2011 27/12

On December 26 Kastrychnitsky district court of Vitebsk closed the administrative case against the activist, on whom a protocol was drawn up after the white-red-white flag appeared on the store “The Fifth Element”. Continue reading »

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2011 27/12

On December 26 the leadership of the “Center of strategic litigation” received a response from the UN Committee on Human Rights to the application of Homiel citizen Marysia Tulzhankova. The young activist complained to the UN Committee on Human Rights of violation of her rights by the state, namely the violation of the right of information and expression. Continue reading »

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2011 25/12

On December 24 in his 83rd year of life, Viktor Bialiatsky, father of the imprisoned human rights defender Ales Belyatsky passed away. Continue reading »

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2011 16/12
Вярхоўны Суд, Менск

Supreme Court, Меnsk

Chairman of the Supreme Court Valiantsin Sukala reversed the decision of Minsk Piershamaysky district Court supported by Minsk city court, according to which the 27-year-old resident of Mahiliou Julia Harachankova was serving administrative detention for a period of 5 days for “using obscene language in a public place” in July. Continue reading »

2011 15/12

Uladzimir Lemesh, Salihorsk

Salihorsk activist of “European Belarus” Uladzimir Lemesh received a message from the UN Committee on Human Rights concerning the situation with his case. Continue reading »


2011 15/12

Brest citizen Tatsiana Yachnik received a message from the UN Committee on Human Rights, which stated that her complaint about pension not being assessed on Soviet passport was accepted. Continue reading »

2011 06/12
Касацыйнае абскарджваньне, Менскі абласны суд

Сassation, Minsk Regional Court

On November 5 from 10:00 to 14:00 hearing of cases was held in cassation instance of Minsk regional court. Panel of judges, chaired by Judge Kulakova considered the complaint of Aliaksey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya last. Continue reading »

2011 29/11

Ruslan Viliuha, Krupky

In the district center Krupky in the night of November 18 to 19 during a special operation “Law and order” militia acted lawless.

Quoting “Belarusian News», just one document refutes the so-called “refutation” of Minsk regional executive committee’s MIA, who claimed that “actions of militia officers from Krupky RDIA were completely legitimate”. Continue reading »


2011 27/11
Вярхоўны Суд

As reported at the web site of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus, this institution is monitoring the performance of the judicial system. Therefore, citizens are asked to send their assessment and suggestions for improving judicial work. Human rights defenders of Vitebsk decided to respond to this request and sent to the Supreme Court their suggestions about work of general jurisdiction courts.

The reply recently received by human rights activists in response to their suggestion was disappointing. Continue reading »

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2011 23/11

On November 22 and 23, 2011 hearings on the case of the head of the human rights center “Viasna”, vice-president of the International Federation on Human Rights Ales Bialiatsky continued in Minsk. Continue reading »

2011 14/11
Васіль Палякоў, Гомель

Vasil Paliakou, Homel

In the evening of November 13 the chairman of the Homiel region UCP Vasil Paliakou was released from detention centre. On the same day he stopped a protest hunger strike, which lasted 5 days.

Let’s remind that Vasil Paliakou was arrested by law enforcement agencies in the evening of November 8. The trial over Vasil was organized the next day in the Soviet district court of Homiel. The activist was accused of breaking the law “On mass events” when preparing for the People’s Assembly, scheduled for Nov. 12. The judge Kupratsevich awarded Paliakou 5 days of administrative arrest. Continue reading »

2011 13/11
Навошта лёгіка ...!?

What is the logic ...!?

It turns out that the authorities of Zhodzina and Vitsebsk have different tactical approaches to the prohibition of peaceful assembly of citizens. However, they have one thing in common – the desire to forbid what they are obliged to guarantee to their citizens in accordance with constitutional and international legal norms. Continue reading »

2011 12/11
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Aliaksiey Lapitsky, Zhodzina

Zhodzina court admitted its mistakes. That’s how you can explain the accepted comments on trial protocol made by the applicants Aliaksiey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya on the basis of the process recordings after getting acquainted with the protocol of October 25, 2011.
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2011 11/11
Васіль Палякоў, Гомель

