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Belarus: Two protesters have been living in the Swedish embassy in Minsk for 13 months

Belarus: Two protesters have been living in the Swedish embassy in Minsk for 13 months

“We are still working on (resolving this) the situation, both in Minsk and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Stockholm. We are acting as the situation requires, including for embassy security,” the Swedish Foreign Ministry told the Swedish Foreign Ministry, refusing to elaborate.

After the anti-government demonstrations, Vital and Oladzislaw Kuznichik went from Vitebsk on September 11, 2020 to the Swedish Embassy in Minsk, where they wanted to obtain political asylum. When this was refused, arguing that it was not possible at the diplomatic mission, but only in Sweden or at the border, they jumped from the embassy fence.

The men say they face severe repression and even death for participating in protests in Belarus.

According to Swedish media, the father and son at the embassy were provided with a room with beds and a shower and were provided with food.

The case of the Belarusians is being dealt with by the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT), which is investigating whether the men were not allowed to stay, Sweden would be in violation of the UN Convention against Torture. Expected position in November.

In the opinion of Martin Ogla, president of the Swedish NGO Oestgruppen that deals with human rights and democracy in Eastern Europe, “the solution to the situation may be to escort them from the embassy to a neighboring country.”

In 2015, Sweden received a record number of over 160,000. Asylum applications. The migrants, often without documents, made their way to Swedish Malmö from southern Europe via Germany and Denmark.

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