2010 01/01
Алесь Бяляцкі, Менск

Аles Bialacki, Меnsk

Human rights defenders state that on the eve of the presidential elections in Belarus the authorities will tighten the screws. Continue reading »

2009 29/12
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Аlaksiej Lapicki, Zhodzina

At the heart of our story there is an information event usual for today’s secure Belarus, namely, the prohibition of one of a dozen similar peaceful assemblies of citizens to hold a picket in HUMAN RIGHTS DAY … With the only difference that it happened … in the 60000th Zhodzina.

On 25 November human rights defenders from Zhodzina together with many people around the country filed the requests to the City Executive Committees to hold the pickets dedicated to 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Continue reading »

2009 24/12

ААНThe UN Human Rights Committee has registered the individual complaint by Homel opposition activists Aliaksandr Protska and Andrei Tolchyn, the BelaPAN news agency reports. Continue reading »

2009 10/12
Мікалай Гаўрыленка, Лельчыцы

Міkalai Haurylenka, Lelchytsy

On December 10th, in celebration of the day of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, democracy and human rights activists from Lelchytski region held an action called “Legal information for children”. Continue reading »

2009 09/12
Сьвятлана Лапіцкая, Жодзіна

Сьвятлана Лапіцкая, Жодзіна

Zhodzina executive committee prohibited picketing devoted to the International Human Rights Day and informing citizens about violations of public and political law in Zhodzina district!

The request of 25.11.2009 to organize a peaceful meeting was filed by human rights activists and members of HRC “Viasna” in Zhodzina – Aliaksiey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya.

It was also planned to hand out publications of law content and to collect signatures for defending rights of Belarusian-speaking people.

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2009 08/12
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Аlaksiej Lapicki, Zhodzina

Comments of human right defender on /// of authorities to HRC of UNO in the matter of Alena Zalesskaya…

It’s noticeable that Belarusian authorities traditionally make accent only on their own narrow-minded and corporation-official understanding of provisions of this high-rank international agreement in the field of human rights.

In their comments they completely rely on provisions of inner law and large limitation powers of the acknowledged indispensable right of Belarusian citizens for peaceful events and meetings which is presented there.
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2009 08/12
Леанід Судаленка, Гомель

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Human rights defenders Leanid Sudalenka and Anatol Paplauny received prohibition of organizing a peaceful meeting dedicated to International Human Rights Day. Town officials considered that the activists didn’t pay for militia, medical and sanitary services. Moreover, the relation expression of observing international obligations by our country was planned to take place in the town centre, but the authorities gave an open place in front of cultural centre “Vipra” for these purposes. Continue reading »

2009 07/12
AAN

UN

On 4 September 2009 the Belarusian authorities sent its submission on the comment of Alena Zaleskaya (Vitebsk) to the UN Human Rights Committee. The comment was obtained during the correspondence on the concerned in Geneva individual complaint under No. 1604/2007 on the violation of Alena’s right to peaceful assembly and demonstrations fixed in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
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2009 07/12
Сьвятлана Лапіцкая, Жодзіна

Sviatlana Lapickaja

Zhodzina human rights defenders Aliaksei and Sviatlana Lapitskis applied to the local executive committee for authorization of a picket dated to the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, they have little hope that their action will be permitted. Continue reading »

2009 01/12
bdipchOSCE/ODIHR

The Belarusian authorities have not presented draft amendments to the Electoral Code to the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) for review despite an appropriate agreement reached this past February, Jens Eschenbaecher, spokesman for the institution, told BelaPAN. Continue reading »

2009 23/11
Raman Kislak

Raman Kislak

Three Brest activists Iryna Laurouskaya, Raman Kisliak and Dzianis Turchyniak have submitted their individual complaints to the UN Human Rights Committee. Continue reading »

2009 06/11
Janka Lapicki

Janka Lapicki

It is still difficult to say for how long and under which conditions the studies will be conducted in Belarusian as written responses to the parents’ addresses in Zhodzina Executive Committee and Gymnasium № 1 have not come yet.

However, a student who missed an entire academic quarter through the officials’ fault was invited by phone to return to Gymnasium № 1 to continue his Belarusian-language education…
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2009 03/11
Вясна

Вясна

Human rights defenders applied with an open address to the minister of foreign affairs Siarhei Martynau concerning the registration of the individual communication of the death convict Vasil Yuzepchuk by the UN Human Rights Committee. Continue reading »

2009 09/10
Казімір Фарына, Мінадукацыі Беларусі

Kazimir Faryna, the Belarian Ministry of Education

Yes, on 9 October 2009 parents of Yanka Lapitsky (a Belarusian-speaking student of Gymnasium № 1 in Zhodzina) received another response to theirs appeal, which was sent DIRECTLY to the Minister of Education of Belarus, Mr. Radzkou.