Vasil Paliakou, Homiel

In Homiel temporary detention facility the chairman of the steering committee for the People’s Assembly, the head of Homiel region UCP Vasil Paliakou went on hunger strike. Continue reading »

2011 11/11
Аляксей Лапіцкі

Aliaksiey Lapitski

Human right defenders Aliaksiey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya filed a cassational appeal against the decision of the Zhodzina City Court of October 17, which was used by the judge Tatsiana Tratsyuk in rejecting complaint about unlawful actions (inaction) of the executive committee’s officials to prohibit peaceful picketing in support of the well-known Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatsky arrested in Miensk. Continue reading »

2011 03/11

Today, on November 2, 2011 in Minsk trial over Ales Bialiatsky, the head of the human rights center “Viasna” and vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) began.
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2011 02/11
А судзьдзі хто...?

Who are the judges ...?

Every-Wednesday actions of silent protest, which set Belarus on fire this summer and during which about 2 thousand people were arrested, fell into oblivion. However, those events continue to echo now.
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2011 02/11

Ales Bialiatsky, Мiеnsk

Today, on November 2, Mahiliou activists of the campaign “Havary Praudu!” reminded the citizens about human rights defenders Ales Bialiatsky, who was prosecuted by the authorities for political reasons. (further-orthography of the primary source)
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2011 01/11
Праўная інфармацыя

Belarusians were actually deprived of the free legal information bank, which was previously available to everyone on the Internet. Continue reading »


2011 01/11
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Ales Lapitsky, handling of audio material on protocol

On 31.10.2011 in Zhodzina human rights defenders filed their comments to Zhodzina court about records of the trial, which was held on August 13 and 17 on banning peaceful picketing in support of the arrested well-known human rights activist Ales Bialiatsky. Continue reading »

2011 25/10
Жодзінскі гарадзкі суд

Zhodzina town court

Indeed, on 10.25.2011, 7 days after the decision of Zhodzina court of 17.10.2011, a private decision of Zhodzina court was “found” in the case file on violation of law by the local executive committee … When was this definition rendered and who announced it? It’s not entirely clear. But the fact of rendering and publication of this decision at the end of the hearing on October 17 has been “fixed” in the presented protocol – (!?). Continue reading »

2011 17/10
Пэн-Цэнтар, Расея

Russian PEN Center

We, writers, members of the Russian PEN Center, have repeatedly expressed our concern about violations of human rights in Belarus and have repeatedly protested against the persecution of our colleagues, writers and journalists Uladzimir Niakliayeu, Paval Seviaryniets, Aliaxandr Fiaduta, Zmitser Bandarenka, Iryna Khalip and others … Continue reading »

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2011 17/10

The session of Salihorsk town organization of the public association “Association of Belarusian language n.a. Frantsishak Skaryna” was held last week in the miner’s capital. During the meeting a new governing body of the organization was elected, the main development directions were chosen and two representatives were delegated to the meeting of ABL in Minsk. Continue reading »

2011 16/10
Аляксей Лапіцкі, судовы працэс у Жодзіне

Alaksiej Lapicki, trial in Zhodzina

On 14.10.2011 from 14:30 to 16:45 the second trial on the appeal of human rights defenders Aliaksiey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya was held in Zhodzina court. The appeal was filed on lawless actions (inaction) of the officials from Zhodzina executive committee who made obstacles and prohibition of peaceful mass action planned on 8.22.2011 in support of a prominent human rights defender Ales Bialiatsky. Continue reading »

2011 14/10

Anatol Paplavny, Homiel

Homiel Regional Prosecutor’s Office investigator for the Central District Siarhey Kuzmiankou denied human rights activist Anatol Paplavny to initiate a criminal proceeding against the judge of the Central District Court of Gomel Alena Tsalkova. Junior counselor of justice considered that the judge who refused to give explanations, had no intention of imposition of unjust judicial act knowingly. Continue reading »

2011 11/10

Human rights activists from Amnesty International on the World Day against the death penalty, require abolition of the death penalty in Belarus. Belarus is the only country in Europe and at the former Soviet Union area, where people are still punished by death. (further – orthography of the primary source) Continue reading »

