2010 30/07
Ales Ramanovich, Pinsk

Ales Ramanovich, Pinsk

30.07.2010. Tags: administrative trials, Belarusian Popular Front, mass media, For Freedom, fines, search.

The trial of the administrative case of a member of the Belarusian Popular Front and the For Freedom movement Ales Ramanovich was postponed to 10 a.m. on 10 August. Yesterday, the Pinsk Town and District Court started reviewing the case after the earlier verdict had been reversed by the Brest Region Court. Continue reading »

2010 29/07
Amnesty International

Amnesty International

Amnesty International has welcomed the release of a conscientious objector in Belarus who had been sentenced to one year in prison for “evading military service”. Continue reading »

2010 27/07
Васіль Палякоў, Гомель

Vasil Palakou, Homel

On 26 July the Homel police detained Vasil Paliakou, Chairperson of the Homel regional organization of the United Civil Party, Yury Hlushakou, first Deputy Chairperson of the Green Party, a civil activist Larysa Shchyrakova, a member of the Belarusian Popular Front Valery Repnin and a representative of the Human Rights Center Viasna, Anatol Paplauny.
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2010 23/07
pravasuddze22

On 23 July the panel of judges on criminal cases of the Homel Region Court headed by Judge Liudmila Hrynko, amnestied Yauhen Yakavenka, a member of the Belarusian Christian Democracy , conscientious objector to the military service. Continue reading »

2010 23/07
pravy-alians

The Minsk City Executive Committee banned an unregistered organization Right Alliance to hold a picket near the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Minsk on 27 July, the day when of the Declaration of the Sovereignty of the Republic of Belarus. Continue reading »

2010 14/07

Court of Homel

On 12 July, the Tsentralny District Court of Homel considered the lawsuit of the Homel human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka against the ban imposed by the Homel City Executive Committee on over 30 pickets that the activists planned to hold in the most populous places of the city on 1 June in order to mark the International Children’s Day. Continue reading »

2010 09/07
Stefan Fule

Stefan Fule

There’s no information what the EU Commissioner and Lukashenka discussed behind closed doors, but Stefan Fule made some principal statements at a press conference. Continue reading »

2010 08/07
Юры Варонежцаў

Yury Varonezhtsau, Homel

Ryhor Dzmitrenka, Chairperson of the Tsentralny District Court of Homel, returned without consideration the lawsuit that had been filed by the civil and political activist Yury Varonezhtsau against the Police Department of the Homel Region Executive Committee and advised the plaintiff to apply to procuracy. Continue reading »

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2010 07/07
Зьміцер Завадзкі

Dzmitry Zavadski

10 years ago, on 7 July 2000, the Belarusian TV cameraman Dzmitry Zavadski went missing. In the morning he drove to the National airport Minsk to meet his colleague, journalist Pavel Sharamet, and has never been seen ever since. His car was found in the airport. Continue reading »

2010 02/07
Жан-Эрык Хольцапфэль

Jean-Eric Holzapfel

The main priority in work of representative of European Union is “to see Belarus as a full member of European policy of neighborliness and Eastern partnership”, – announced the head of the representative Jean-Eric Holzapfel in the interview to the First Channel of Belarusian television. (further – orthography of the primary source) Continue reading »

2010 30/06
Міжнародная арганізацыя

The survey studies the human rights situation and democracy in 29 states of Eastern Europe and former Soviet bloc, AFN reports. Continue reading »

2010 30/06
Натальля Радзіна, Менск

Natalia Radzina, Charter'97

Journalist Natalia Radzina who runs Charter’97 web site has been summoned for interrogation to investigators at Minsk City Prosecutor’s Office on July 1, reports Radio Svaboda. Continue reading »

2010 30/06
Суд адбыўся, Магілёў

Orsha Town Court dismissed civil proceedings against local activist Ruslan Kanavalau, previously charged with alleged illegal distribution of printed materials outside the town’s railway station back on 30 April, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports. Continue reading »

2010 29/06
Куляшоў, Менск

Аnatol Кulashou, Мiеnsk

During a press conference of Minister of Internal Affairs of Belarus, Anatol Kuliashou, journalists complained about the abusive conduct of policemen during mass actions, when policemen prevent press photographers and cameramen to perform their professional duties. Continue reading »

2010 24/06
Міжнароднае права правоў чалавеку ...

