Posted on 13.08.2013 in Belarus, Featured, News

Delegate to expatriates` congress complains about Belarusian visa denials

A delegate to the Sixth Congress of Belarusians of the World complained about visa denials for ethnic Belarusians resident in Poland. Speaking on the second day of the forum, Helena Glogowska, a citizen of Poland, said that she was denied a Belarusian visa in October last year and could not attend a scholarly conference and visit her aunt`s grave.

“This time I had to spend an entire day in a consulate, waiting for someone to decide whether or not I could attend the congress,” she said.

Ms. Glogowska said that expatriates were concerned about the duplicity of the Belarusian government`s policy. While the government`s representatives insisted at the congress that Belarusian ethnic communities were very important to the country, Belarusian diplomatic missions in Poland seemed indifferent to delegates` problems, she said.

Ms. Glogowska, a historian who chairs a Belarusian cultural society in Gdansk, planned to take part in an international conference on the theme of “People of Ancient Hrodna,” which was organized by the Belarusian School Society, but was denied a visa. No reasons for the visa denial were given by the Belarusian consulate in Bialystok.

Alyaksandr Sapeha, a resident of Switzerland, suggested that Belarusian expatriates should hold their congresses abroad, “so that all Belarusians could take part.”

A member of the congress` presidium announced that imprisoned opposition politician Mikalay Statkevich was greeting the delegates.


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