2011 01/11
Сухайр Белхасен, старшыня FIDH

Souhayr Belhassen, President of FIDH

In many countries the Belarusian Embassies refuse to issue visas to representatives of human rights and international organizations who want to attend the consideration of the criminal case of Ales Bialiatski, Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”.
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2011 21/10
Міжнародныя праваабарончыя арганізацыі

International human rights organizations

Open Joint letter regarding the new legislative amendments limiting freedom of assembly and association and imposing new restrictions on civil society groups in Belarus.

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2011 19/10
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Valiantsin Stefanovich, Miensk

The tax inspection of Minsk Partyzanski District has fined human rights defender Valiantsin Stefanovich BYR 4,727,330 for alleged understating of his income. The fine can be appealed in court within 10 days.
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2011 18/10
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Orsha prosecuting authorities have evaded providing legal assessment to a human rights picket banned by local executive officials; they suggested addressing the court, instead.
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2011 18/10
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October 17, 2011
The Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs
Republican Human Rights Public Association “Belarusian Helsinki Committee”
Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Legal Transformation Center

The present research focuses on analysis of amendments initiated to be introduced into a range of laws of the Republic of Belarus in autumn of 2011. Continue reading »

2011 18/10
В.Палякоў і Л.Судаленка, Гомель

Vasil Paliakou and Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Homel activists Vasil Paliakou and Leanid Sudalenka have lodged a complaint with chief of Homel Tsentralny District Police Department, appealing their arbitrary detention on the day so called “People’s Assembly” was held, 8 October, www.gomelspring.org reports. Continue reading »

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2011 13/10
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Sviataslau Barananovich

The Maskouski District Court of Minsk finished the proceedings concerning the last figurant of the 19 December case, Sviataslau Barananovich. Judge Alena Rudnitskaya found him guilty of participation in the “mass riot” and sentenced him to three years of personal restraint with direction to a penitentiary institution, though the accusation article doesn’t provide such penalty.
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2011 12/10
Раман Кісьляк, Бярэсьце

Raman Kisliak

On 16 October the Brest human rights defender Raman Kisliak planned to hold a one-man procession on Kasmanauty Strip in Brest in order to draw the public attention to violalion of the right to freedom of the vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights, chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski.
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2011 12/10
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The official journal of the European Union published names of 16 Belarusian officials banned from entering the EU.

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2011 27/09
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The working group of the Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs of Belarus has adopted two statements concerning the possible dialogue of the authorities with society and the prospects of the EU-Belarus relations within the European Partnership programme.
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2011 26/09
HR defender Raman Kislak and Іnga Abramava

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has admitted the violations made against civil activist Inha Abramava at a detention center in Brest.
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2011 26/09
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The UN Human Rights Council has considered the interim report on the situation of political prisoners, human rights defenders, journalists and lawyers following the 19 December 2010 presidential election in Belarus.
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2011 26/09
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In Miensk 25 september 2011

On 25 September, the friends and colleagues of Ales Bialiatski staged a festive event in Minsk Nezalezhnastsi Square to congratulate the imprisoned leader of Viasna on his 49th birthday.
“Happy birthday, Ales!
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2011 23/09
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23 September 2011

Minsk

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” expresses its concern over the transfers of political prisoners Andrei Sannikau and Zmitser Dashkevich.

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2011 22/09
Аляксей Колчын, Магілеў

Aliaksei Kolchyn, Mahiliou

Mahiliou human rights defender Aliaksei Kolchyn has been interrogated by the local office of the State Control Committee’s financial investigation department. Continue reading »

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2011 22/09
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Kanstantsin Zhukouski, Homel

Kanstantsin Zhukouski, an activist from Homel detained by police in the evening of September 21 for unknown grounds, was taken to hospital in early hours of September 22.
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2011 22/09
Dimitris N. Iliopoulos

Dimitris N. Iliopoulos, EU Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council

On 20 September, the International Federation of Human Rights and the Human Rights House Foundation held a side-event on the criminal prosecution of Viasna leader Ales Bialiatski.
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2011 22/09
Валер Місьнік, Віцебск

Valer Misnikau, Vitsebsk

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered the complaint submitted by Vitsebsk resident Valer Misnikau against alleged violations of his civil rights by the Belarusian authorities.
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2011 16/09
Эўрапарлямэнт, Стразбур

Эўрапарлямэнт, Стразбур

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Belarus: arrest of Ales Bialatski, human rights defender