International low of Human Rights ...

A new periodical devoted to human rights appeared in Belarus. This is a theoretical and practical and informational journal. It is considered that this journal would be interesting for many of those who work with this issue and take interest in international law of human rights, issues of implementation of corresponding international standards of law into national legislation and judicial practice. Continue reading »

2010 18/06
AAN

On 19 May 2010, the UN Human Rights Committee registered a complaint submitted by two Brest activists of the ‘For Freedom’ movement, Aliaksandr Milinkevich’s press-service reports.
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2010 15/06
Анатоль Паплаўны, Гомель

Anatol Paplauny, Homel

Anatol Paplauny, a Homel human rights defender who had received administrative punishment for participation in the Chain of Concerned People, an action dedicated to commemoration of the missing public and political activists and support to their families and political prisoners, passed an individual communication to the UN Human Rights Committee in connection with violation by Belarus of his rights to fair trial and freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
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2010 15/06
Alaksiej Lapicki

Alaksiej Lapicki

Human rights activists from Zhodzina submitted a supervisory complaint to the Chairman of Minsk regional court Valery Kraiko pointing out rude procedural violations, negligence of the Constitution and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in the case about violation of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly in Zhodzina.
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2010 14/06
Зьміцер Салаўёў, Наваполацак

Zmicier Salaujou, Navapolatsak

Human rights defender Zmitser Salauyou received an answer to his complaint to the Navapolatsk Town Procuracy, signed by prosecutor A.Ausiuk. Mr. Salauyou states that the facts that are set forth in this letter are a provocation.
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2010 09/06
Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

The Homel human rights defender received an answer from the Constitutional Court to the application that had been submitted by him and Anatol Paplauny. In this document, the applicants asked the court to adopt a ruling aimed at the direct implementation by courts of the universally accepted principles and norms of international legislations and the international treaties ratified by the Republic of Belarus.
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2010 31/05
fidh-viasna

International resonance

Joint Statement by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Human Rights Center ‘Viasna’ Continue reading »

2010 28/05
AAN

AAN

The UN Human Rights Committee registered communications by four Brest pro-democratic activists Dzianis Turchaniak, Iryna Laurouskaya, Valery Faminski and Raman Kisliak under # 1948/2010.

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2010 21/05
Асамблея НДА Беларусі

Асамблея НДА Беларусі

The Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs of Belarus has released an official statement, urging the authorities to put an end to mass harassment of the ‘Havary Praudu’ activists.
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2010 20/05
БАЖ

БАЖ

20 May the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) made a statement in which it expresses its indignation because of a new wave of repressions against the freedom of expression in Belarus. The wave started 18 May with another police raid at offices and private apartments of civil activists.
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2010 20/05
fidh

Here is the full text of the press-release.

Universal Periodic Review of Belarus : Positive commitments but no concrete steps
Minsk – Geneva, 20 May 2010 – On the occasion of the Universal Periodic Review of Belarus, the issues of death penalty, freedom of speech, freedom of association and assembly as well as the prohibition of torture and the independence of the judiciary went under review during the interactive dialogue held at the Human Rights Council.
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2010 20/05
Jezy Buzek

Jezy Buzek

Jerzy Buzek expresses his serious concern about “the recent worsening of the human rights situation in Belarus”.
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2010 20/05
Міхал Пастухоў, Менск

Mikhail Pastuhov, Мiеnsk

It is almost impossible to register a new independent social and political periodical given the current political climate in Belarus. As recently as yesterday, the representatives of regional newspapers, which had been refused to be registered, successfully received permission to have an audience which included first deputy of Minister of Information, Lilija Ananich. However, the meeting did not produce a positive outcome for the journalists. The Belarusian journalists association’ lawyer, doctor of law, professor Mikhail Pastuhov comments the situation.
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2010 18/05

International resonance

Amnesty International has joined leading Belarusian human rights groups in condemning the death sentences handed down to two men convicted of murder in the city of Grodno. Continue reading »

2010 17/05
Алег Мацкевіч, Барысаў
Aleh Matskievich, Barysau

A number of Barysau human rights activists have lodged a complaint with the Barysau district executive committee, appealing against administrative restrictions imposed by the local authorities on street actions locations.

