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UPD: “WATCH DOCS marked” Anti-Award Voting Results.

We chose the winners of the Anti-Award “WATCH DOCS Marked” according to the results of online voting(on the festival website) and real-life votings during festival shows. We went live with ballot counting at the Closing Ceremony of the festival. 

The organizers of the Anti-Award decided to choose 3 winners of online voting and 3 winners of offline voting because of the substantial difference in results. The organizers sent certificates to all winners by post.

 

Winners Of Online Voting:

🥇 Minsk Regional Executive Committee:

 For urban planning manipulations in Borovlyany village soviet amid mass protests of local residents.

 🥈 Special Municipal-domestic Service:

For the “improvement” of the Military Cemetery on Kozlova str. in Minsk, as a result of which dozens of gravestones and fences were demolished.

🥉 Administration of Pervomaisky district of Minsk: For the disregard for the public discussion procedure, the opinion of residents and their needs.

 

Winners Of Offline Voting:

🥇 The Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus: 

For the “BelTA Case”.

🥈 Ministry of Labour and Social Protection:

 For considering citizens, who paid income tax, as parasites.

🥉 Minskzelenstroy (literally: Minsk Green Constructing): For the destruction of the famous willow at Gorky Park, and for hundreds of other unknown trees destroyed throughout the city by an organization designed to preserve them.

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We invite the nominees of the anti-award to the medal-giving Closing Ceremony

Where: OK16 (Kastryčnickaja street, 16)

When: 16.12 at 17:00

As we approach the 70th anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as our WATCH DOCS Belarus Film Festival, we and our partner "City for citizens" announce big news. From now on, we want to protect human rights not only by showing films and making discussions, but also by 'marking' particular organizations, agencies, initiatives, or their representatives, giving them medal “for outstanding achievements in the field of human rights”.

During this year you probably followed the agenda, news, legal acts and reactions to them in the form of new initiatives. Not all officials, initiatives were, how to say, friendly to people. You probably signed petitions.
Our “anti-award” does not aim to reflect the state of human rights in the country, but to define human rights in a public space, to promote changes and to involve ordinary thinking people into the discourse.
So, our special doggy WATCHDOCS is ready to mark your nominees! Form a long list and vote during the screenings. Requirements for nominees:

- a government agency or enterprise, 
- a real fact, not just because you do not like it
- publication in media about the action / inaction: we need to check this fact.

You can "mark" your nominees in the questionnaire or send a letter tagged “anti-award” to [email protected] till December, 10.

We do not mark for no reason or with evil intent, we want to point out things that can be improved and pay attention to them. We stand for a civilized dialogue, we do not bark from around the corner. Therefore, the representatives of the departments noted in our list, will be invited to the medal-giving Closing Ceremony.

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Anti-Award nominees:

Special Municipal-domestic Service.

In the summer of 2018, Special Service “improved” The Military Cemetery on Kozlova str. in Minsk, as a result of which dozens of gravestones and fences were demolished. Many Minsk residents could not find the graves of their ancestors.

 

"Minsk Spadchyna"

In 2018 "Minsk Spadchyna" (literally: Minsk Heritage) conducted a "golden" reconstruction of Komsomolskaya str. in Minsk: building granite was more expensive than its market value, a clock cost 30 thousand dollars, 600 stakes cost 70 thousand dollars, etc. At the same time, there was no money to clean drainage facilities and deal with flood-producing summer storms.

 

Belarusian Orthodox Church

For the bulldozer "reconstruction" of a historic building in The Rakovsky Suburbs. In the summer of 2018, the BOC demolished a building of historical and cultural value on Vyzvaliennia str. to build a spiritual and educational center with a temple.

 

Administration of Pervomaisky district of Minsk

For the phrase of the deputy head of the administration, Vasily Kosovets, at a public discussion: “Nobody cares what you think! You were gathered to be informed about ways to express your opinion.” This phrase demonstrates the disregard for the public discussion procedure, the opinion of residents and their needs.

 

 Minskzelenstroy (literally: Minsk Green Construction)

For the destruction of the famous willow near Gorky Park, and for hundreds of other unknown trees in Minsk destroyed by an organization designed to preserve them.

 

Ministry of Labor and Social Protection:

For considering citizens, who paid income tax, as parasites.

 

The Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus:

For “The BelTA Case”. For pressure on journalists, for fines and for the fact that Marina Zolotova’s (the editor-in-chief of the portal TUT.BY) petition to dismiss criminal proceedings was denied.

 

Minsk Region Executive Committee

For urban planning manipulations in Borovlyany village soviet To implement its plans, Executive Committee is going to cut down 4.8 hectares of recreational forest, which inhabit species of flora and fauna from the Red Book of Belarus, to construct a social infrastructure.

 At the same time Executive Committee lies to the residents about the lack of free space for social facilities, delaying the construction of a kindergarten in the area next to the forest, while local residents organize   mass protests against deforestation in Borovlyany village.

 

Architecture and Urban Planning Committee of Minsk City Executive Committee: For the demolition of the “Avangard” cinema, the symbol of Minsk Grushevka, over the objections of the locals.