‘The Centre for Refugee Support’ has summed up the recently announced journalist competition results, dedicated to the problematic of forced migration.
The competition was implemented in cooperation with ‘Journalists for Tolerance’ Human Rights Initiative. The jury included a number of high-profile journalists and human rights defenders.
The awarding ceremony took place at the central office of Belarusian Association of Journalists in Minsk on February 28, 2019.
The 3rd position was shared by two authors:
Vasil Matskevich from ‘Media-Palessie’ (Pinsk, Brest region) wrote an article about Yury Amialchuk from Pinsk district, who had two serious diagnoses. The Belarusian authorities refused to provide medical care to the ill person free of charge, referring to the lack of Belarusian citizenship.Unfortunately, Yury passed away two weeks after the publication.
Halina Chyruk from ‘Commercial Courier’ newspaper (Babruysk, Mahilou region) wrote and article about the life of forced migrants from Horlovka in East Ukraine.
The second position was given to Tatsiana Smotkina, who contributed a radio report “To flee anywhere” for ‘Radio Racyja’ about the Chechenian refugees (see photo above).
The 1st position was given to a team of students from a theatrical laboratory Fortinbras with their report “Brest Transit. Part II”, dedicated to the so-called Chechenian ‘transit refugees’ in Brest. The team of authors was represented by Aramais Mirakian during the awarding ceremony. Mr. Mirakian coordinated the authors’ work within the team during the journalist project.
The contest winners received honorary diploma and awards.
Moreover, a round table discussion on “The Problems of Refugees in Belarus and Their Coverage in Mass Media” was held, prior to the awarding ceremony.
The Center’s for Refugee Support Head of Legal Department Ales Michalevic told about his personal migrant experience as well as about the peculiarities of Belarusian and international legislation, connected with forced migration.
The Center’s for Refugee Support Deputy Director Andrus Klikunou told about the problems and challenges, met by the forced migrants in Belarus nowadays.
A participant of ‘Journalists for Tolerance’ Human Rights Initiative Raman Stefanenka delivered a presentation on Hate Speech Markers and the Ways of Counteraction to Hate Speech in Mass Media.
An expert and actvist of Human Constanta Human Rights NGO Yuliya Miller told about the voluntary support mission to the Chechenian ‘transit refugees’, she coordinates in cooperation with her colleagues in Brest. This category of forced migrants has appeared in a highly specific and challenging sittuation, since, reportedly, the Polish border-guards let approximately one asylum-seeker out of ten applicants enter the country. Subject to the applied policy, the Chechenian forced migrants are ‘stuck’ in Brest for a long period of time. They try crossing the border again and again. Getting back to Brest, they have to rent apartments. However, it is not a rare case that they have to pay much more for the rented rooms than all other tenants. Also, they face problems with finding temporary jobs.
Human Constanta monitors the situation with the ‘transit refugees’ in Brest and provides them with humanitarian and legal assistance. Also, the organization arranges the awareness-raising events locally, including training sessions, seminars, master-classes, and discussions with presentations of documentaries.)
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Photo courtesy: Tatsiana Tkachova for Refugee.by