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Rights Defender Detained In Belarus

Police in the western Belarusian city of Berastse detained prominent human rights activist Raman Kislyak today, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Kislyak was detained while distributing leaflets calling on local citizens to support the idea of Belarus joining the international coalition against enforced disappearances. Today is the International Day of the Disappeared. Several politicians and journalists have been missing in Belarus for a number of years.

The Berastse city authorities refused to allow Kislyak to distribute leaflets near the city's Lenin Square, so he did so, without permission, on Savet (Soviet) street.

Kislyak is currently being held in the police department of Berastse's Lenin district.