2009 22/08

Экспэрт FIHD, Кірыл Карацееў

Kirill Koroteev

Kirill Koroteev, Mission Delegate of the International Federation for Human Rights, has commented on the case of the Human Rights Center Viasna, facing repeated refusals by the state registration bodies, as well as the situation in the field of Belarusian NGOs, in general. Mr.Koroteev attended the consideration of Viasna’s complaint at the Supreme Court on 12-17 August 2009, calling the final verdict a disgrace of Belarusian justice.
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2009 14/08

The address of representatives of Human Rights Center Viasna with the demand to stop the unlawful persecution of the Belarusian-speaking soldiers including F.Viachorka has been forwarded again – this time to Homel inter-garrison military procuracy. The human rights defenders were officially informed about it by lieutenant-colonel A.Kot, first deputy military prosecutor of Belarus.

Bear in mind that on 27 July the human rights defenders Ales Bialiatski, Valiantsin Stefanovich and Uladzimir Labkovich addressed the defense minister of the Republic of Belarus Leanid Maltsau and the prosecutor general Ryhor Vasilevich with the demand to put an end to the unlawful persecution and pressurization of F.Viachorka who was serving in military unit 48694 in Mazyr, as well as other soldiers who were speaking the Belarusian language.

http://www.spring96.org/en/news/29406/

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2009 12/08

The founders of the civil human rights association Nasha Viasna did not manage to get abolished the decision of the Ministry of Justice on the non-registration.
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2009 12/08

The activist can face a criminal case for membership in an unauthorized organization. Recently he has been served a warning for it. As RFE/RL reports, he was also summoned to the prosecutor’s office for giving evidence.
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2009 07/08

Ales Bialiatski

Ales Bialiatski

Belarusian human rights activist ales Bialiatski, vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights, gives an outline of the situation of human rights defenders in Belarus during the recent years.
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2009 05/08

bdipchBelarusian democrats meet in Warsaw with representatives of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. They discussed changing the electoral legislation in Belarus.
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2009 05/08

сп-ня БэлхацэнSouhayr Belhassen, President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), has been denied Belarusian entry visa in Belarusian consulate in Paris.
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2009 05/08

Ales Bialiatski

Ales Bialiatski

Ales Bialiatski, head of Nasha Viasna human rights center commented on ban to enter Belarus to President of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) Souhayr Belhassen.
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2009 30/07

enemoENEMO (European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations) has issued a statement on the pre-term parliamentary election in the Republic of Moldova. Continue reading »

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2009 27/07

Harry Pahanyaila

Harry Pahanyaila


At the end of last week, the Belarusian secret services detained a Danish human rights activist in Minsk-2 airport and then banned him entry in Belarus.
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2009 27/07

akcyja_27lipeniaRiot militiamen arrested more than 20 activists of the civil campaign “European Belarus” who wanted to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Belarus in the centre of Minsk. Continue reading »

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2009 24/07

Франак ВячоркаThe command of the military unit in Mozyr gave a disciplinary punishment to regular soldier Franak Vyachorka on July 23.
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2009 23/07

The leader of the United Civil Party has sent a letter to the Interior Minister Anatol Kulyashou.
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2009 14/07

Public Prosecutor’s Office for Miensk region issued official warnings to two citizens of Belarus and BAJ members Aksana and Aliaksandar Kalinkin for implementing “illegal journalist activity” on July 14, 2009. The media workers were accused of cooperation with a Russian “TV Channel of Good News” (“Telekanal blagikh novostei”) without credentials “in Miensk and Miensk region since 2007”.

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2009 10/07

Civil and political activists of Vitsebsk distributed the following statement concerning the criminal persecution of Vitsebsk human rights defender Leanid Svetsik. Expressing their protest against criminal and court persecution the activists demand an objective and all-sided trial of Leanid Svetsik’s case by a competent, independent and impartial court.
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2009 25/06

In its recent resolution on the situation in Belarus, PACE called upon the Belarusian authorities to allow registration to the Nasha Viasna human rights organization, which is one of the essential conditions for the country to meet the Council of Europe standards.
According to Ales Bialiatski, the requirement is an additional stimulus for Viana’s members to continue their activities.
‘PACE’s concern over the situation regarding freedom of association in Belarus is a crucial point. It is another evidence of the high human rights standards in the Council of Europe. If the Belarusian authorities are thinking about restoring and improving Belarus’ status in the CE, they have to fundamentally reform the situation regarding the registration of NGOs, since the situation in this field is far from being perfect. Any other CIS country, e.g. Armenia, has 10 times more registered NGOs per capita than Belarus. I think that these figures speak for themselves,’ said Mr.Bialiatski.

http://www.spring96.org/en/news/28907/

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2009 25/06

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, started her visit to Minsk with a meeting with representatives of the opposition and the civil society.
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2009 25/06

The KGB Department for Brest region doesn’t demand to acknowledge a range of publications in the “ARCHE. Pachatak” (##7-8, 2008) magazine to be “extremist” materials anymore. Continue reading »

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2009 23/06
Stop 193.1! campaign

Stop 193.1! campaign

Front Line calls for the repeal of Article 193.1 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus in support of the campaign “STOP 193.1!” lead by the Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs, the largest Belarusian coalition of NGOs. Article 193.1 criminalises any independent human rights initiative in Belarus and gives state officials the power to stop activities of human rights organisations at any time. Continue reading »

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2009 11/06

The judge of Vitsebsk oblast court Halina Urbanovich announced a break after the petition of the defendant Leanid Svetsik for cessation of legal persecution and dropping the criminal case against him. The human rights defender said that he could not understand what he was accused in and considered himself innocent.
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2009 14/05

КодексAdministrative responsibility can be introduced in Belarus in addition to the existing criminal liability for distribution of extremist materials. This legal norm is contained in the Belarusian draft law “On Introduction of Supplements and Amendments to Certain Codes of Belarus on the Issues of Criminal and Administrative Responsibility,” the BelTA News Agency informs with a reference to the Standing Committee on Legislature, Judicial and Legal Issues at the Chamber of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus. Continue reading »

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2009 11/05

On 9 May in Navapolatsk several skinheads attacked girls, activists of the local branch of the BNF Youth (youth organization of the Belarusian Popular Front party).