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2010 17/05
КС Белаурсі

Reflection of a human rights activist …

Being a human rights activist I must constantly follow the changes of the legislation in Belarus. Continue reading »

2010 13/05
AAN

AAN

Representatives of the Belarusian NGOs held a number of events on 12 May in Geneva that were connected with the report of the Belarusian authorities within the guidelines of the procedure of the Universal Periodical Review at the UN Human Rights Council.
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2010 13/05
Алесь Бяляцкі (Менск)

Ales Bialacki (Меnsk)

The chairman of Human Rights Centre “Viasna”, vice-president of International federation of human rights Ales Bialiatsky commented the discussion of the report of Belarusian government in the frame of the Universal periodic review procedure in the Human Rights Council of UNO. On May 12 in Geneva the human rights defender was present at the discussion together with representatives of Belarusian non-governmental organizations who prepared an alternative report about the fulfillment of the Republic of Belarus its international obligations in the field of human rights. Continue reading »

2010 12/05
Асамблея НДА Беларусі

NGO Assembly of Belarus

Today, April 12, in the Human Rights Council of UNO (Geneva) a discussion of the repressive article 193-1 took place. It was organized by the NGO Assembly of Belarus in cooperation with international Alliance CIVICUS and International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH).

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2010 12/05
AAN

UNO

Today in Geneva Human Rights Council will take up the report of the government of the Republic of Belarus about human rights situation in the country in the framework of Universal periodic review – a new mechanism of UNO for human rights defense. An alternative report on the situation in Belarus was prepared by several Belarusian human rights organizations. Continue reading »

2010 30/04
ПАСЭ

PACE

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe freezes high-level contacts with Belarus due to violation of democratic standards. Continue reading »

2010 30/04
Выбарчы Кодэкс і БДІПЧ АБСЭ Election Code and OSCE/ODINR

The US Embassy calls on the Belarusian authorities to carry out an “open and unbiased” the facts of violations during the local council electoral campaign.

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2010 27/04
Яўген Гарыд, Жодзінскі ГАА

Yauhen Haryd, Zhodzina ECED

They don’t react on claims of Yanka Lapitsky’s relatives to renew education in gymnasium in Belarusian language.

For this reason the relatives of Belarusian speaking school boy decided to ask for help in this Zhodina problem from the head of Union of Belarusian Language (UBL) n.a. F.Skaryna – Aleh Trusau. Continue reading »

2010 23/04

The administrations of two Vitsebsk schools #40 and #43 refused to post the election leaflets of Aliaksandr Kuzniatsou, Belarusian Popular Front member, running for the Vitsebsk Regional Council, after the posters were found ‘ruffian-like’. The officials argued that the posters had a picture of a New Year tree with a white-red-white national flag on top of it, which was considered inadmissible.
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2010 23/04
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Alaksiej Lapicki, Zhodzina

On 20.04.2010 Aliaksiey Lapitsky received the decision of the Minsk regional court. On 18.03.2010 Cassational instance adjudicated the applicant from Zhodzina in his application in which the decision of court was disputed. The court didn’t find any violations of rights in actions of authorities of local executive committee who prohibited peaceful manifestation devoted to Human Rights day – 10.12.2009.
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2010 20/04
Забарона

Deputy chair of Hrodna city executive committee Iryna Senchankava banned a meeting with voters. The meeting was to be attended by Aliaksandr Milinkevich, ex-deputy chair of the committee, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.
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2010 20/04
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Statement by the Human Rights Center ‘Viasna’
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2010 19/04

Эўрапейская фэдэрацыя журналістаў

Эўрафэдэрацыя журналістаў

Today, international media and press freedom organisations issued ” For Free and Fair Media in Belarus”, a report calling for far reaching reforms of the media in Belarus.

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2010 19/04
Акрэсьціна, Менск

Акрэсьціна, Менск

Minsk businessman Siarhei Ustsinau addressed the Constitutional Court with a demand to respect the Belarusian Constitution by delivering a judgment on the equality of imprisoned persons to receive parcels and packages.
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2010 17/04
Л.Ярмошына, ЦВК (Менск)

Lidziya Yarmoshyna, Central Election Commission (Мiеnsk)

On April 9 “Belarusian Helsinki Committee” directed an appeal to the Central Election Commission and asked to explain which way counting of votes by every member of district commission must be carried out. The question was raised because Election code establishes procedure of counting votes by the members of Election Commission but it doesn’t establish a certain way of counting votes and doesn’t establishes the way duties are distributed between members of the commission during such counting.
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2010 09/04
Сьвятлана Лапіцкая

Sviatlana Lapickaja

In the beginning if the fourth term parents of Yanka Lapitsky addressed principal of Gymnasium #1 Gennadz Karshun and the local Town Educational Department and executive committee.

