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 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 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 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 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 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 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 19/05
Jan Lapicki

Jan Lapicki

Having created a problem, the executive committee has been unable to solve it on its own. At the same time, the administration of Zhodzina town education department has not responded to the request of the parents of Yanka Lapitski who urged it to foster a rapid resolution of the Zhodzina problem in a positive way. Continue reading »

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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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 24/02
Юры Шары, Жодзінскі выканкам

Yury Shary, Zhodzina executive committee

On 24.02.2010 between 09-00 and 10-00, Juvenile Commission of Zhodzina executive committee held a meeting, which was attended under the threat of administrative sanctions by the parents of the Belarusian-speaking schoolboy Yanka Lapitski, who due to a series of decisions by Zhodzina executive authorities lost the opportunity to continue his education in Zhodzina gymnasium № 1 in Belarusian. Continue reading »

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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
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
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 16/02
Cуд без судзьдзі ... Рашэньне - без вырашэньня

Court - without justice. Decision - ...

As it became known, as soon as on 11.02.2010 at 10-30, the day after the pre-trial proceedings, practically on the fly, without even letting the applicants to undress after entering the court room, Judge of Zhodzina Town Court Tatsiana Tratsiuk announced her final decision. Continue reading »

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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 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 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 21/01

At 10-00 a.m. 21.01.2010 Zhodzina Court deputy chair Tatziana Tratsiuk scheduled a meeting (conversation) on the complaint by the parents of Yanka Lapitski, who, after a discriminatory decision № 928 by Zhodzina executive committee, was forcibly deprived of the right to continue secondary school education in the mother language at Zhodzina’s only Gymnasium № 1, where he studied since 2002 under a Belarusian-language curriculum with a priority study of English. Continue reading »

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2010 19/01
Жодзіна

Zhodzina

The first meeting on the complaint by Zhodzina human rights defenders against the local executive committee’s ban on peaceful mass events, applied for on 25.11.2009 for 10.12.2009 on the International Human Rights Day, was held on 18.01.2010 in the office of deputy chair of Zhodzina Court, Judge Tatsiana Tratsiuk. Continue reading »

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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 18/01
AAN

UN

On 25.12.2009 the UN HRC received another individual complaint of violations of the right to association (Art.22 of the ICCPR) by Belarus (drawn up by human rights activist Siarhei Ustsinau).

One must admit that last year was exemplary in terms of manifestations of the real trends in the deteriorating situation of civil rights and freedoms in Belarus. Continue reading »

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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
Віктар Сіліч, Жодзіна

Viktar Silich, Zhodzina

The resident of Zhodzina Viktar Silich, protected his right to freedom of conscience and belief, free entry or non-entry in the official trade union. With the support of local human rights defenders, he made his company’s officials, through performing the Labor Code of the Republic of Belarus, to pay him bonuses properly like to any other employee.

How did the events develop? What was the reason for the violation of law? And what in reality helped improve the situation for the better at the stage of non-judicial proceedings? Continue reading »

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2010 10/01

ЯК АКАЗАЛАСЯ, ДОСТУП ДА НЕЗАЛЕЖНАЕ ПРЭСЫ Ў МЕНСКУ – ПЫТАНЬНЕ ДАГЭТУЛЬ АДКРЫТАЕ … As it turns out, access to independent media in Belarus is still an open question … Continue reading »

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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 06/01
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Аlaksiej Lapicki, Zhodzina

The Zhodzina human rights defender Aliaksei Lapitski, as a continuation of correspondence on the collective claims from the residents of the ‘Chernobyl House’ registered today, 05.01.2010, his appeal to local authorities in the executive committee of Zhodzina. Continue reading »

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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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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 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 01/12
Уладзімер Лабковіч, Менск

Uladzimier Labkovich, Меnsk

Members of the House of Representatives are working on changes to electoral law. The new bill was presented to them by chair of the Central Election Commission Lidzia Yarmoshyna. In case all the amendments and changes are approved by the Deputies, then two laws are 40 articles of the Electoral Code will have to be corrected.
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2009 19/11
Alaksiej Lapicki, Zhodzina

Alaksiej Lapicki

I cannot but express my thoughts and attitudes about the very laconic and aptly remark by the known in Belarus and far beyond human rights defender, my friend, Ales Bialiatski.

His findings are absolutely accurate and indisputable!

