Friday, March 18, there was a meeting of the Council on Civil Society and Human Rights under President of Russia. The meeting reviewed the situation with the Belarusain "lists of banned" among other issues. The Russian side was interested in the reasons for inclusion of some Rusian citizens in these lists, depite the fact that they had committed no criminal or administrative offenses on the Belarusian territory.
The Council meeting was attended by the head of the International Committee of the International Observation Mission to monitor the situation of human rights in Belarus, a human rights activist, Andrei Yurov, previously deported from Belarus.
As reported by the international committee, monitoring the human rights situation in Belarus, the Council endorsed the further work in several areas, related to the situation in Belarus, at the meeting. Thus the Council under the President of Russia plans to establish a group on the human rights situation in Belarus and Russia, including the harmonization of legal systems of both countries.
In addition, it was proposed at the meeting to develop legislative measures to ensure the possibility of Russian lawyers’ work in Belarus, and the Belarusian ones — in Russia.
As Telegraf previously reported, March 16, Minsk police detained the head of the International Committee of the international observer mission, monitoring the human rights situation in Belarus, Andrei Yurov. Belarusian authorities gave the defender 24 hours to leave the country. Andrei Yurov’s deportation from Belarus was explained by his being in the alleged «lists of banned» from March 4.
Actions by the Belarusian authorities have caused human rights bewilderment. «I thought that I’m a desirable person in this country, as I’m involved in the human rights work. But I turned out to be an unwanted person.» And it’s not clear what the lists of banned are, who and what for they are made of. I’ve been just informed that I should leave Belarus within 24 hours, which I’ve, naturally, signed,» said Andrei Yurov at a press conference in Minsk.
Long-term mission of the Committee of international control over the human rights situation in Belarus was established on December 27, 2010 in connection with the situation in Belarus after the presidential election. It included representatives of human rights organizations, the OSCE, monitoring the observance of human rights by the Belarusian authorities and radical community groups.