Once again they ask officials to solve the situation in which their son doesn’t have the opportunity to study in the framework of gymnasium program with English specialization in Belarusian language. They want their son to study in the educational establishment – the only gymnasium in Zhodzina district.
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2010 09/04

A wide range of foreign and international human rights organizations addressed Aliaksandr Lukashenka and Siarhei Sikorski with a joint statement to condemn the ongoing use of the death penalty in Belarus. Here we present to your attention the full text of the address. Continue reading »

2010 07/04
AAN

AAN

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus has passed to the UN Human Rights Committee the National Report on the situation of fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens within the guidelines of the Universal Periodical Review, a procedure that had been established by the UN Human Rights Council in 2006. This is the first time that such a large document is received from Belarus. The report will be heard at the session of the Human Rights Council in May.
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2010 06/04
Цяжкая ноша ... фальсыфікатараў

It is a well-known fact that results of elections in Belarus have been determined in advance by high-rank officials of Belarus for many years already. It is not a secret that preparation to election finished in our country before the beginning of the election campaign. However, during these elections this information was announced officially for the first time. Continue reading »

2010 02/04
Станоўчы выпадак, Баранавічы

On 1 April the Brest regional territorial election commission considered at its sitting the complaints of the people who hadn’t been registered as candidate for deputies by the Baranavichy city election commission on 25 March. The city election commission also refused to consider the complaints of the electors who had signed in support of the candidate Dzmitry Auhust, against abuses of members of the commission. Continue reading »

2010 01/04
fidh6

Paris-Geneva, March 23. 2010. 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), expresses its deep concern about the arbitrary arrest of Mr. Ales Bialiatski, FIDH Vice-President, along with three other members of the Human Rights Center Viasna. Continue reading »

2010 01/04

AANThe UN Human Rights Committee has deplored the recent execution of two death row inmates in Belarus, BelaPAN reports.
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2010 30/03
Інструмэнт правасудзьдзя?

Instrument of justice ... ?!

On 29.03.2010 Minsk regional court dismissed the complain of the Lapitskies about judicial decision of Zhodzina court of 11.02.2010.

Judge Dalidovich wasn’t at all interested in argumentation of Cassation appeal… It seemed that she was personally worried by “incorrect Belarusian language” of the applicants… !??
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2010 29/03
AAN

AAN

The UN Human Rights Committee registered an individual complaint by Brest Belarusian Popular Front activist Siarhei Lazenka, the BelaPAN news agency reports, quoting local human rights defender Raman Kisliak.

According to Mr. Kisliak, the activist claims that his civil rights were violated while he was arrested and prosecuted under civil proceedings for participating in an open meeting of the BPF Brest city office on 19 August 2007, featuring the presentation of a book by the famous opposition politician Pavel Seviarynets.
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2010 26/03

Civil Rights Defenders (Sweden), Belarusian Human Rights House (Lithuania), Human Rights House Foundation (Norway) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee condemn the detention of three activists of the Human Rights Center ‘Viasna’. “They were supposed to have applied for permission to assembly, but since the organisation they represent has been denied official registration several times, the application would not have been granted. In practice their right to assembly is severely restricted” says AneTusvik Bonde, Regional Manager at the Human Rights House Foundation. Continue reading »

2010 26/03
Зварот міжнародных арганізацыяў

Зварот міжнародных арганізацыяў

Civil Rights Defenders (Sweden), Belarusian Human Rights House (Lithuania), Human Rights House Foundation (Norway) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee condemn the detention of three activists of the Human Rights Center ‘Viasna’. “They were supposed to have applied for permission to assembly, but since the organisation they represent has been denied official registration several times, the application would not have been granted. In practice their right to assembly is severely restricted” says AneTusvik Bonde, Regional Manager at the Human Rights House Foundation. Continue reading »

2010 25/03
Валянцін Стэфановіч, Менск

Valancin Stefanovich, Мiеnsk

During the court session on administrative cases according to the article 23.34 of Administrative Offences Code “Disturbance of public meetings” human rights defenders from HR centre “Viasna” used amendments which were made to the Administrative code in the end of 2009 and started working after their publishing. But few people know about them, even judges. As a result human rights defenders were booked a minimum penalty – 0,5 of basic amount (17,5 thousand BYR) Continue reading »

2010 25/03
Аб чым маўчыць Міністар, М.Радзькоў?