In fact, freedom of speech, thought, information dissemination, as well as freedom of association and peaceful assembly … are only real prerequisites for the normal existence of civil society, the existence of different public stances and public dialogue in it. This free space and a public pluralism of ideas are essential for providing conditions for a meaningful choice in society. Continue reading »

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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 01/11
Беларусі ПРАЎНЫ ПАРТАЛ

Belarusian LEGAL PORTAL

The Belarusian Legal Portal (by.prava-by.info) several appeals of support for civil society activists, individuals and human rights defenders harassed by the authorities. Continue reading »

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2009 30/10

On 30 October 2009 the UN Human Rights Committee has registered an urgent individual request under the number 1910/2009 of mother of Andrey Zhuk, who was sentenced to death in Minsk regional court. This was reported by a lawyer, human rights activist from Brest Raman Kislyak. Continue reading »

2009 26/10
Валянцін Стэфановіч

Valiantsin Stefanovich

Famous human rights activist told about the real situation with political repression in Belarus.

The lawyer of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” , Valiantsin Stefanovich, answered questions on www.charter97.org: 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 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 human rights organization “Reporters Without Borders” urged the government of Belarus did not hinder the work of journalists of foreign media.
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2009 30/09

At the 14th meeting of the OSCE the representatives of the third sector reported a lack of democratization of the Belarusian society. The OSCE meeting concerns the review of the fulfillment of engagements in the human dimension by participating States, and takes place in Warsaw.
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2009 28/09

A group of international organizations dealing with media and press freedom, following the visit of a joint delegation to Belarus, which took place on 20-24 September, urged the Belarusian government to bring the regulation of media into line with international standards.
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2009 26/09
Салідарнасьць і ўзаемападтрымка

Solidarity and brotherhood

For attention of data exchange participants: HR defenders, lowers and legal experts …

Two additional new subsections are introduced on the legal portal (see table of contents and related links).

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2009 24/09
Leanid Sudalenka

Leanid Sudalenka

Even if to assume that the authority watches over their opponents 24 hours a day, as it is asserted by the police, and knows about our intentions long before the alleged events, still no one was exempted from enforcing the law. At least in the Basic Law of our country it is written in black and white that the state and all its bodies and officials act within the Constitution and legislative acts passed in accordance with it (Article 7).

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2009 23/09
Міністар адукацыі, Радзькоў А.М.

Education minister, Radzkou А.М.

They asked the head of the Ministry of Education to execute the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus unconditionally as the country’s Basic Law, as well as the international standards of law in the area of civil rights and freedoms.

Parents of Belarusian-speaking student, Aliaksei Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya made its strongest protest directly to the Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus, Mr. Aliaksandr Radzkou, in response to just another formal reply from Ministry of Education.

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2009 23/09

“Amnesty Іnternational” appealed to Aliaxandar Lukashenka on the third denial in registration of human rights advocacy association “Our Viasna.”

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2009 20/09

On 19 September, police summoned democratic activists Uladzimir Malerchuk, Alaiksei Syudak and Ales Narkevich in Vailejka. A protocol on administrative violation was drawn up against them. They are charged with violation of the law “On Mass Events” during the installation of crosses in memory of the repressed people. The case will go to court next week.
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2009 18/09

The Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) protests against the serious barriers for journalists’ professional activities during the protests on 16 and 9 September and demands to call those responsible to account.
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2009 17/09

The human rights organization “Östgruppen” made a statement in connection with the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of opponents of Lukashenka’s regime. Continue reading »

2009 17/09

Sweden that currently presides at the European Union, has requested Minsk to stop the violence against peaceful demonstrators. Continue reading »

2009 16/09

Missing people in Belarus

10 years ago politician Viktar Hanchar and businessman Anatol Krasouski disappeared under mysterious circumstances in Minsk. Earlier, on 7 May 1999, the former Minister of Internal Affairs, Yury Zakharanka, disappeared. On 7 July 2000 the cameraman of ORT TV channel, Zmitser Zavadski, disappeared.

Viktar Hanchar. Vice-Speaker of the Supreme Council of XIII convocation. Disappeared or kidnapped on 16 September 1999, together with Anatol Krasousky.

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2009 16/09
Leanid Sviecik

Leanid Svietsik

Human rights defender from Vitebsk appealed to the Supreme Court after he was found guilty in the incitement of ethnic and religious hatred on 16 July in the Regional Court.

