Updated at 21:04,23-03-2021

Swedish Human Rights Activist denied Belarusian visa

The chairman of a Swedish human rights initiative Östgruppen Martin Uggla has been denied an entry visa to Belarus.

As said by the human rights activist, he with his family planned to go to Ukraine in June to visit the European Football Championship. However the Belarusian Embassy in Stockholm denied the human rights activist even a transit visa, Radio Liberty informs.

"It is obvious that they want to punish me for criticizing the Belarusian authorities for human rights violations. But it is a little comic that I am not even allowed to travel through Belarus with my children. But I am not going to keep silent about the human rights situation in Belarus because of this denial. On the contrary I am going to continue my work even more persistently and support my friends and colleagues in Belarus", Martin Uggla said.