What does M.Radzkou keep eloquent silence about?

Ministry of Education of Belarus refuses to give information on the request of Zhodzina natives…

Minister of Education M.Radzkou again didn’t answer the appeal of parents of Yanka Lapitsky who is still deprived of the opportunity to study in Gymnasium #1 of Zhodzina (principle G.Karshun) in native language.
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2010 25/03
Дзень Волі

A number of political and civil activists were detained by the police ahead of the Freedom Day demonstration in Minsk, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.
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2010 24/03
Суд адбыўся

Activists fined

Today, on 24 March Minsk Leninski Court convicted Viasna’s activists Ales Bialiatski, Valiantsin Stefanovich and Iryna Toustsik of violating Article 23.34 of the Civil Code (violation of public event procedures) while staging a picket of protest against the recent execution of death penalties on 23 March in outside the Presidential Administration building in Minsk and fined them BYR 17,500 each.

2010 23/03

pravaabaroncy_suprac_cmiarotnaga_pakaranniaFour members of the Human Rights Center Viasna Ales Bialiatski, Valiantsin Stefanovich, Iryna Toustsik and Siarhei Sys were detained by the police while staging a picket against the execution of Andrei Zhuk and Vasil Yuzepchuk in front of the Presidential Administration building in Minsk. Continue reading »

2010 23/03
Рада Эўропы

Рада Эўропы

Joint statement by the Chair of the Committee of Ministers, Micheline Calmy-Rey, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly, Mevlüt Çavusoglu and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland. Continue reading »

2010 23/03
Паказальныя ўмовы для агітацыі (Магілеў)

Unbelievable is close by - the official shelter for ... democracy (Mahiliou)

Mahiliou city executive committee released a list of canvassing locations, with only one site available for public electoral events, making an unfortunate ‘misprint’ in the building’s address – the decision names 64 Chaliuskintsau (a 4-storied block of flats adjoined by the local death care service), instead of 64A Chaliuskintsau (traditional place of authorized street events in the Kuibyshev Artificial Fiber Factory Palace of Culture). Continue reading »

2010 20/03
Менаблвыканкам, Менск

Мinsk Region Executive Committee

Cassation considering of the complaint of Yanka Lapitsky’s parents about judgment of Zhodzina town court under date of 11.02.2010 (by) is set on 10-00, 29.03.2010.

This message came on 18.03.2010 after judge T.Trotsiuk refused to attach to the case report comments under 03.03.2010 (by). The applicants saw many inaccuracies in the protocol of juridical session.
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2010 18/03
Журналісты й Высокі СУД, Менск

Journalists (BAJ) and Supreme Court, Меnsk

On March 18, the Supreme Court is to deliver a judgment on complaint of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) at actions of the Ministry of Justice.

As “Salidarnast” reports, the trial began at 11:00 a.m. yesterday with evidence of witness Alyaksandr Dzyanisau, whose detention was taken as a ground for one of the counts of warning. Continue reading »

2010 17/03
Сквэр імя Сьцепанішчава, Баранавічы

Public garden in Baranavichy

Baranavichy town executive committee amended its decision #379 of 12 February 2010 on canvassing locations in the town, failing to provide explanations for the changes. The updated list of canvassing locations includes the entire territory of the Komsomol 50th Anniversary Park, thus ‘enlarging’ the canvassing opportunities by 50%. Continue reading »

2010 17/03
AAN

Five citizens from Brest complained in the UN Human Rights Committee on the prohibition of piquet in the city against indifference of the officials to citizens’ addresses. Continue reading »

2010 17/03

On March 17th, Syargei Gousha, the observer, submitted a claim to the Prosecutor of the city of Baranavichy. Continue reading »

