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Tuesday, June 07, 2005


Havel leads group to support Belarusian democracy

From The Prague Daily Monitor:

A group of former Czech dissidents led by ex-president Vaclav Havel has established the International Association of Belarussian Citizens to support democratic initiatives in Belarus, including the NGOs banned by the regime of Belorussian President Aleksandr Lukashenko.

The new association will present its plans, along with the Belarussian NGO Vyasna's report on the violation of human rights in Belarus, in the Senate next Monday.

A number of Czech politicians rank among the sharpest critics of the Belarussian regime and representatives of the Belarussian opposition can regularly find support in the Czech Senate.

Apart from Havel, the founding members of the new association in support of Belarussian NGOs include former Senate deputy chairman Jan Ruml, deputy ombudsman Anna Sabatova, head of the People in Need foundation Tomas Pojar and senator Karel Schwarzenberg.

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