2011 10/10

ыьThe only European country – Belarus – annually executes several death sentences. The state continues to take revenge on the criminals, not guided by the principles of just punishment and rehabilitation, but it then becomes the murderer of its citizens. Continue reading »

2011 09/10
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Aliaxey Lapitsky, Zhodzina

On 07.10.2011 from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. in Zhodzina city court a preliminary hearing presided over by Judge Tatsiana Tratsiuk was held on the appeal of Aliaxey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya about the unlawful actions (inaction) of the executive committee officials, who had violated the rights of Zhodzina citizens to hold a peaceful meeting in the form of picketing in support of imprisoned human rights defender Ales Bialiatsky.
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2011 08/10
Леанід Сьвецік, ВІцебск

Leanid Svetsik, Vitsebsk

Leanid Svetsik had to go to the law after the head of the Railway district administration Yury Maskaliou refused him to hold a picket in support of Ales Bialiatsky, scheduled for August 22. Judge Roman Dziahoda considered the arguments of the human rights activist “unreasonable” and did not meet any of the stated requirements. Continue reading »

2011 25/09

Congratulations from Executive Office and Working Group of Belarusian NGO Assembly
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2011 24/09

Belarusian existing system of registration of public associations and political parties is very complicated and provides official ample opportunities to restrict constitutional right to freedom of association.
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2011 17/09

Zhodzina town

Zhodzina human right defenders try to reinstate constitutional right to peaceful assembly of citizen’s freedom of expression and information in court. Continue reading »

2011 13/09

Tatsiana Kasynkina, the investigator, who is in charge of Ales Bialiatsky’s case, improved the system of mass formal replies. According to the words of several activists from Vitebsk to the publication “For Human Rights” the “Refusal to satisfy petition” now looks different way. This decree is sent to everyone who requested the release of Ales Bialiatsky under his personal guarantee. Continue reading »

2011 09/09
Алена Залеская, Віцебск

At the 101st session of the United Nations Human Rights Committee adopted a resolution regarding the appeal of Alena Zaleskaya to the committee. In this appeal Alena, the citizen of Belarus, claimed that the Belarusian authorities violated her rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights signed by Belarus.
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2011 06/09

Vitebsk social and political activists, human rights defenders and journalists have responded to the call of the HRC “Viasna” – “Send a letter of support to Ales Bialiatsky”. Within several days, they wrote about thirty letters on postcards. Postcards were sent to the Minsk detention center number 1, in Valadarsky street. Continue reading »

2011 02/09

Belarusian human rights activists can complain against the actions of Poland and Lithuania on the issue of bank accounts of Ales Bialiatsky. Continue reading »

2011 01/09
Алесь Бяляцкі, Менск

The arrested head of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” Ales Bialiatsky tries to use time, which he is forced to spend behind the bars, more productive. Human rights activist reads a lot, studies English language, makes exercise and writes memoirs about the association of young writers “Tuteyshiya”, since he was one of its founders. Continue reading »

2011 01/09

Not being able to obtain justice in Belarusian courts, Vitebsk residents are forced to seek help from international organizations. Thus, it became known that the UN Human Rights Committee accepted the complaint of one of the oldest members of the BNF Conservative Christian Party, its Vitebsk branch, – Yan Dzerzhavets. Continue reading »

2011 30/08
Ігар Случак, Гомель

On August 29 in Homiel Soviet district court an administrative hearing of the report issued by miltia officers against activist Igor Sluchak took place. Continue reading »

2011 26/08
Жодзінскі ГАЎС з адзьдзяленьнем ІЧУ

Zhodzina police department

Discussions on this topic and a brief comparative analysis of two very vivid trials in Zhodzina are presented here grounding on two trials in which one and the same citizen, a human rights defender, had to participate as a defendant (30.06.2011) and as an applicant (8.22 .2011). Thus, during 1 month Aliaksiey Lapitsky had to talk to the police twice: about the incidents of 29.06.2011 which happened in the town’s square, and the incident of 29.7.2011 happened near the living house. Continue reading »

2011 25/08
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Aliaksiey Lapitski, Zhodzina