PE472.677
European Parliament resolution of 15 September 2011 on Belarus: the arrest of human rights defender Ales Bialatski
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2011 09/09
Уладзімер Целяпун, Мазыр

Uladzimir Tseliapun, MaМазыр

On 6 September Mazyr-based human rights defender Uladzimir Tseliapun received an answer from the Mazyr District Executive Committee to his repeated request to authorize a picket in support of Ales Bialiatski.
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2011 08/09
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Human Rights Center Viasna

Statement

Minsk, 8 September 2011

If there are political prisoners, a dialogue is impossible. There is a great risk of taking new political hostages by the authorities if the political system is not transformed.
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2011 02/09
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Belarus – Widespread crackdown on human rights defenders, and break-in at the offices of Human Rights Center ‘Viasna’ Continue reading »

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2011 02/09
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Viktar Sazonau, Harodnya

On 2 September Viktar Sazonau, human rights defender from Harodnia, was summonsed to the police station in Haradnichanskaya Street. There he was informed that a report for violation of Article 22.9, “unlawful production and distribution of unregistered printed production”, had been drawn up on him.
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2011 02/09
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Mr Stéphane Hessel

Stéphane Hessel, Honorable President of the Committee of members of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), went through many challenges in his life. Being a participant of the French and English anti-Nazi Resistance, he was taken to Buchenwald where he was to have been executed by shooting, but managed to escape.
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2011 26/08
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The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your intervention in the following situation in Belarus.
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2011 25/08
Віктар Сазонаў, Гародня

Viktar Sazonau, Harodnia

2 Viasna activists – Viktar Sazonau (Hrodna) and Alena Laptsionak (Minsk) – have been interrogated by investigators of the financial investigation department of the State Control Committee. Continue reading »

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2011 20/08
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Homel city executive committee has banned a number of pickets of support to Ales Bialiatski scheduled for 22 August. Continue reading »

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2011 19/08
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The Human Rights Center “Viasna” keeps receiving letters of support to Ales Bialiatski. Continue reading »

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2011 17/08
Тамара Сідарэнка, Менск

Tamara Sidarenka, Мiеnsk

On 16 August, the Belarusian Ministry of Justice disbarred lawyer Mrs. Tamara Sidarenka, famous for defending former presidential candidates in so called “mass riot” trials. Continue reading »

2011 17/08
Ларс Бюргэр, Швэйцарыя

Ларс Бюргэр, Швэйцарыя

Lars Bünger, chairman of the Swiss-based Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights, has joined the civil campaign for the release of Viasna’s leader Ales Bialiatski by signing a personal guarantee for the Belarusian human rights defender.
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2011 08/08
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The human rights defender will be kept in custody at least till 14 August evening. Continue reading »

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2011 08/08

On 8 August, Rosemary Thomas, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, paid a visit to the office as well.

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2011 08/08

We all are Ales: Libereco demands release of Human Rights Defender Ales Bialiatski
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2011 08/08
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CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation strongly condemns the arrest of Aliaksandr (Ales) Bialiatski, prominent Belarusian human rights defender, vice president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and head of the Minsk-based human rights centre Viasna. Continue reading »

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2011 08/08


The Swedish human rights organization Östgruppen demands the immediate release of the Chairperson of the Human Rights Center Viasna Ales Bialiatski.
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2011 08/08
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On 4 August 2011, Ales Bialiatski, Chair of the Human Rights Center Viasna in Belarus, was detained in Minsk. We see his detention as a direct result of Ales Bialiatski’s legitimate activities in defense of human rights in Belarus. We call upon the Belarusian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Ales Bialiatski and to stop the criminal persecution of human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers and activists in Belarus.

Friday, 05 August 2011

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2011 08/08

Zhana Litvina

Zhana Litvina, Chairperson of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, commented on the detention of a BAJ member, human rights defender Ales Bialiatski.
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2011 05/08
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URGENT APPEAL – THE OBSERVATORY

BLR 007 / 0811 / OBS 104
Arbitrary arrest / Incomunicado detention
Belarus
August 4, 2011
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2011 05/08
Ales Bialiatski, Miensk

Ales Bialiatski, Miensk

Ales Bialiatski, Chair of the Human Rights Center Viasna, was detained at about 4.45 p.m. near Peramoha Square, by people in mufti who introduced themselves as officers of financial police. This is all he managed to tell to his colleague Uladzimir Labkovich on the phone. Then he was prohibited to talk. Continue reading »

