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Belarus: Further information on fear of torture or ill-treatment / possible "disappearance": Yuri Zakharenko

, رقم الوثيقة: EUR 49/031/1999

The former Minister of the Interior, Yury Zakharenko, has now been missing for more than six months. He "disappeared" at the start of the unofficial presidential elections in May 1999. Amnesty International fears he may have been deliberately targeted by the authorities to silence a prominent and outspoken member of Belarus's peaceful opposition.

PUBLIC AI Index: EUR 49/31/99
25 November 1999
Further information on UA 101/99 (EUR 49/10/99, 10 May 1999) and follow-up
(EUR 49/20/99 2 September 1999) - Possible “disappearance”
BELARUSYury Zakharenko
The former Minister of the Interior, Yury Zakharenko, has now been missing
for more than six and a half months. He “disappeared” at the start of the
unofficial presidential elections in May 1999. Amnesty International fears
he may have been deliberately targeted by the authorities to silence a prominent
and outspoken member of Belarus’s peaceful opposition.
Since he “disappeared” there has been very little new information about his
fate. His wife, Olga Zakharenko, has reportedly been repeatedly threatened
and intimidated. At the start of October 1999 she reportedly stated in a radio
interview that she has been constantly subjected to anonymous threatening
telephone calls and also has been warned to leave the country.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in your own language:
- urging that the whereabouts of Yury Zakharenko be immediately established
and made known to his family, and that if he is in police custody he be given
immediate access to his family, and to legal representation;
- urging that any criminal charges against him are made public;
- urging that he is protected from any form of ill-treatment;
- urging that his wife, Olga Zakharenko, and two daughters be protected from
any intimidation.
APPEALS TO:
The telephone system in Belarus is unreliable and fax tones may therefore be
difficult to get. Please keep trying (it can help to dial slowly), particularly
during office hours as fax machines are sometimes turned off at the end of
the working day (+3 hours GMT). If a voice answers, repeat “fax” until connected.
The President of Belarus, Alyaksandr LUKASHENKA
Respublika Belarus
220016 g. Minsk
ul. Karla Marksa, 38, Administratsia Prezidenta Respubliki Belarus
Presidentu Lukashenka A.H
BELARUS
Telegrams: Presidentu Lukashenka, Minsk, Belarus
Faxes: + 375 172 22 38 72 / 26 06 10
Salutation: Dear President
The Procurator General of Belarus, Aleh BOZHELKO
Respublika Belarus
220050 g. Minsk
Ul. Internatsionalnaya, 22
Prokuratura Respubliki Belarus
Generalnomu Prokuroru
BOZHELKU A., BELARUS
Telegrams: Generalnomu prokuoro, Minsk, Belarus
Faxes: +375 172 264166
Salutation: Dear Procurator General
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Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Yuriy Sivakow
Respublika Belarus, g. Minsk, Ul. Urytskaha, 5
Ministerstvo vnutrennikh del Respubliki Belarus, Ministru Sivakowu
Telegrams:Ministerstvo vnutrennikh del, Minsk, Belarus
Faxes:+ 375 172 26 12 47
Salutation:Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Ivan ANTONOVICH
Respublika Belarus
220030 g. Minsk
Ul. Lenina, 19
Ministerstvo inostrannykh del
Respubliki Belarus
Ministru ANTONOVICH I., BELARUS
Faxes: + 375 172 27 45 21
Salutation:Dear Minister
and to diplomatic representatives of Belarus accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 7 January 2000.

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