On 22.08.2011 from 9-00 to 9-50 in Zhodzina Town Court the administrative trial took place on the criminal assault of M. Yakautsou who lived in Skaryna str, house 3 on Zhodzina human rights activist Aliaksiey Lapitski. The man attaked Aliaksiey bout 20-00 near the 4th entrance of a multistory building, inflicting bodily harm with a knife – a wound on the right hand. The trial was chaired by Judge M. Samoyla. Continue reading »

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2011 22/08
Ля Цэнтральнага ўнівэрсаму, Жодзіна

Near the central supermarket, Zhodzina

22.08.2011 In Zhodzina protest actions in support of Ales Bialiatsky were held. Human rights activists distributed information materials, leaflets, pasted posters “Freedom for Ales Bialiatsky”. Continue reading »

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2011 20/08

Executive Committee, Zhodzina

Picketing in Zhodzina was banned and any practical opportunity to adjust or coordinate positions in order to achieve a positive solution was shut out. The response to the request about violating Art. 6, Part 1of the Law “On Mass Events in the Republic of Belarus” came only 12 days after its filing. Continue reading »

2011 17/08
Мікіта Ліхавід, палітвязень

Nikita Likhavid

As it became known citizens’ picketing in support of political prisoner Nikita Likhavid were banned not only by Borisov district executive committee. Unmotivated refusals of picketing were also signed by vice-chairmen of Lahoysky district and Zhodzina town executive committies – G. Drahunau and Y. Shary.
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2011 15/08
Сьвятлана Лапіцкая, Жодзіна

Sviatlana Lapitskaya, Zhodzina

Zhodzina human rights activists, Aliaksiey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya, claimed a picket in defense of Ales Bialiatsky on 08/22/2011. According to the current legislation, they sent the request to the Executive Committee on 08/07/2011, 15 days before the scheduled date of the event. The picket was supposed to inform Zhodzina citizens about the arrest of the well-known human rights activist Ales Bialiatsky which happened in Minsk. Continue reading »

2011 10/08
Анатоль Паплаўны, Гомель

Anatol Paplauny, Homel

In connection with cancellation of a judicial decision according to which Anatol Paplauny was forced to serve 15 days of administrative arrest last month, Homel human rights defenders are going to prove the fact of imposition of knowingly lawless sentence. Continue reading »

2011 09/06
Павал Сапелка, Менск

Paval Sapielka, Мiеnsk

Paval Sapielka sent to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Belarus an application on the Order of the Ministry of Justice about the extraordinary official evaluation of lawyers. He points out that this document violates both international law and national legislation. (further – orthography of the primary source)
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2011 03/06
Андрэй Ялісееў

Andrej Yalisiejau

This publication is a continuation of the review of complaints of citizens of Belarus in the sphere of extradition, which were considered by the European Court on the merits.
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2011 29/04
Удзельнікі сустрэчы, Харкаў

Round table in Kharkov

By the initiative of the Kharkov Human Rights Group (KhHRG), a round table was held in Kharkov Office of the Public Defender.
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2011 25/03
Міліцыя, Жодзіна

Міlitia, Zhodzina

It has to be made under the commands of the authorities in certain terms as an additional obligatory assignment and to be distributed among different investigators (!?) Thus, the administration of Zhodzina TDIA ordered investigator Tsiulmankou to get fingerprints of human right defender A. Lapitsky till 01.04.2011(!?).
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2011 23/03
Рыгор Васілевіч, Менск

Ryhor Vasilievich, Мiеnsk

Indeed, the current situation shows us once again that Belarusian General Prosecutor’s Office systematically refuses to fulfil norms of international and constitutional standards towards the citizens of the country.
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2011 21/03
Прымусовая дактыляскапія

forced mass dactylography

Defence of people’s Constitutional rights became very important in Belarus before the election campaign of 2010 and now, after the events of 19.12.2010 and after introduction of amended Law of Republic of Belarus “About state dactyloscopic registration”. Citizens faced general pressure of purposeful and persistent actions of militia – forced dactylography. Continue reading »

2011 07/03


The report was examined concerning violation of freedom of expression, right to fair and independent court, freedom from discrimination and right to be elected and participate in state affairs (Articles 14, p. 1; 19; 25; 26 of the Covenant) Continue reading »

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2011 25/02
Віктар Карняенка, Гомель

Viktar Karniajenka, Homiel

We suggest you to familiarize yourself with judgments of UNO Committee on Human Rights about “Karniayenka vs. Belarus” case (“Public Initiatives”, Homiel, 2004-2006). It is worthwhile noting that the judgments of UNO CHR experts of 2006 we suggest to read about the state’s violations of the right to freedom of peaceful assemblies at the events of liquidation of NGO “Public Initiatives” in Homiel – didn’t get any feedback from Belarusian authorities.