2011 03/08
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1 August 2011
AI Index: PRE01/377/2011
The Belarusian government’s proposal to ban almost any kind of protest is yet another assault on the Belarusian people’s right to freedom of expression and assembly, Amnesty International said today.
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2011 30/07
Аляксандар Вайцешык, Баранавічы

Aliaksandar Vaitseshyk, Baranavichy

On 27 July, Baranavichy civil activist Aliaksandar Vaitseshyk lodged a complaint with the town’s police chief against an incident that reportedly took place in the activist’s flat on the same day.
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2011 29/07
А.Савіных, МЗС Беларусі

А.Savinykh, Belarusian MFA

The UN Human Rights Committee’s statement on Belarus’ violations of its international obligations by executing two death sentences is “injurious”, Belarusian MFA spokesperson Andrei Savinykh said on 28 July.

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2011 28/07

united_nations11The committee – an independent body supervising compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) – expressed “dismay” that the executions were the second such breach by Belarus in two years.

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2011 28/07
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According to Mr. Uladzimir Marozau, he lost consciousness after a plain-clothes policeman put a knee across his neck, and subsequently appealed the incident at Minsk City Prosecutor’s Office.
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2011 27/07
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The recent execution of a Belarusian man convicted of assault and murder does nothing to advance the cause of justice, Amnesty International said today.
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2011 26/07
Валянцін Стэфановіч, Менск

Valiantsin Stefanovich, Мiеnsk

“Under the UN procedures, Belarus should not have executed the death verdicts. However, our country, as I see it, once again ignores its obligations undertaken under the UN instruments”, said human rights defender Valiantsin Stefanovich in an interview to www.zautra.by, following reports of two death convicts being executed in Minsk last week. Continue reading »

2011 15/07
Уладзімер Малей, Бярэсьце

Uladzimier Malei, Malaryta

On 14 July Uladzimir Malei, member of the Human Rights Center Viasna from Malaryta, lodged a complaint with the Malaryta District Procuracy concerning unlawful actions of the police officers who had detained him on 13 July in the evening.
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2011 09/06
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The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Human Rights Centre Viasna demand to stop cruel treatment and torture of political prisoner Mikita Likhavid
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2011 06/06
Мікалай Пахабаў, Барысаў

Mikalai Pakhabau, Barysau

At about 10 a.m. Mikalai Pakhabau, Chair of the Barysau town organization of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union of Radio Electronic Industry, was stopped by the road police near the town of Smaliavichy.
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2011 31/05
Алег Мацкевіч, Барысаў

Aleh Matskevich, Barysau

The human rights defender Aleh Matskevich (in the photo) has spent more than a year looking for a decision of the Barysau District Executive Committee About the order of holding mass events in the Barysau district.
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2011 27/05
Раман Кісьляк, Бярэсьце

Raman Kisliak , Biarescie

Brest human rights defender Raman Kisliak received a reply to his complaint against reported use of violence by the city police as Mr. Kisliak was forced to undergo fingerprinting examination.
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2011 23/05
Пятро Кузьняцоў, Гомель

Piatro Kuzniatsou, Homel

Piotr Kuzniatsou, leader of For Freedom Homel regional office, has lodged a complaint with the Supreme Court, appealing an earlier fine for distributing leaflets back in January 2011.
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2011 17/05
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Pinsk resident Andrei Asavets has been fined BYR 700 for resisting compulsory fingerprinting, after he demanded to provide official grounds for the examination, the Vecherniy Brest newspaper reports.
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2011 13/05
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The draft Strategy of Belarusian Human Rights Movement was adopted by the 2nd Belarusian human rights forum in September 2010. The draft was elaborated by the Expert group which consisted of the experts from the leading Belarusian human rights NGOs, such as Belarusian Association of Journalists, Belarusian Helsinki Committee, human rights center “Viasna”, Center for Legal Transformation, Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs of Belarus.About 80 representatives of 17 Belarusian human rights NGOs took part in the Forum. Continue reading »

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2011 12/05
Васіль Палякоў, Гомель

Васіль Палякоў, Гомель

On 11 May Dzmitry Uloha, Judge of the Homel Regioon Court considered the appeal of Vasil Paliakou, Chair of the Homel region organization of the United Civil Party, against the fine that had been imposed on him by the Savetski District Court of Homel, and left the previous verdict in force.
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2011 06/05
Валянцін Стэфановіч, Менск