2010 16/03
Юля Дарашкевіч, Менск

Yulia Darashkevich, Мiеnsk

Yuliya Darashkevich, press photographer of “Nasha Niva”, is accused of beating a police officer and disobeying police. Yuliya faces a fine or administrative arrest. The hearings will take place on 24 – the day before the Freedom Day. Continue reading »

2010 13/03
Сяргей Гоўша, Баранавічы

Siarhei Housha, Baranavichy

On 12 March, the member of the Belarusian Popular Front Siarhei Housha addressed Viktar Dzichkouski, Chairperson of the Baranavichy city executive committee, with a letter in which he wrote that he had been present at the historical sitting of the executive committee, at which the composition of 66 precinct election commissions consisting of 685 persons were adopted without the announcement and discussion of any the candidacies. The number of the applications on nomination of persons to the precinct commissions, the surnames of the nominees and those who were included in the commissions weren’t announced either. Continue reading »

2010 13/03
Там, дзе перамагае ... права?

Zhodzina town court

Cassation complaint registered under 17.02.2010 was filed against the decision of Zhodzina court of 27.01.2010 about Zhodzina executive committee forbidding peaceful picketing on 10.12.2009 on the International Human Rights Day in Zhodzina. Hearing of the case in Minsk regional court was first scheduled on 11.03.2010. Applicant Aliaksiey Lapitsky took notice about it on 01.03.2010. Continue reading »

2010 11/03
Міклаш Харашці, АБСЭ

Miklash Harashtsi , OSCE

The document has already been sent to the Belarusian authorities. It lists both positive and negative aspects of the Ruling from the point of view of international experts in the field of freedom of expression. Continue reading »

2010 10/03
Іван Міхайлаў

Іvan Mihajlau

The College board of the Minsk oblast court has studied the cassation appeal of Ivan Mikhailau, imprisoned for alleged draft evasion. Continue reading »

2010 06/03
Казімір Фарына, Мінадукацыі Беларусі

Kazimir Farino, Education Міnistry of Belarus

On 05.03.2010 parents of Yan Lapitsky from Zhodzina addressed the Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus one more time. Previous appeal which was sent to the Minister Aleksandr Radzkou again hasn’t reached the recipient. In fact, even deputy minister Kazimir Farino didn’t manage to answer it. He only told said that he has redirected the appeal to the head of the Central administration of education of Minsk executive committee – Taisa Danilievich. Continue reading »

2010 05/03
Залаты Леў, сьцяг г.Слонім

"Zalaty Leu", flag of t.Slonim

The Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Hrodna oblast court concerning the non-registration of the Slonim NGO Zalaty Leu. On 4 March the Civil Cases College Board of the Supreme Court, presided by Judge Valer Samaliu, considered the complaint lodged by the Zalaty Leu founders and found the verdict of the Hrodna oblast court well-grounded and the registration denial – legal. Continue reading »

2010 04/03
дзіўная справа №2-10-2010

Case №2-10-2010 (12.02.2010 - before disappearing of document)

Information on the case about protecting the right for education of Belarusian-speaking pupil Yanka Lapitsky isn’t provided by the administration of gymnasium #1, but… But a sensational disappearance of an important process document from the court case is also information!

On 12.02.2010 after familiarization with materials of the case #2-200-2010 in the court, Aliaksiey lapitsky, who defends rights of his own son, a 14-year old Yan, to continue education in Zhodzina Gymnasium #1 in Belarusian language, visited administration of Town Education Department and tried to find the documents of TED which are connected with violations of his right for choosing type and language of education. Continue reading »

2010 03/03
Асамблея НДА Беларусі

Assembly of pro-Democratic NGOs

According to information of the press-service of the Assembly of pro-Democratic NGOs, the Ministry of Justice for the third time refused to register the Assembly of pro-Democratic NGOs. The reasons for the registration don’t differ from the reasons given during the previous registration attempt. Continue reading »

2010 02/03

In 2009 the situation in the sphere of freedom of association in Belarus failed to undergo significant changes, the main problems in the formation and activities of public associations remaining unaltered. The practice of denying registration to public associations and political parties on dubious grounds including the socio-political stand of the associations’ founders was continued. Continue reading »

