Open Letter to Ice Hockey Federation: Political Repression in Belarus | Freedom House

Open Letter to Ice Hockey Federation: Political Repression in Belarus

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Following Belarus' unwarranted arrest of civil society activists, in a government attempt to silence them during the Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk, Freedom House issued an open letter to International Ice Hockey Federation President René Fasel:

"We write to inform you that 32 members of Belarusian opposition and civil society organizations have been placed under preventative arrest to prevent them from being seen or heard during the Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk," wrote David J. Kramer, president of Freedom House. "We call upon the IIHF to recognize that this championship is in fact taking place in an environment of harassment, abuse, and violence, where—more than in any other country in Europe—the leadership unfairly wields power and authority over others."


Belarus is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom of the Press 2014 and Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more about Belarus, please visit:
Fair Play Beyond Sports Campaign
Initiative for Belarusian Political Prisoners
Freedom in the World 2014: Belarus
Freedom of the Press 2014: Belarus (draft report)
Nations in Transit 2013: Belarus
Freedom on the Net 2013: Belarus
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