public associations, social movements and initiatives, institutions,
citizens of the Republic of Belarus in connection to the repression of
the Trade Union in Radio-Electronic Industry leaders.
The authorities of Belarus continue to violate the basic civil rights. In 2017 a criminal case against the leaders of the Independent Trade Union of Radio-Electronics Industry (REI) Gennady Fedynich and Igor Komlik was opened. The leaders were accused of non-payment of taxes for the year 2011.
Despite the obvious artificiality of the charge, the case was referred to the court. The first trial was held on July 30, 2018.
In this connection, we announce:
the criminal prosecution of Gennady Fedynich and Igor Komlik, REI Trade Union leaders, has an obvious politically motivated nature. It is aimed at interfering with the independent trade union movement, infringement on human rights to freedom of association, the establishment of trade unions and entry into them to protect civil society interests.
We regard the actions against the leaders of the REI Trade Union as the revenge of the authorities for leader’s active and effective actions to protect the social and economic rights of Belarusian citizens.
The REI Trade Union essentially and consistently supports people when their civil rights are violated, it stands firmly in the protection of workers. Infamous ‘Decree on parasites’ was canceled due to the powerful opposition of people, and it was the REI Trade Union that took the main burden to protect the victims of the authorities actions.
We appeal to the citizens of Belarus and in response to the authorities' persecution, we announce the launch of a joint campaign to attract new members to the REI Trade Union.
We call on workers, leaders and members of public associations, movements and initiatives, institutions to join the REI Trade Union. It is our joint actions that will become a worthy and effective response to the repression of the authorities against the independent REI Trade Union.
We call on the international trade union and human rights organizations to pay close attention to the course of the trial of Gennady Fedynich and Igor Komlik and express their position regarding the unlawful persecution of trade unionists.
The REI Trade Union was helping us, it's time for us to support it!
We will respond to the repression of the authorities by solidarity and unity of civil society!
As things stand on August 4, 2018 the statement was subscribed by 10 organizations and 87 persons.
Social and information institution "TimeAct"
Public institution "Belarusian Documentation Center"
The Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Narodnaya Hramada)
Civic organization "Committee of Solidarity"
International Center for Civil Initiatives "Nash Dom"
Human Rights Center "Legal Assistance to the Population"
Institution “New Platform innovation”
Department of the International Association for the Protection of Human Rights in Barysau
The civil initiative "For a fair trial in Belarus"
Private enterprise "Tiza Engineering"
and 87 persons.
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