Surprisingly, the Deputy Minister, Mr. Faryna, whose inactivity was highlighted in the appeal, responded to this parents’ address to the Minister by himself (!?). Answer from the Ministry of Education of 06.10.2009 under No. 06-1156-K-(1)-0 was signed by this official.
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2009 09/10

aanOn 9 October, on the eve of the World Day against the Death Penalty, the UN Human Rights Committee confirmed receiving the individual address of Vasil Yuzepchuk, who on 28 June 2009 was sentenced by Brest oblast court to death with property confiscation. Continue reading »

2009 06/10
Зьміцер Дашкевіч

Zmicier Dashkievich

Portraits of Young Front leader Zmitser Dashkevich calling to beware of ‘blighter of infant souls’ has recently appeared in Minsk. Continue reading »

2009 02/10
Alaksiej Siudak
Alaksiej Siudak

On 2 October the trial of Uladzimir Maliarchuk, Ales Narkevich and Aliaksei Siudak came to an end. They were charged with holding an unauthorized rally on 1 September near the village of Krasny Berazhok, where some memorial crosses were installed. These crosses were dismantled by the district authorities in several days and an administrative case was brought against participants of the commemorative action.

At 3 p.m. the judge read the verdict, without explaining how the court could prove the ‘violation’.

Maliarchuk and Siudak were fined 1 050 000 rubles (about $) each and Narkevich – 750 000 rubles. Having read the verdict the judge left the court hall without raising his eyes.

Source: vialejka.org

2009 30/09

The Belarusian Ministry of Justice says the infamous Article 193-1 of the Criminal Code (illegal NGO membership) may soon be repealed. The statement was made at the OSCE annual Human Dimension Meeting in Warsaw, Poland. Continue reading »

2009 01/09

It is difficult not to notice the signs of national, language and political discrimination. However this unprecedented and legally senseless determination can lead the nomenclature to fall flat on their faces. Continue reading »

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2009 30/08
Таіса Данілеві, Упраўленьне адукацыі Менаблвыканкаму

Taisa Danilevich

She proves it by the necessity of deeper socialization of the Belarusian-speaking teenager.

Home studying or individual form of studying (without taking into consideration that Russian-language or village education is absolutely unacceptable) were suggested as an alternative. Continue reading »

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2009 28/08

Local authorities are clearing the situation, however they are doing this from the position of psychological pressure. On 26 August 2009 Aliaksej Lapitski had a 30-minute conversation with Vital Shulzhyk, a deputy director of Zhodzina education department. The conversation concerned the Belarusian-language education of Janka Lapitski, who’s inherent right on free obligatory general education in Belarusian language in Gymnasia №1 in Zhodzina was violated for two times during the last 4 years by the actions of local authorities. Continue reading »

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2009 23/08

velichkoThe press center of “Church of God” reports that on 19 August 2009 the officials of the ideological department of Zhodzina executive local government bodies together with fire emergency and unidentified police officers made a raid on a private house at Lahojskaja str., which belongs to a bishop of “Church of God” Aliaksandr Vialichka. Continue reading »

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2009 22/08

The officcials started thinking what to do.. As 1 September is coming without any delay.. And then will they be brought to responsibility? Then all of them try to understand what is better to do further.. – to allow or not to allow…, what will be the final order? And what to do in order to remain spotless: either it is better to refer to “bad” executive local government body or to blame those who gave that brutal direction to discriminate Belarusian-language education…? Continue reading »

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2009 22/08

Праваабаронца, Сяргей Гоўша

Siarhej Housha

Human rights defender from Baranavichy Siarhej Housha at last got the documents of registration of his property in the Belarusian language. Starting from March, 2009 he has been striving for his constitutional right on the usage of the Belarusian language in documentation to be realized.

After numerous appeals and claims to various state bodies in June 2009 Mr. Housha at last received a response to his appeal from Belarusian State Committee for the administration of property.

Mr. Housha appealed to the Committee after he had failed to get the documents of registration of his property in the Belarusian language when registering ownership of his parent’s property.

source: www.spring96.org

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2009 22/08
Алег Гулак, страшыня БГК

Aleh Hylah

Belarusian Helsinski Committee (BHC), a registered human rights organization, has made two special appeals to Prosecutor’s office and Ministry of Education in support of interests of the parents of Janka Lapicki, who’s inherent right on free obligatory general education in Belarusian language in Gymnasia №1 in Zhodzina was violated for the second time during the last 4 years by the actions of local authorities. Continue reading »

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2009 22/08

On 21 August 2009 activists from Homel Andrej Tolchyn, Aliaksandr Protska and Igar Rejzlin lodged a claim to United Nations Human Rights Committee. They repot about restrictions from the Republic of Belarus of their rights to exercise the freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of information.
All the activists protest against judgments, that restrict their freedom of dissemination of information on Charnobyl NPP accident. Continue reading »

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2009 20/08

Герб ПагоняAbsurd continue to take place – there are always enough people’s money on the fight against people.
It is obvious that in Zhodzina region “socialist competition” of law enforcement bodies and nomenclature of Zhodzina and Smaliavichi takes place. The actions are aimed at prosecution of bearers of national consciousness and Belarusian culture, at liquidation of that national consciousness that still remains in the society. Continue reading »

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2009 09/04
Казімір Фарына, Мінадукацыі Беларусі

Kazimir Faryna, Belarusian Ministry of Education

Yes, on 9 October 2009 parents of Yanka Lapitsky (a Belarusian-speaking student of Gymnasium № 1 in Zhodzina) received another response to theirs appeal, which was sent DIRECTLY to the Minister of Education of Belarus, Mr. Radzkou.

Surprisingly, the Deputy Minister, Mr. Faryna, whose inactivity was highlighted in the appeal, responded to this parents’ address to the Minister by himself (!?). Answer from the Ministry of Education of 06.10.2009 under No. 06-1156-K-(1)-0 was signed by this official. Continue reading »