Valiantsin Stefanovich, Miensk

The lawyer stated it in his interview to RFE/RL, commenting on the verdicts to Dzmitry Drozd, Uladzimir Khamichenka, Ales Kirkevich, Andrei Pratasenia and Pavel Vinahradau. Mr. Stefanovuch watched the whole trial of these participants of the protest action of 19 December 2010.
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2011 30/04
Уладзімер Сякерка, Гомель

Uladzimir Siakerka, Homel

On 28 April, Homel city authorities reversed their earlier decision on authorization of a May Day opposition rally applied for by local activists of the Fair World Belarusian United Left Party. Continue reading »

2011 29/04
Уладзимер Целяпун, Мазыр

Uladzimir Tseliapun, Mazyr

Uladzimir Tseliapun, Mazyr activist of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, has been awarded the Ukrainian order “Chernobyl Cross: Courage, Honour, Humanity” for his contribution to the removal of the consequences of the 26 April 1986 Chernobyl disaster on the site of the event.
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2011 28/04
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Zhodzina. Police work!?

At about 12.25 this afternoon, Zhodzina police broke into a private house, where a seminar on the region’s social development was underway.
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2011 23/04
Салігорскі выканкам

Salihorsk town authorities banned a meeting dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster due to “the absence of definiteness of the rally’s format”.
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2011 23/04
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STATEMENT

of the Steering Council of the Committee on International Control over the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus regarding violations by the Republic of Belarus of the OSCE commitments related to assistance to non-governmental organizations in monitoring conditions in the human dimension.
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2011 22/04
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Youth activist Uladzimir Shulzhytski was released yesterday evening after he was detained by Smarhon KGB on 20 April on suspicion of involvement in the 11 April Minsk metro terrorist act. Continue reading »

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2011 21/04
Алесь Капуцкі

Аles Kapucki, Maladechna

The private house of Maladechna human rights defender Aliaksei Kaputski has been reportedly searched by the KGB this morning.

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2011 21/04
buhelilapcevich

On 19 April Uladzimir Laptsevich, a journalist with the BelaPAN information agency, lodged a claim with the Chair of the main justice department of the Mahiliou Region Executive Committee, Aliaksandr Maimusau. He appeals actions of a judge of the Leninski District Court of Mahiliou Lanchava and an answer of the Chair of the court, Kuzhaleva, to him. Continue reading »

2011 18/04
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Baranavichy town executive committee banned a picket marking the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster scheduled for 26 April. Continue reading »

2011 18/04
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The Assembly urged, inter alia, the Belarusian authorities, to release immediately all persons detained on political grounds, to stop the repression against political opponents, civil society and independent media and to conduct a transparent investigation into the abusive use of force by riot police. The Assembly also asked the Belarusian authorities to reform the electoral law, to declare a moratorium on the death penalty and to reconsider their decision to close the OSCE Office in Minsk. Continue reading »

2011 14/04
suddzia

On 14 April the Mahiliou Region Court considered the appeal of a civil activist Dzmitry Salauyou against the verdict of the Leninski District Court which left in force the warning issued to him by the KGB for participation in the 19 December protest rally in Minsk and organization of the street actions in Mahiliou that “could result in mass riot”.
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2011 13/04
Васіль Палякоў, Гомель

Vasil Paliakou, Homel

On 13 April Halina Sytsko, Judge of the Homel Savetski District Court, fined Vasil Paliakou, Chair of the Homel region organization of the United Civil Party, 875,000 rubles (about $287) for refusing to be fingerprinted by the police.
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2011 13/04
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A terrible tragedy – an explosion on the most populous tube station of Minsk, Kastrychnitskaya, took place yesterday, on 11 April, at about 5 p.m., in the rush hour, when many people were returning home. According to information of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, about 300 people were there at the moment. As a result, 12 people were killed and about 150 received injuries. Many of them are youngsters, there is even a two-year child.
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2011 12/04
Віктар Гумінскі (Фота: telegraf.by)

Віктар Гумінскі (Фота: telegraf.by)

“We need to evaluate actions of pseudo-patriots”, said Viktar Huminski, Deputy Chair of the House of Representatives. According to him, the Belarusian society “should do soul-searching” after yesterday’s explosion at a Minsk metro station Kastrychnitskaya.
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2011 11/04
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Sviatlana Rudkouskaja, Harodnia

Sviatlana Rudkouskaya, activist of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, has lost two jobs following her involvement in the 2010 presidential election campaign.

