor’s office had sent a request to the court for liquidation of the Klerigata company, on the basis of which the ZPB operates.

‼ URGENT #Belarus #UPB
More repression against activists of the Union of Poles in Belarus. The country's authorities have opened a criminal case against them for activity in an unregistered organization – reports Marek Zaniewski, the organization's vice president, on his FB page

— Belsat in English (@Belsat_Eng) November 14, 2022

Criminal proceedings have been initiated, pertaining to the illegal organisation of activities of the social association.

The Union of Poles in Belarus was banned by the Belarusian regime in 2005.

ZPB activist and journalist Andrzej Poczobut has been held in custody since March last year on charges of “inciting hatred”. The head of the ZPB, Angelika Borys, was released from custody but nevertheless is under house arrest, according to the media.


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