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2011 21/02

Common initiative of Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and Belarusian Helsinki Committee … wan in the nomination “Campaign of the Year” in the award of NGO Assembly “Champions of public society – 2010”. Continue reading »

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2011 19/02

One of the important moments when lodging individual reports is to make sure that the documents reached addressee and didn’t get lost somewhere on the way… Continue reading »

2011 18/02

bhk-logoBHC: “The investigation of cases and their judicial examination leaves no possibilities for a real protection from ungrounded accusations. After the sentence of Vasil Parfenkov comes into force all future cases will follow this “accusation templates”. Continue reading »

2011 02/02

Siarhey Housha, Baranavichy

On February 2 two unknown persons met Baranavichy human right defender Siarhey Housha near his flat and handed him summons for questioning on February 3. The summons was signed by Halubkou, senior lieutenant of Brest region KGB town department. Continue reading »

2011 29/01
Алег Мацкевіч, Барысаў

Aleh Mackievich, Barysau

On January 10, 2011 searches happened at the office of an independent news paper “Barysauskiya Naviny” and at the residential place of the chief editor of the news paper A. U. Bukas. The searches were executed in the frame of the criminal case of the so-called “rioting” connected with provocation during the peaceful assembly against election fraud of December 19, 2010 at the Nezalezhnasti sq in Miensk. Continue reading »

2011 28/01

Observatory for the Protection of Human Right Defenders urgently appealed to the Belarusian authorities with a claim in which this influential organization demands that Belarusian government would stop all kind of pursuit against human right defenders in the country.
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2011 25/01

International Observation Mission prepared analytical note about the situation with rights of journalists in the frame of events which happened in Republic of Belarus after December 19.

This review is based on the information from open public sources, independent mass media, interviews with journalists and reports of Belarusian Association of Journalists.
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2011 24/01
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Aliaksiey Lapitsky, Zhodzina

On 24.01.2011 at 5 p.m. Zhodzina human right activist Aliaksiey Lapitsky got a phone call from DIA of Minsk executive committee. He was invited to the meeting to receive explanations on the appeal filed by Aliaksiey on 27.12.2010.
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2011 18/01

In the office of human right centre “Viasna” and in the flat and country house of human right activist Ales Bialiatsky searches took place. KGB officers showed a search warrant signed by Minsk prosecutor. Investigation actions were accomplished in the frame of the criminal case about the events of December 19. (further – orthography of the primary source) Continue reading »

2011 15/01

It became known on 13.01.2010 that Ministry of Justice issued a written warning to Belarusian Helsinki Committee. (further – orthography of the primary source) Continue reading »

2010 28/12
Сьвятлана Лапіцкая, Жодзіна

Sviatlana Lapitskaya, Zhodzina

They warn about threat of a further sharpening of a political situation in the country and appeal the authorities to “stand for a peaceful and stable development of democratic institutions in the society” and also to “Release the convicted for political ideas! Stop political repressions! Conduct real democratic elections in the country!”
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2010 27/12
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Aliaksiey Lapicki, Zhodzina

On 28.12.2010 in Zhodzina human right defenders from HRC “Viasna” Aliaksiey and Sviatlana Lapitskies had to appeal to the head of Minsk Regional Executive Committee Department of Internal Affairs major-general Ivan Sauchyts.
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2010 22/12
Акцыя салідарнасьці, Кіеў

Solidarity act, Kiev

Journalists and representatives of public and human rights organizations organized an action of solidarity with Belarusian associates arrested in Minsk during and after the protest action of December 19 in Kiev near the building of Belarusian embassy.
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2010 03/12
Андрэй Елісееў

Andrej Jelisiejeu

More that a half of cases from Belarusian citizens examined by European Court of Human Rights is about extradition. This article is a review of such kind of claims which were not examined by European Court.