The Judge of Vitebsk regional court, Ms. Halina Urbanovich, awarded a 31 million BYR fine (about 12 thousand dollars) to Leanid Svetsik. Court stated that human rights activist allegedly relates to the writing and distributing letters on behalf of a radical nationalist organization “Russian National Unity”. Continue reading »

2009 14/09

Minsk city executive committee banned the picket “Belarusian school for Belarusian children” on the grounds that the action would allegedly interfere with the movement of vehicles on the Banhalor Square.
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2009 14/09
Васіль Грышчанка, Жодзінскі выканкам

Vasil Hryshchanka, Zhodzina executive committee

Under the new order of the executive committee of Zhodzina of 09.09.2009 the Gymnasium № 1 has closed its doors, in a literal sense, for its Belarusian-speaking student, Yanka Lapitski. On 12 September 2009 Yanka’s parents have received a response from 09.09.2009 of the Executive Committee on their claim № 3 of 28.08.2009. Continue reading »

2009 11/09
Kazimir Faryno, Minadukacyi

Kazimir Faryna, Ministry of Education

Parents of Yanka Lapitski received a response from the Ministry of Education to their first appeal of 28.08.2009.

A response dated of 08.09.2009 and received by claimants on 11.09.2009. It contains a rather vague position and evasive formulating. Moreover, probably due to the time of its preparation, it absolutely does not take into account past discriminatory measures on the physical disruption of the classes in the Gymnasium № 1 on the Belarusian-language academic curriculum of Belarusian-speaking student in Zhodzina … Continue reading »

2009 11/09

On 9 September 2009 a peaceful demonstration was particularly violently dispersed in Minsk. There were a demonstration of citizens who came to the Kastrychnitskaya square of the capital to express their views on the participation of Russian military forces in joint Belarusian-Russian military exercises.(hereinafter – the spelling of origin) Continue reading »

2009 11/09
Валянцін Стэфановіч

Valiantsin Stefanovich

The authorities decided not to punish the oppositionists with the administrative arrests in order “not to spoil the figures.”
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2009 10/09
Генадзь Коршун

G. Korshun

Apparently, the officials decided to close the problem of “the lack of socialization in the society” for the only Belarusian-speaking student in this educational institution in this way.
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2009 10/09

On 9 September the protestant church “New Life” called for support to the Special Representative on the infringement of rights of believers of the UN Human Rights Committee. Protestant society asks to intervene in the situation urgently.

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2009 10/09

The Ministry of Justice confirms the intention of the authorities to abolish the article 193 of the Criminal Code that provides for liability for the activity in an unregistered organization. (Hereinafter – the spelling of origin)
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2009 10/09

Janka LapickiOn 10 September 2009 as usual, early in the morning Belarusian teenager, Yanka Lapitski, got up and went to the Gymnasium № 1 … and as it turned out later no longer in his Gymnasium …

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2009 06/09

The Ministry of Justice confirms the intention of the authorities to abolish article 193-1 of the Criminal Code, which provides for liability for the activity in an unregistered organization.

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2009 16/07

Why the Belarusian-language student from Zhodzina is waiting for the new troubles? Or how does this relate to Belarusian people … and … constitutional right to free choice …!?
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2009 12/07

Janka Lapicki Zhodzina city executive committee issued a decision that is not shown to interested parties. What is the essence of this “very non-secret” decision?

On 06.07.2009, according to the director of Gymnasium № 1, Mr. Henadz Korshun, it became known that on 23.06.2009 the city executive committee issued the decision № 928, according to which the director must close the only in Zhodzina gymnasium Belarusian-language education program for Yanka Lapitski. A Belarusian-speaking boy has studied under that program since 2002. The parents are invited to send their son in the Russian-language class because of the need for savings…
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2009 27/06

In connection with the fact of ignoring by the court of first instance in Homel of approaches and interpretations of the Supreme Court with respect to picketing contained in the Resolution of the chairman of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus, Mr. Sukala, we can make the following conclusion.
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2009 25/06

stefanovich7Special guest status in PACE will be returned to the parliament of Belarus only after the moratorium on the death penalty. This decision was taken on 23 June at the PACE session in Strasbourg. As said the representative of the HRC “Viasna, Valiantsin Stefanovich, human rights activists fully support this proposal.
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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 »

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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