2010 13/08
Міхась Пашкевіч

Mihas Pashkievich

Minsk Maskouski Court fined Mikail Pashkevich, activist of the ‘Havary Praudu’ civil campaign, BYR 1,400,000 for staging an unauthorized rally on the International Youth Day, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.
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2010 09/08
M.Аўтуховіч

M.Autuhovich

Pavel Sapelka, a lawyer, informed that because of the prison administration one more attempt to visit a dentist Mikalai Autukhovich failed.
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2010 06/08
ANN

UN

Leaders of Belarusian opposition have addressed the UN Security Council with a request to conduct an international investigation of abductions of well-known Belarusians.

On Wednesday the appeal was sent to Foreign Ministers of the permanent members of the UN Security Council – China, Russia, the Great Britain, France and the US. The full text of the address follows.
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2010 02/08
Мікалай Кулеш, Менск

Мikalai Кulesh, Меnsk

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

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

2010 02/08
ABSE

OSCE

On 30 July, Dunja Mijatovich has delivered her first report at the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna. In the report on two dozens of the OSCE participating States, to which Mijatovich addressed with different questions concerning freedom of mass media, Belarus is mentioned as well, Radio Svaboda informs.
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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 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 15/07

On 12 July, human rights defender Siarei Ustsinau lodged with the Leninski District Court of Minsk a claim against the Presidential Administration in connection with the enforcement of Decree #60. According to the activist, some provisions of this decree violate the right to privacy. Continue reading »

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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
Асамблея НДА Беларусі

NGO Assembly

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

2010 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 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 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 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
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 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
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
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
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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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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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 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 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 19/11
AAN

AAN

16 November was the deadline for the Belarusian authorities to provide their comments on the complaint submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee by the family of the disappeared Anatol Krasouski. The complaint submitted by Iryna and Valerya Krasouskis was registered by the Committee on 16 November 2008, its copy being sent to the respondent, www.ciwr.org reports.
The Belarusian authorities were initially to respond to the complaint by 16 May 2009. Continue reading »

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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
Памяць продкаў пад забаронаю, Вілейка

Verdict to Vileika activists left unchanged.

On November 6 Minsk regional court dismissed the complaint by the pro-democratic movement activists from Vileika region Aiaksei Siudak, Uladzimir Maliarchuk and Ales Narkevich.
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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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 »

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 08/03

logo.jpgOn 6-7 March the 6th assembly of pro-democratic NGOs of Belarus was held at the international educational center (IBB) in Minsk. The aim of the forum was to analyze the situation in the third sector, the juridical situation of NGOs and elaborate and adopt the strategy of the Assembly’s activities for the near future. 
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2009 28/02

On 20-21 February Minsk hosted a regular session of the International Student Human Rights School/Students’ Rights, organized by the Studentskaya rada initiative, Youth Human Rights Movement and the Youth Network for Students Rights, and visited by 25 teenagers from Belarus, Ukraine and Russia.

The seminar was conducted by a CE expert Andrei Yurov, along with Dmitry Makarov, coordinator of the Youth Network for Students Rights.

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2009 20/02

Franak Vyachork

Franak Vyachork

Leader of “The Youth of BPF” Franak Vyachorka is to be taken to military hospital in Minsk where it will be decided whether he should stay in Minsk or be taken to hospital in Babruisk.

Franak Vyachorka told it “Nasha Niva” newspaper on the phone.

He said he had high blood pressure and problems with heart after physical exercises.
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2009 20/02

Мірныя акцыі ў МенскуA rally of solidarity with political prisoners was brutally disbanded in Minsk on February 16. Dozens of Minsk dwellers were beaten up by policemen and riot policemen on October Square in Minsk.

On February 16, on the Day of Belarusian Solidarity, opposition leaders and activists, former political prisoners and common Minsk dwellers came to October Square with portraits of the arrested Mikalay Autukhovich, Yury Lyavonau, Uladzimir Asipenka, Artsyom Dubski.
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2009 11/02

NGOs Assembly

NGOs Assembly

On 7 February there took place the constituent assembly of the Assembly of Democratic NGOs, at which the organization charter and other documents necessary for state registration were adopted. 

Among the founders of the assembly there are NGOs from all over Belarus, including the Republican human rights association Belarusian Helsinki Committee, the Center for Human Rights, Minsk NGO ‘Center Supolnasc, the public association of large families of Verkhniadzvinski district Family, etc. If the Assembly of Democratic NGOs passes the state registration successfully, other NGOs will be invited to join it as well.
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2009 03/02

MarkelawThe action in memory of the assassinated Russian lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova was held in Minsk on 1 February. Some 15 people gathered in front of the Russian embassy in Minsk carrying candles and portraits of Markelov and Baburova. The participants of the action expressed their solidarity with the Russian civil society and condemned the brutal murder of the famous human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and independent journalist Anastasia Baburova in broad daylight in downtown Moscow on 19 January 2009.
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2009 27/01

Анатолий Лебедько

Anatol Labiedzka

A meeting of Ambassador Janez Lenarcic, the Director of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), with representatives of opposition has been held in Minsk on January, 23. International representatives and Democratic leaders have discussed the issue of changing of electoral legislation in Belarus. Continue reading »

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2008 11/12

… правы чалавека!?Celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration in Belarus was marked with mass (and in some cases, quite rude) detentions of human rights defenders and civil activists. Continue reading »

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2008 09/12

Bierazienka_sudThe hearings on the criminal case against Alexander Barazenka at Tsentralny district court came to an end. Procurator Tsikhavets demanded that the accused was sentenced to 18 months of personal restraint without direction to an open prison. Alexander Barazenka did not take the blame. Continue reading »

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2008 19/11

Рыгор ВаіслевічOn 18 November Aliaksei and Sviatlana Lapitskis submitted another complaint to the General Procuracy of the Republic of Belarus, directly to the procurator general, R.A.Vasilevich. Continue reading »

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2008 18/11

Kanstytucyja RB i PRAVAThe last convocation of the Belarus’ Parliament was hesitating too long. It stubbornly kept silent, but as a result… it simply decided to keep it to itself… Thus, violating the acting law of the Republic of Belarus About citizen’s applications, it still has given no answer to the address of Aliaksei Lapitski of 23 December 2007, in which the human rights activist applied to the Parliament of the Republic of Belarus as a subject of legal initiative on the proposal of the Constitutional Court. Continue reading »

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2008 11/11

Судовае рашэньне і …On 10 November 2008 Aliaksei Lapitski received by mail the decision of the cassation instance, the College Board of Minsk city court, dated 23 October 2008 concerning his private lawsuit of 21 September 2008. Continue reading »

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2008 19/10

BGKIn the afternoon of 6 October the road policemen of Stoubtsy district police department stopped the car of the deputy chairperson of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Tatsiana Hatsura on the highway Brest-Minsk. Continue reading »

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