August 4, 2012
As part of the Day of Solidarity with the People of Belarus, Artak Kirakosyan, the General Secretary Of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Arman Danielyan, chairman of the Civil Society Institute (Armenia) tried to pass on a petition letter to the Embassy of the Belarusian Republic in Armenia. After relentlessly ringing the Embassy’s doorbell, nobody appeared, in spite of the fact that it was a normal working day. A guard outside the building (an ensign from an Armenian security service) suggested that the fact that the embassy door was not being opened indicated they were not willing to accept the letter. The guard was not aware of any other way of passing on the letter aside from giving it directly to someone. There was no postbox present outside the building. Whilst this conversation was taking place with the guard, two people with a pre-arranged appointment approached the Embassy. After they rang the doorbell the door was opened just a crack, and a worker at the Embassy informed them that it would not be possible to let them in at that time. They were asked to wait, after which the door was firmly closed.
The attempt to pass the letter on to the Embassy was thus unsuccessful- it would instead later be sent by post.
“This event is absolutely typical of the way the Belarusian authorities behave,” said Artak Kirakosyan, the General Secretary of the FIDH, “They refuse to heed the problems that lay before them and hide behind closed doors, instead of hearing out the Belarusian people and the global community, and listening to their opinions. This is a path of action which leads down a blind alley, from which it will become harder and harder to exit via a civilized route. The current situation in Syria is clear evidence of this fact. As long as civil society in Belarus is not allowed to function in a normal manner, as long as Ales Belyatsky remains in prison, the future of Belarus is in danger.”