The Court was adopting either decision that the claims were inadmissible because of insufficiency, or was stroking them off the roll because of different reasons: applicant’s death, absence of intention to continue the action or the applicant’s withdrawal of the action. Continue reading »

2010 23/11
Гары Паганяйла, Менск

Hary PAhaniajla, Miensk

The well-known Belarusian lawyer Hary Pahaniayla filed an application to the Supreme Court of Belarus demanding to relieve President Aliaksandr Lukashenka of his post and also to annul his registration as a presidential candidate. These demands are based on ideas that A.Lukashenka, as has been reported since 2001 by independent Belarusian mass media and since 2010 – Russian mass media, suffers from mental illness. Moreover, he probably has to do with several crimes including kidnapping his political opponents. (further – orthography of primary source) Continue reading »

2010 19/11
Пікеты ў Менску забараняюцца

Пікеты ў Менску замінаюць дарожнаму руху?!

Does picketing in Minsk block road traffic?

On November 18 in Minsk Moscow district court didn’t grant the appeal about Minsk executive committee’s forbidding picketing. The applicants wanted to pay attention to mass violations of Criminal Code towards citizens and in particular to groundless arrests of many public activists which have been going on since the beginning of this September. (further – orthography of primary source)
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2010 19/11
Алесь Бяляцкі, Менск

Ales Bialacki, Miensk

Lately, Belarusian civil society has been trying to combine efforts to consolidate the society, to democratize people’s lives and to improve the situation with human rights.

On November 14 National conference based on the results of civil society index researches. On November 15 European Commissioner Stefan Fuhle met representatives of democratic organizations and called civil society for a closer cooperation. (further – orthography of primary source)
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2010 17/11
Адзьдзел адукацыі, Жодзіна

Zhodzina TED

But, perhaps, it came that on the eve of Belarusian Prosecutor General Ryhor Vasilievich’s visit to Zhodzina executive committee, town’s authorities decided to play safe again and to practice “humanly” interaction with people…

Indeed, “new situation” in a great way resembles already known (from 2009) “old case” when the Commission on Juvenile Affairs of Zhodzina executive committee delivered favorable decision about recovery of education in Belarusian language for Yan Lapitsky in Gymnasium #1, but this “recovery” lasted 4 days and was stopped by one “mysterious” phone call from Minsk (!?)… Continue reading »

2010 29/10
Андрэй Зубра, Жодзіна

Andrey Zubra, Zhodzina

Because of incomplete and unproved charges filed, Zhodzina court returned administrative materials back to Main Department of Internal Affairs (GUVD).

On 29.10.2010 from 10-00 till 10-45 in Zhodzina court the second court session on the administrative case of Andrey Zubra took place. Andrey was accused according to the art. 22.9 part 2 of Administrative Violations Code of Republic of Belarus of illegal distribution of independent press in Zhodzina. He was supposed to be fined from 20 to 50 basic amounts (700000-1750000 BYR).
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2010 28/10
Андрэй Зубра, Жодзіна

Аndrey Zubra, Zhodzina

On 27.10.2010 at 11 a.m. unexpectedly without any notice militia came to the place of work of Andrey Zubra – engineering department of Production Enterprise “BelAZ” in Zhodzina. Zhodzina GUVD officer – captain Zayats had interrogation protocol of the activist who was previously arrested on 27.09.2010 with 216 exemplars of independent publication “Tut I Tsiapier”. The officer ordered Andrey to stop his work and head to the court immediately.
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2010 28/10
Зала паседжаньняў

Trial room

On 27.10.2010 Zhodzina town’s court started trial over Andrey Zubra who is charged with illegal distribution of independence press in Zhodzina and is facing to be administratively fined from 20 to 50 base amounts (700000-1750000 BYR).
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2010 23/10
Aндрэй Елісееў

Andrey Eliseev

As contrasted with other European nations Belarusian citizens can’t complain about their government to European Human Rights Court – Belarus isn’t member of Council of Europe and didn’t sign European Convention on Human Rights. But Belarusians can seek for justice in Strasburg court if their rights are violated by state agencies of any of 47 countries of European Council.