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2011 11/04
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Andrzej Poczobut, Harodnia

Statement by the Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Minsk, 11.04.2011

On 28 March 2011, it was reported that Hronda Regional Prosecutor’s Office initiated criminal proceedings against Andrzej Poczobut, reporter of the Polish Gazeta Wyborcza weekly and leader of the opposition Union of Poles. The journalist faces charges under Par. 1 Art. 368 of the Criminal Code (“insult of the President of the Republic of Belarus”) for eight publications in Gazeta Wyborcza, one article on www.belaruspartizan.org and a post in his personal blog www.poczobut.livejournal.com.
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2011 05/04
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Board Assembly Democratic NGOs of Belarus issued a statement to express its concern over the situation concerning the Minsk office of the Belarusian Popular Front opposition party. The matter is that the utility services of the Savetski district of Minsk refused to extend the rent agreement for the BPF office in Masherau Avenue, 8, occupied by the party for over 20 years.

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2011 01/04
Прымусовая дактыляскапія

Forced dactilography

In Salihorsk, workers of the Belaruskalii, and Building Trust #3 receive “directions” for dactilography from the “ideology officers” of theses state enterprises. It’s worth mentioning that these “documents” don’t contain any seals or signatures of competent authorities. Moreover, according to the recently adopted Law On State Dactylographyc Registration, the people who are liable to military service must be directed for dactilography by the military enlistment offices. However, in practice the “invitations” for dactilography are most often issued by the police, which is a direct violation of the legislation. Continue reading »

2011 01/04
Раман Кісьляк, Бярэсьце

Raman Kisliak, Biarescie (Brest)

Brest lawyer and human activist filed two similar complaints – one with the Prosecutor General and the other with the prosecutor of the Leninski district of Brest. He demands to draw to legal account a duty policeman of the Leninski District Police Department, Ivan Kalita.
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2011 30/03
Алесь Бяляцкі, Менск

Аles Bialacki, Мiеnsk

Leader of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski has lodged a complaint with Minsk Tsentralny District Court, appealing a warning issued to the human rights defender by the General Prosecutor’s Office on 16 February. Continue reading »

2011 30/03
Эўрапейская асацыяцыя адвакатаў

London, 24 March 2011

Mr. Viktor Grigorevich Golovanov

Minister of Justice

Ministry of Justice

10 Kollektornaya str.

220004 MINSK – BELARUS

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2011 21/03
Раман Кісьляк, Бярэсьце

Раман Кісьляк, Бярэсьце

Brest human rights defender Raman Kisliak received a reply from Leninski District Police Department, confirming the presence of female employees on staff of the local detention center, following a

complaint by local resident Inha Abramava submitted to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Mrs. Abramava complained about gender-based discrimination and torture in Brest Leninski District detention center.
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2011 18/03
Рада па правах чалавеку ААН

UN Human Rights Council

On 14 March, the 16th session of the UN Human Rights Council adopted a joint statement on the situation in Belarus, which was signed by 45 countries, including all the EU members. The statement calls the Belarusian authorities and President Aliaksandr Lukashenka in particular to promptly and unconditionally release and rehabilitate all the persons arrested on political grounds after the 19 December 2010 election.
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2011 17/03
Коктыш

The Ukraine’s State Committee for National and Religious Affairs repeatedly denied political asylum to Belarusian opposition activist Ihar Koktysh.
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2011 17/03
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Андрэй Юраў, Расея

Andrei Yurov, Head of the International Observation Mission of the Committee on International Control over the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus, is going to appeal his persona non grata status in Belarus.
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2011 10/03
Грамадзянская супольнасьць

Civil society

On 9 March a collective address concerning the draft law On Non-profit Organizations was passed to the House of Representatives and the Council of Ministers. The document was signed by 110 NGOs of various legal forms of organization and activities, which comprise more than 270,000 members. This is the most large-scale campaign of lobbying the common interests of the Belarusian civil society organizations.
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2011 09/03
Кастусь Шыталь, Глыбокае

Kastus Shytal, Hlybokaye

Kastus Shytal, a civil activist from the town of Hlybokaye, a correspondent with the internet edition westki.info, received a summons to the Hlybokaye District Court for 10 March. He had been an observer of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee during the latest presidential election.
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2011 04/03
Павал Сапелка, Менск

Pavel Sapelka, Miensk

The order of the Ministry of Justice concerning lawyer Pavel Sapelka was considered at a sitting of the Minsk City Bar on 3 March.
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2011 28/02
Ales` Bialacki, Miensk

