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Tuesday, November 11, 1997 Published at 23:20 GMT



World: Europe

Belarus government accused of human rights abuses

A new opposition movement has emerged in Belarus.

A hundred prominent opposition figures have signed a document which they called Charter Ninety-Seven.

The signatories, who called on all Belorussians to sign the document, warn against the infringement of basic human rights and liberties by the administration of President Alexander Lukashenko.

The text says that the country's fundamental law is flouted and the Belarussian people are denied the right to elect representatives to governing structures.

Among the signatories are the former leader of Belarus, Stanislav Shushkevich, several former deputies, leaders of the opposition Popular Front, trade unionists, writers and journalists.

The movement's spokesman at the press conference which launched Charter Ninety-Seven was Pavel Sheremet, a Belarus correspondent of Russian Public Television, whose three month detention in July sparked off a diplomatic row between Russia and Belarus.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service






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