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2010 19/10
У.Кацора і Л.Судаленка

U.Katsora and L.Sudalenka, Homel

Human right activist Leanid Sudalenka who prepared an application to UN HR Committee told BelaPAN that the committee recognized the fact that Belarus violated civil rights of Homiel human right activist, member of United Civil Party (UCP) Uladzimier Katsora.
This information was in the document which Katsora received from the UN HR Committee on October18.

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2010 15/10
Правы Альянс

Pravy Aljans

The organization registered as “informative-consulting establishment” was accused of non-statutes activity.

Chairman of the organization Yury Karetnikau told BelaPAN that Minsk Economic Court adopted the decision to liquidate informative-consulting establishment “Pravy Alyans”.
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2010 10/10
Акцыі 10.10.2010, Жодзіна

Акцыі 10.10.2010, Жодзіна

On October 10 in Zhodzina local human right activists organized several information initiatives coinciding with World Day Against the Death Penalty (see photos).

In the beginning of the initiative, at 12:00, Zhodzina activists wearing T-shirts with “Say NO to Death Penalty” visited Youth centre and handed out information materials to the centre’s administrative. They also visited youth café and left leaflets, stickers and posters there (see photo 1-7).

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2010 27/09
U. Khilmanovich

U. Hilmanovich

On September 23 the trial must have taken place over the well-known scientist, professor Ales Astrousky, his wife Aksana and public human right activist and journalist Uladzimier Hilmanovich. Administrative cases have been initiated against them for organizing picketing in front of executive committee’s building on September 2 for defense of Belarusian-speaking education. Continue reading »

2010 18/09
Ales Bialacki

Ales Bialacki

In Belarus erroneous working conditions are created for independent mass media, especially on the eve of presidential elections. Vice president of International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the chairman of unregistered Human Right centre “Viasna” Ales Bialiatsky talked about it on September 16 at the press conference devoted to the beginning of campaign “Human right defenders for free elections”. Continue reading »

2010 13/09

Today in Homiel Central district Court a session of “Maladaya Belarus” representative Ivan Zaitsev took place. He was arrested by militia on Saturday night of September 11 during Town Day celebration. Continue reading »

2010 10/09

On September 10 in Minsk the representatives of Belarusian public community presented monitoring of how the situation in Belarus developed from November, 2008 till September, 2010. (further – orthography of primary sources) Continue reading »

2010 08/09

Barys Buhiel, Mahileu

Mahiliou human right center lodged an appeal for decision of regional economic court.
According to this decision non-governmental organization must pay to community services of Mahiliou Lenin district 13 millions 658 thousands rubles rent debt. (further – orthography of primary source) Continue reading »

2010 07/09
Асамблея НДА Беларусі

Belarusian Non-Governmental Organizations Assembly which consists of almost 280 public organizations accepted appeal about the disunity situation in democratic political circles on the eve of presidential campaign. Continue reading »

2010 06/09
Алег Бябенін

Аleh Biabienin

Aleh Biabenin – public activist, journalist, creator and chief of the civil campaign charter97.org, adherent and fighter for Belarus’s democratic and European choice, became victim in undeclared war for European dignity.
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2010 29/08


Valia Layeuskaya reports in her article “Homiel “For Belarus without Lukashenka” (Radio Racyja) about a successful out-of-court defense of the right to freedom of expression. Continue reading »

2010 27/08
Ю.Варонежцаў, Гомель

Yury Varoniezhtsau, Homel

On August 25 Homiel Central court started issuing Larysa Varoniezhtsava’s complaint to investigation department of Homiel Regional Executive Committee’s Internal Affairs Directorate. Public activist Yury varoniezhtsau’s wife demands recovery of property and money – $4700 to her and her children.
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2010 04/08
Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Leanid Sudalienka, Homel

Freedom of expression is a basis of political rights fixed in article 19 of Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. This inherent right includes the right to keep to an opinion, search for, get and distribute different information and ideas despite state borders – orally, in writing, printed or via artistic ways of expression or any other ways chosen by a person. Continue reading »

2010 02/08
Мікалай Кулеш, Менск

Мikalai Кulesh, Меnsk

Higher educational officials act as if nothing happened after they have violated Zhodzina Belarusian-speaking teenager’s right to education. It’s been almost a year since Yanka Lapitsky forcedly hasn’t been getting education in the only gymnasium in the region – Gymnasium #1.