Ales` Bialacki, Miensk

Ales Bialiatski, vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights and chair of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, has addressed Belarusian Prosecutor General Ryhor Vasilevich with a demand to investigate the alleged torture facts reported by former presidential candidate Ales Mikhalevich in his statement for the media on 28 February.
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2011 28/02
SMI, Barysau

Representatives of the Borisovskiye novosti independent weekly keep appealing the search at the newspaper’s office carried out by Barysau police on 10 January.
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2011 23/02
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The 19 December presidential election in Belarus was marked by a lack of independence and impartiality of the election administration, an uneven playing field and a restrictive media environment, as well as a lack of transparency at key stages of the electoral process, concludes ODIHR’s final report published on 22 February.
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2011 23/02
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Belarusian human rights defenders have submitted additional information on harassment of lawyers to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Ms. Gabriela Knaul.
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2011 18/02
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On 17 February 2011, Minsk Frunzenski Court chaired by Judge Ms. Volha Komar with participation of prosecuting official Anton Zaharouski considered the case of Vasil Pafiankou, accused of committing a crime under Par. 2 Art. 293 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus – “mass riot”.
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2011 18/02
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The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

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2011 18/02
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UN

To the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers

Ms. Gabriela Knaul

We, the undersigned human rights organizations of the Republic of Belarus and individual human rights defenders in personal capacity, would like to inform you about facts of pressure on lawyers by the executive authorities of Belarus, particularly, the withdrawal of licenses imposed on lawyers Uladzimir TOUSTSIK, Tamara HARAYEVA, Aleh AHEYEU and Tatsiana AHEYEVA, something threatening an access of their clients to an effective remedy and retarding the course of justice.

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2011 16/02
Алесь Бяляцкі, Менск

Аles Bialacki, Мiеnsк

Ales Bialiatski, chair of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” has been officially warned by the General Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus for alleged legislative violations committed by the human rights defender on behalf of “Viasna”.
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2011 16/02
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On 16 February reports began to appear that the Qualification Commission of the Ministry of Justice had initiated the revoking the licenses of a number of Belarusian lawyers – Iryna Khalip’s former counsels Uladzimir Toustsik and Tamara Harayeva, Ales Mikhalevich’s counsel Aleh Aheyeu, as well as the latter’s mother lawyer Ms. Tatsiana Aheyeva.
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2011 12/02

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The international human rights organization Human Rights Watch prepared a survey concerning the persecution of participants of the 19 December action of protest in central Minsk. The full text of the survey is accessible on the following link: http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/02/09/belarus-survey-shows-massive-abuses-protesters

Source: spring96.org

2011 10/02
Ціск на адвакатаў, Менск

Pressure on lawyers, Minsk

At about 11 a.m. on 10 February KGB officers paid a visit to the legal consultation of Aleh Aheyeu, the attorney of the presidential candidate Aliaksei Mikhalevich. they presented an order signed by the Minsk and Minsk Region KGB Department and started looking though the documents that concerned the professional activities of the lawyer. They refused to tell the lawyer within the limits of which process activities the check-up of his documents was conducted and soon went away.
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2011 10/02
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On 9 February the International Observation Mission of the Committee of the International Control for the human rights situation in Belarus and the Center of Legal Transformation held a press-conference in Minsk to present the results of the research of testimonies of the people who had been detained during the protest action of 19 December 2010 in Minsk.
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2011 04/02
Забарона рэалізацыі права ...

Prohibition of the right ...

Minsk city executive committee dismissed an application for holding a picket in Minsk Bangalore Square on 5 February, lodged by local activists of Fair World leftist party, reports www.udf.by, quoting the party’s deputy chair Valery Ukhnaliou.

For years, Bangalore Square has been the only legal rally location in Minsk.

2011 03/02
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International Observation Mission
Committee of the International Control
for the human rights situation in Belarus

Press Release

‘The Council under the President of the Russian Federation for the Promotion of Civil Society and Human Rights made a statement about the situation in Belarus’

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2011 02/02
ccbe

Dear Mr. Golovanov,

I am writing to you on behalf of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) which represents around one million European lawyers through its member bars and law societies from 31 full member countries, and 11 further associate and observer countries.
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2011 02/02

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Our reference: CEDAW – the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Adopted by the UN on Dec. 18, 1979, entered into force Sept. 3, 1981. As of December 2010 the Convention entered into force for 186 countries. It was referring to the convention, in 2000 the UN General Assembly has designated 25 November International Day for the Eradication of Violence against Women.
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