2010 27/02
Суд горада Жодзіна

Zhodzina town court

On 26.02.2010 in Zhodzina court an extraordinary and unexpected event happened. Everything started as usual and nobody expected anything surprising. Aliaksiey Lapitsky came to court to familiarize himself with the protocol of the court session which took place on 10-11.02.2010 with Tatsiana Tratsiuk as a head judge.
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2010 23/02
Алесь Бяляцкі, ПЦ "Вясна"

Аles Bialacki, PC "Viasna"

Mass detentions and arrests of representatives of the unrecognized Union of Poles, a nervous attitude of the police to the work of journalists, trials and allegations of disorderly conduct against civil and political activists – all this has its specific reasons, which the authorities try to cover up with demagogic statements on rights and freedoms. These are the reasons named by the vice-president of the International Federation of Human Rights, Chairman of the Human Rights Center Viasna Ales Bialiatski in an interview with our correspondent.

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2010 18/02
Сяргей Гоўша, Баранавічы

Siarhei Housha, Baranavichy

On 17 February, human rights defender Siarhei Housha, observer of the Belarusian Language Society in the Baranavichy city election commission, lodged a complaint with he Baranavichy prosecutor I.Palyka concerning the determination of the places for agitation by the Baranavichy city executive committee (CEC).

Bear in mind that the Baranavichy CEC determined only one place for it – the 50-hoddzia ULKSM Park.

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2010 18/02
БХД не рэгіструюць

BCD

On 18 February, Vital Rymasheuski and Pavel Seviarynets, co-Chairpersons of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party, and Dzianis Sadouski, BCD Senior Secretary, weren’t admitted to the sitting of the Supreme Court at which the verdict on the case BCD v. Justice Ministry was announced.
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2010 17/02
ПРЭСА

Press

Assessing the role of mass media in covering the election campaigns, Lidziya Yarmoshyna, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission, stated that ‘state mass media have the right to criticize opposition candidates during elections’, but ‘forgot’ to add that pro-governmental candidates also can be subject to similar critique with the aim of creating equal conditions for all candidates. Continue reading »

2010 17/02
Рэжым баіцца салідарнасьці

Regime afraid of solidarity

On 16 February the riot police dispersed the action of solidarity on Kastrychnitskaya Square in central Minsk. Some of the action participants were detained preventively on the way to the square. Riot policemen also prevented journalists from making photos. As soon as they saw a camera, they ringed the journalist. In some cases, they even tried hitting on cameras. Continue reading »

2010 12/02
Прэс-канфэрэнцыя, Менск

Прэс-канфэрэнцыя, Менск

On 11 February, human rights defenders presented their report on the procedure of the Universal Periodical Review of Belarus in the UN Human Rights Committee.

The Universal Periodical Review, to which Belarus prepares now, is a mechanism of the Human Rights Council, within the frames of which the Council holds regular reviews of implementation by 192 UN member countries of their obligations in the sphere of human rights. Continue reading »

2010 12/02
AAN

This compilation of materials was prepared in August-September 2009 by a group of NGOs for conveyance to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in conjunction with the preparation of the Universal Periodic Review of the Republic of Belarus’ fulfillment of its international human rights obligations. Continue reading »

2010 11/02
Иван Стасюк, Берасьце

Іvan Stasiuk, Bierascie

Ivan Stasiuk, a member of the international youth organization Young Front registered in Czech, was issued an official warning for activities on behalf of unregistered organization. The activist was summoned to the Bierascie (Brest) oblast procuracy for 9 a.m. on 11 February, and was required to give explanations. Continue reading »

2010 08/02
АБСЭ

OSCE

The new law should not become a “limitation of freedom of speech in Internet.” This is the opinion of OSCE representative on mass media freedom, Miklosh Harashtsi. Continue reading »

2010 07/02
Igar Piatryshenka

Igar Piatryshenka

Homel member of the For Freedom movement Uladzimer Katsora addressed the state bodies with the requirement of the fulfillment of the UN Human Rights Committee decision concerned the reactivation of the Civil Initiatives public association.

One of the appeals was directed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which is directly responsible for the actions of the Republic of Belarus within the terms of international agreements, works in the field of international legal environment, and creates the image of the Republic in the sphere of international affairs and interstate partnership. Continue reading »

2010 01/02
Зьміцер Дашкевіч, Менск

Zmitser Dashkevich, Мiеnsk

On 30 January a Constituent Congress of the youth organization “Young Front” was held in the Minsk headquarters of BNF.

