2016 01/03

Through the appeal to the UN Committee on Human Rights (UNCHR) Vitsebsk member of the Conservative Christian Party BNF Jan Dziarzhautsau managed to defend his rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Continue reading »

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2016 29/02

united_nations1Due to appeal to the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) Viciebsk member of the Conservative Christian Party BPF Jan Dzyarzhautsau managed to defend their rights to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly. Continue reading »

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2016 05/02

At the end of December 2015 the UN Human Rights Council has registered a complaint Viciebsk resident Peter Berlinov. Continue reading »

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2015 22/02

Human rights activist Pavel Levinau received a message stating that the complaint distributor of the newspaper “Vitebsk courier” Mikhail Zhuravlev registered. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations informed of registration under number 2495/2014 submitted to the HRC communications under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Continue reading »

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2015 18/01

Having labeled a photo session on a background of graffiti as unauthorized picketing, the Chyhunachny District Court of Vitebsk fined six participants. Attempts to appeal this decision to the Regional Court have so far brought no success. The fines are now being appealed to the chairman of the Regional Court.
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2015 10/01

The UN Committee on Human Rights published a decision on the appeal № 1987/2010, adopted at the 112th session of the Committee. According to this decision, the Republic of Belarus as a country – party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights recognizes the rights violator activist Anatoly Stambrovski provided for in paragraph 2 of article 19 of the Covenant.
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2014 24/12

The Vitsebsk Regional Court has heard the appeals of local journalists and activists who were fined for unauthorized picketing as a result of a photo session on November 5. The appeals were dismissed by the court, who did not accept the arguments that it was not picketing, but a photo shoot and upheld the ruling of the Chuhynachny district court.
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2014 19/12

Vitebsk human rights activist Leonid Svetik appealed to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus with the proposals to consider life insurance and health of prisoners (convicts). Continue reading »

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2014 11/12

Human rights activist appealed to the Chyhunachny District Executive Committee to inform it about his intention to get photographed with his friends just for the sake of taking photos. Continue reading »

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2014 10/12

December 10 is the Human Rights Day, which is celebrated around the world. On this day in 1948 the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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2014 28/11

There were court sessions in Czyhunaczny district court f Viciebsk for taking photos against graffiti.Everybody was found guilty in nonauthorized picketing.

Zmicier Kazakievicz and Alena Sciapanava were fined in the amount of 20 basic amounts (i.e. for 3 million rubles each), and activist of organizing committee of Belarusian Christian Democracy Party Alena Szabunia – in the amount of 18 basic amounts (which is 300 hundred less) taking into consideration the fact that she has three children and that she in unemployed.

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2014 27/11

The human rights activist wants to get an official response, can be photographed in Vitebsk without permission. The basis for the administration of the treatment was the incident with the Vitebsk journalists and activists who are accused of holding an unauthorized action “based on” snapshots with the photo shoot. Continue reading »

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2014 06/11

Members of the Conservative Christian Party Belarusian Popular Front Piatro Sarapenia and Yan Dziarzhautsau wanted to conduct their event on November 7 in order to inform the citizens about the consequences of the October coup d’etat and the need to ban the Communist Party of Belarus and its ideology. Continue reading »

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2014 23/10

Meeting on the Freedom Day(Dzien Voli) on March 25, 2009 ended with detention for Ihar Bazarau and Valery Aliaksandrau . Two days later, the Court of the October District they were fined in the amount of two basic units.
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2014 08/10

Vitsebsk activists are trying to convince the executive committee of the necessity to amend the decision on mass events. The officials respond that it is flawless and meets all legal requirements. However, the official who is mentioned in it is serving a sentence for a bribe.
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2014 22/09

Members of the Conservative Christian Party BNF Jan Dzyarzhautsau Aleh Emialianau and Peter Sarapenia applied for meetings at the three districts of the city. And have got refuses from three district administrations.
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2014 28/08

A request for the event was submitted to the Kastrychnitski district administration of Vitsebsk by local blogger Ihar Pastnou, famous for his criticism of health care officials. He fulfilled all the requirements that are prescribed by the decision of the City Executive Committee “On Mass Events in Vitsebsk”, but failed to receive permission. Continue reading »

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2014 14/08

Several dozen residents of Vitsebsk have signed a collective letter to the Council of Ministers to contribute to change the regulation of the Vitebsk City Executive Committee №881 “On Mass Events in Vitsebsk” and initiate an appeal to the Constitutional Court to verify compliance of this document with the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus. Continue reading »

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2014 06/08

The event, aimed at reminding the people about the existence of political prisoners in modern Belarus, has been scheduled for August 4. However, human rights defender Leanid Svetsik wasn’t allowed to hold it. Continue reading »

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2014 04/08

Applications for pickets for release of political prisoners, filed by human rights activists within the framework of the Day of Solidarity with Belarusian civil society, were turned down by the local authorities in Navapolatsk, Vitsebsk, Homel, Mozyr, Rechytsa, Zhodzina, Barysau, Baranavichy, Smarhon and Mahiliou.
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2014 24/07

