ARF Youth to Protest at Belarussian Embassy in Yerevan

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YEREVAN (A.W.)—The Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) of Armenia and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) “Nigol Aghpalian” Student Association will hold a protest at the Embassy of Belarus in Yerevan on Jan. 16, calling on Belarussian authorities to fairly and objectively approach the detainment of blogger Alexander Lapshin and to not give in to the demands of Azerbaijan.

ARF youth protesting at Yerevan’s U.S. Embassy in 2015 (Photo: Rupen Janbazian)

Lapshin—who holds dual citizenship to Israel and the Russian Federation—was arrested on Dec. 15 in Minsk by the orders of Azerbaijan authorities for his visits to Nagorno-Karabagh Republic (NKR/Artsakh) in 2011 and 2012.

Azerbaijan has placed Lapshin on their blacklist and has opened a criminal case against Lapshin for “illegally” crossing the Azerbaijani border.

The protest will be joined by representatives of the youth wings of Armenia’s various political parties as well as members of non-governmental organizations.

“On Sept. 2, 1991, the Nagorno-Karabagh Republic declared independence. This declaration was guided by the USSR acting Constitution and laws that gave the population of Karabagh the right to decide independently the issue of their state-legal status in case of a Soviet Republic’s secession from the USSR. On Dec. 10, 1991, a referendum was held where 99% voted for the independence of Karabagh. We call upon the Belarusian authorities to impartially and comprehensively approach this issue and not to yield to the unfair demands of the Republic of Azerbaijan,” read a part of the statement released by the AYF and “Nigol Aghpalian” Student Association.

The demands of the AYF and “Nigol Aghpalian” Student Association were also sent to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Armenia, Igor Nazaruk.


Source: Armenian Weekly
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