Delegates from all regions of Belarus arrived to the congress. According to BelaPAN, the head of the “Young Front” Zmitser Dashkevich reminded that the organizers of the Congress requested an accommodation for the congress to more than a dozen public and cultural institutions. Continue reading »

2010 29/01

The Association of European Journalists, representing more than 1000 journalists in more than 20 countries, deplores and condemns the Belarus government’s controls, interference and threats of closure or prosecution of independent media in the country and we call urgently for an end to those abuses of democratic amd media freedoms. Continue reading »

2010 29/01
ANN

AAN

The Human Rights Committee established a fact of violation of the right of democratic activist Valery Lukyanchyk to be elected to the “house of representatives” at the “elections” on October 17, 2004.

Conclusions on the complaint published on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights allow making such a statement, BelaPAN learnt from human rights activist Raman Kislyak. Continue reading »

2010 27/01
АБСЭ і ВК БЕЛАРУСІ

OSCE / ODIHR and Electoral Code of Belarus

As the new head of OSCE office in Minsk Benedikt Haller has told reporters in Minsk on 27 January, OSCE / ODIHR will give its assessment of changes in the Electoral Code of Belarus.

According to BelaPAN, the Belarusian authorities have handed over to the ODIHR the amendments to the electoral laws. Continue reading »

2010 27/01
Міклашэвіч

CC chairman, Piatro Міklashevich

Statements by Pyotr Miklashevich, the Chairman of the Constitutional Court, at the yesterday’s press conference came as a shock.

At a press conference on January 26 Chairman of the Constitutional Court Pyotr Miklashevich told whether Customs Union agreements are in line with the Constitution; how death penalty can be abolished; and why the court does not check the legality of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s decrees, Euroradio reports.

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2010 25/01
Human Rightes Wath

Human Rights Watch

In its annual report, the New-York-based Human Rights Watch international organizations declared Mikalai Autukhovich, Uladzimer Asipenka, Yury Liavonau and Artsiom Dubski prisoners of conscience. Continue reading »

2010 21/01
Акрэсьціна

Аkrescina, Miensk

There have been many publications on bad conditions in the detention center located in Minsk, 1st Akrestsin Lane, 36, but it usually did not pass from words to deeds. Continue reading »

2010 19/01
Таіса Данілевіч, Упраўленьне адукацыі Менаблвыканкаму

Таіsa Danilevich, Mensk district authorities Administration of education

On 15 January Mrs. Taisa Danilevich, head of the Education Department of Minsk Regional Executive Committee, urged 6 teachers – Natallia Ilyinich (Talka, BPF), Mikola Liashchun (Lahoisk, BPF), Ales Yazvinski (Niasvizh, CCP-BPF), Uladzimir Pareika (Niasvizh district, BSDP), Siarhei Klimionak (Vileika, UCPB) and Nadzeya Ahafonava (Liuban, UCPB) – to stop their membership in various political parties of Belarus. The official thinks the teachers cannot work at schools. Continue reading »

2010 11/01
Зьміцер Дашкевіч (Менск)

Zmicier Dashkievich (Меnsk)

Police and prosecutor’s office paid no reaction to the complaint of the Young Front chairman Zmitser Dashkevich about his abduction and taking out to a forest on 4 December.
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2010 10/01
Дзень Правоў Чалавеку, Жодзіна

Human Rights Day, Zhodzina

On December 10, 2009 activists of human rights community and members of Human Rights Centre “Viasna” in Zhodzina conducted several campaigns devoted to International Human Rights Day. Since early morning informational materials and posters with The Universal Declaration of HUMAN RIGHTS were brought to educational and administrative establishments of Zhodzina.
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2010 05/01
Малады Фротн, Менск

The Belarusian youth organization Young Front that is registered in Czech intends to hold another constituent assembly at the end of January and again apply to the Ministry of Justice of Belarus for registration. Bear in mind that since 2000 the ministry five times refused to register the organization. Continue reading »

2010 03/01
Рыгор Васілевіч, Генпракуратура

Ryhor Vasilevish, General Prosecutor’s Office

Prosecutor’s Office refused to accept for consideration the applications of human rights defenders. The applications were made officially in the interest of a number of victims of youth activists from Minsk who have been abducted from Minsk streets in a similar way.
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