But everything looks good on paper. In the official reply of the head of Minsk Education department Mr. Kulesh to the head of TBM (Belarusian Language Association) n.a F.Skaryna Aleh Trusau, Mr. Kulesh even tries to convince Mr. Trusau that Zhodzina problem doesn’t exist. Continue reading »

2010 20/07

More than a year Vitsiebsk human right activist Valery Misnikau and public activist Siarhey Kavalenka have been trying to force the winery “Dionis” (JLLC WP “Dionis”) to stop producing and realizing alcoholic beverage under the trade mark “BULBASH” on the territory of Belarus. Valery considers that the name of the liquor is a disrespectful and offensive nickname which humiliates national honor, Belarusian culture and also carries a hint of inferiority. Continue reading »

2010 08/07
Асамблея НДА Беларусі

NGO Assembly

“Eastern partnership traveling map for Belarus” conference of National Forum took place in Minsk on July 5-6. Representatives of more than 100 public organizations took part in this Forum. Continue reading »

2010 07/07
Ales Bialacki, Miensk

Ales Bialacki, Miensk

Today it has been already 10 years since Dmitry Zavadsky, “ORT” cameraman, disappeared. Human right defender Ales BIALIATSKY in his interview to Euramost.org tells that this case “doesn’t have period of limitation and that international society will investigate the problem until the truth is found”. Continue reading »

2010 01/07
Міжнародная арганізацыя

In 2009 rating Belarus got 6,50 points which is 0,07 points less than in 2008. The organization assigns evaluation from 1 to 7 points (from the best to the worst) according to the following criteria: electoral rights, development of public society, freedom of mass media, democracy of central authorities, court independence and corruption. Continue reading »

2010 30/06
Суд адбыўся, Магілёў

Lawsuit of Lidzia Sahidulina stopped by Vitsebsk Railway district court was unproved and lawsuit of Halina Bahdanava had no elements of offence. Continue reading »

2010 21/05

How to protect your rights…

Don’t speak to intruders without a lawyer!
Lately members of public movement “Havary Praudu” suffered from mass arrests, searches in flats and offices, confiscation of office equipment and property. Militia’s actions mostly were lawless. How to behave in such conditions, how to protect yourself? What must one know about the main procedures of searches and other investigator’s actions? Continue reading »

2010 20/05

It’s almost impossible to register a new general interest media today. Representatives of regional newspapers which were refused state registration managed to gain a hearing with the First Deputy Minister of Information Lilia Ananich. But the meeting didn’t any positive result to journalist. The lawyer of Belarusian Association of Journalists, doctor of legal sciences Mikhal Pastukhou comments the situation. Continue reading »

2010 19/05

Zodzina local executive committee created a problem and wasn’t able to solve it by itself. At the same time authorities of Zhodzina TED didn’t react to Yanka Lapitsky’s parents’ ask to petition to higher educational establishments and power “vertical” for a fastest solving of Zhodzina problem. Continue reading »

2010 23/03
Maці Андрэя Жука

Аndrej Zhuk mother

On March 23 in Minsk an urgent conference took place.  Leaders of human rights organizations talked about the enforcement of death penalty towards Andrey Zhuk and Vasil Yuzepchuk.

Quoting the chairman of human rights union “Belarusian Helsinki Committee” Aleh Hulak, the convicted filed complaints to the Human Rights Committee of UNO according to Constitution and international legislative acts ratified by the Republic of Belarus.
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2010 27/01

In January 2011 Barysau democratic activist, human right defender Ales Abramovich appealed to UN Human Right Committee. On June 25, 2010 Barusau court penalized him to 25 base amounts for organization of picketing against NPS construction in Liadzishchy area. Continue reading »