In the evening two students were on their way home from the university though a forest-park. The unknown stopped them at a far corner, took away their badges with national symbols, threatening with bodily harm. The girls immediately called up police, but they didn’t arrive.

Source: Charter`97

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2009 07/05

On 7 May people were detained in Mahilou at a concert played by Lyapis Trubetskoy, while the musicians were singing the song Belarus Freedom.
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2009 07/05

As said by the lawyer of the political prisoner Pavel Sapelka, Mikalai Autukhovich calls on the people who are keeping the hunger-strike of solidarity with him to stop it. He thanks everybody for the support, but says that their health and youth are necessary to continue the struggle for democracy.
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2009 06/05

БХДOn 6 May a co-chairman of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party Pavel Seviarynets and the responsible secretary of the party Dzianis Sadouski had a meeting with the justice minister Viktar Halavanau concerning registration of the party.
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2009 05/05

Anatol Shumchanka

Anatol Shumchanka

On 5 May at about 10.40 a.m. the head of the entrepreneurs’ organization Perspective Anatol Shumchanka and his deputies Viktar Chaikouski and Volha Krumina were detained by the police in Kasmanautau Strip while getting out of the car.
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2009 30/04

Front Line is concerned by the decision of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus, on 22 April 2009, to maintain the previous decision of the Ministry of Justice not to register the human rights organisation Nasha Viasna (Our spring). Nasha Viasna is the new name of the human rights centre previously known as Viasna (Spring), which was closed down by the Supreme Court following the demand of the Ministry of Justice on 28 November 2003. The human rights center Viasna is one of the most active Belarusian human rights organisations, specialising in particular in the defence, protection and promotion of political and social rights.
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2009 29/04

According to BelaPAN news agency, the National Assembly of Belarus has turned down the appeal by some 1,000 citizens urging the Parliament to form a public commission for revision of criminal and civil cases.
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2009 29/04

A number of Belarusian youth activists have addressed Prosecutor General Ryhor Vasilevich with an open appeal demanding to take under control the investigation of the cases of illegal persecution of opposition youth activists, including the abductions of Young Front members Nasta Palazhanka and Dzianis Karnou in March 2009, and the assaults of Artur Finkevich and Mikita Krasnou.
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2009 29/04

picture2Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen expects that the Belarusian dictator won’t come to the EU summit to Prague on May 7.
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2009 02/04

zabarona1Adherents of the For Freedom movement have received a negative answer from Brest oblast executive committee to their proposal to abolish the ruling of Baranavichy city executive committee About the rules of holding mass actions in the city of Baranavichy.
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2009 01/04

On 25 March Maryiana Hruzdzilovich was suddenly dismissed from the position of a teacher at a branch of the British educational center SOL Minsk. The reason was a fabricated letter, allegedly sent by a group of parents, in which it was stated that the teacher was dealing with oppositional propaganda among pupils. By the way, it was impossible to collect parents’ signatures under the letter, as the classes, at which the teacher reacted to a disgraceful saying of a pupil about participants of 25 March action, ended at 9 p.m., and the following morning the administration of the educational center received the letter concerning this incident. Maryiana also made telephone calls to the parents to ensure that they had received no telephone calls and there were no talks about complaining against her. Only later did the teacher found, that the father of the ‘insulted’ pupil was a police colonel.
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2009 29/03
Алесь Бяляцкі

Ales Bialiatski

Shortly after the Nasha Viasna constituent congress on 29 March, the NGO’s Chair Ales Bialiatski commented on the underlying reasons for another attempt to obtain state registration.
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2009 27/03

Фота \"Радыё Свабода\"The result of the today’s meeting of entrepreneurs was that the Mahilou region executive committee suspended operation of a regulation of the region council on single tax and value added tax increase.
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2008 12/12

On 12 December Iuye district court held a repeated trial concerning ‘extremist articles’ in August issue of the unregistered newspaper Svaboda. According to the lawyer Pavel Sapelka, who represented the newspaper’s interests at the trial, the court rejected the suit of Ihar Siarheyenka, head of Hrodna oblast KGB department, as no extremist articles have been found in the issue in question.
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2008 16/11

Vybarčy invientar - jak u iluzyjanista- fokusnikaOn 15 October, the United Democratic Forces of Belarus adopted an action plan for the nearest future. Their primary goal is introducing changes to the electoral legislation. Continue reading »

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2008 07/06

Алесь Бяляцкі_On Friday, 23 May 2008 three KGB officers suddenly burst into the apartment of Leanid Svetsik, human rights activist from Vitsebsk. They showed to him the ruling of the prosecutor’s office for initiation of criminal proceedings under Article 130.1 of the Criminal Case of the Republic of Belarus (fomentation of national and religious enmity). According to this ruling, Mr. Svetsik is considered a witness in the case of threats to certain citizens from the side of the underground neo-Nazi organization Russian National Unity (RNE). Continue reading »

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