Belarusian authorities denied a visa to Amnesty International’s researcher on Belarus, Heather McGill.
The refusal to grant access to Amnesty International now when representatives of the organization have been visiting the country unhindered for over 20 years to carry out human rights work highlights the current deterioration in human rights in Belarus.
Amnesty International has taken steps to clarify the reasons for the refusal to grant a visa to Amnesty International’s researcher. On 22
October, the Secretary General of Amnesty International, Salil Shetty, wrote to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus,
Vladimir Makei, requesting clarification for the refusal to grant a visa. Several letters have been sent to the Embassy of the Republic of
Belarus in the United Kingdom, but no response has been forthcoming.
The organization therefore concludes that the refusal to grant a visa to Heather McGill is the result of a political decision not to
cooperate with Amnesty International, and to deny its representatives entry to the country.
This decision comes at a time of deteriorating human rights situation in the country.