Since summer severe law and human rights’ violations have been taking place in Belarus. For the moment, there are at least 15 thousand cases of violent detentions during the street protests or shortly after. BSA and Student Initiative Group have recognised at least 200 of them as students. Additionally, at the beginning of autumn more than 13 thousand people went abroad, for comparison, in 2019 more than 4 thousand people left Belarus.
Academic community was oppressed by HEIs administration and the Ministry of Education which is expressed in numerous administrative penalties (remarks and reprimands for students, depreciation for teachers), ‘educational conversations’ ‘ with individuals and groups of students, deprivation of scholarships, expulsion of students and firing of teachers.
The situation students in Belarus face testify to the enormous academic freedom violations and targeted pursuit of those people who have been demonstrating their position. Bearing in mind the above mentioned facts, Belarusian students’ association calls upon Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs to set free all the students who have been arrested, to stop prosecuting students in administrative and criminal matters, furthermore, the Ministry of Education to stop pressure on students and teachers within universities.
Thus we urge:
Bologna Follow-Up Group
European HEIs and donor organisations:
Proposed by: BSA
Seconded by: FZS, BOSS, ŠRVŠ, ANSA, FAGE, LSS, UAS, SKRVŠ, VSS UNES USU, ÖH, EÜL, KSU, UDU, SFS
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