Seminar: LGBT activist fighting oppression
Siarhei Androsenka is the president of the organisation Gay Belaruse. The organisation work to strengthen lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender peoples rights in Belarus. But since 71 activists, from all over Belarus, signed an application to register the organisation with the authorities, Siarhei Androsenka have been a police target.
When the signed application was handed in to the authorities, it didn’t take long for the regime to respond. Activists were called in for questioning and police conducted raids on gay clubs in Minsk and Vitebsk. Others were stopped at the border and had their belongings searched, and in at least one case, a member of the organisation was beaten at a police station.
Siarhei Androsenka became particularly vulnerable. His passport was confiscated on two occasions, and his landlord was pressured to evict him. After repeated threats he finally felt compelled to leave Belarus. Hear Siarhei talk about the situation for LGBT people in Belarus and his experience of being forced to go abroad.
The seminar will be held in Russian with English translation and moderated by Joanna Kurosz, Programme Officer at Civil Rights Defenders.
Time: Wednesday 27 November at 9.00 to 10.00
Location: Civil Rights Defenders, Stora Nygatan 26, Stockholm
Our office is situated on the second floor and the building lacks ramps, elevators and handicap-accessible bathrooms. If you have special needs, please contact us and we will find a solution.
View the seminar live or afterwards on our Bambuser channel.Categories: Events and Uncategorized.
Tags: Freedom of association, LGBT, and Violence against LGBT-people.