There is an application for holding a picket made in Viciebsk. The aim of the action, which is to happen on the 4th of August, is to get citizens of the city acquainted with the fact that there are political prisoners in Belarus recognized by Belarusian society, international and Belarusian human rights organizations. Human rights defender Leanid Sviecik is the initiator of the action.
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2014 25/06

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint by a resident of the village of Buyany, Vitsebsk region, Leanid Zdrestau. Continue reading »

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2014 09/06

In Zhodzina it became necessary to make agreements with the police, medical and community services after the representative of the executive committee recognized her own order to applicants to make such agreements to be groundless. Continue reading »

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2014 08/06

Hrystaphor Zhaliapau (in the photo), the coordinator of the Movement for Freedom in Viciebsk region, sent the head of the executive committee Viktar Nikalaikin a letter. Continue reading »

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2012 25/06
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Paval Levinau, Vitsebsk

Vitsebsk human rights defender Paval Levinau will not be able to hold three pickets on June 26, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, after his applications were dismissed by the city’s executive officials. Continue reading »

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2012 24/05

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
PUBLIC STATEMENT

18 May 2012
EUR 49/005/2012

Amnesty International’s position on the case of
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2012 03/04
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On 30 March 2012, human rights defender Mr Valery Shchukin was condemned to an administrative fine in relation to a protest held on the previous day against the trial of political activists which was about to take place behind closed doors in Orsha. Following his protest, he was detained and put in pre-trial detention before being charged. Valery Shchukin is a 70-year-old human rights defender based in Vitsebsk who is particularly active in defending political and civil rights.
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2012 30/03

On 24 February 2012, the Pervomaisk District Court in Vitebsk sentenced opposition activist Siarhei Kavalenka to two years and one month imprisonment, having found him guilty of evading serving a punishment of supervised release.
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2012 10/01
Siarhei Kavalenka, Vitsebsk

Siarhei Kavalenka, Vitsebsk

A lawyer of an activist from Vitsebsk has received an official reply from the prosecutor’s office of the Pershamaiski district.
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2012 09/01
Сяргей Каваленка, Віцебск

Siarhey Kavalenka, Vitebsk

Siarhey Kavalenka, who was recognized a political prisoner by the human rights activists of Vitsebsk, filed the complaint to the UN Committee on Human Rights on the eve of imprisonment in Vitebsk detention centre number 2. This way the activist is trying to protect his rights and make Belarusian authorities to abolish his sentence for hanging a white-red-white flag on the Christmas tree in the center of Vitebsk two years ago.
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2012 05/01
Алена Каваленка, Віцебск

Alena Kavalenka, Vitsebsk

Alena Kavalenka learned it from the investigator who deals with her husband’s case. On 3 January she had filed an application for a meeting with Siarhei. However, on 5 Janury investigator Yury Volkau mocked at her, saying that in some cases complaints could be considered for up to 10 days.
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2012 05/01
Праўная інфармацыя

Legal information

The aim of the campaign launched by the local organization “Legal Assistance to Population” is to return the free access to legal information on the web.
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2011 27/12
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On December 26 Kastrychnitsky district court of Vitebsk closed the administrative case against the activist, on whom a protocol was drawn up after the white-red-white flag appeared on the store “The Fifth Element”. Continue reading »

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2011 21/12
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Vitsebsk activist of the Conservative Christian Party “Belarusian Popular Front” Siarhei Kavalenka may be imprisoned for up to three years for alleged violation of suspended sentence restrictions. Continue reading »

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2011 06/12
Леанід Сьвецік, Віцебск

Leanid Svetsik, Vitsebsk

However, the head of the ideological department, Aliaksandr Kulikou, sent him a demand to present any documents which confirm their powers, instead of giving an answer.
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2011 27/11
Вярхоўны Суд

As reported at the web site of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus, this institution is monitoring the performance of the judicial system. Therefore, citizens are asked to send their assessment and suggestions for improving judicial work. Human rights defenders of Vitebsk decided to respond to this request and sent to the Supreme Court their suggestions about work of general jurisdiction courts.

The reply recently received by human rights activists in response to their suggestion was disappointing. Continue reading »

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2011 13/11
Леанід Сьвецік, Віцебск

Leanid Svetsik, Vitsebsk

On 10 November the Vitsebsk Region Court considered the cassation appeal of human rights defender Leanid Svetsik against the verdict of the Chairman of the Chyhunachny District Court of Vitsebsk, Raman Dziahoda, upholding the verdict of the Chyhunachny District Court by which a picket ban issued to Mr. Svetsik by the Vitsebsk Chyhunachny District Executive Committee had been declared lawful. Continue reading »

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2011 08/10
Леанід Сьвецік, ВІцебск

Leanid Svetsik, Vitsebsk

Leanid Svetsik had to go to the law after the head of the Railway district administration Yury Maskaliou refused him to hold a picket in support of Ales Bialiatsky, scheduled for August 22. Judge Roman Dziahoda considered the arguments of the human rights activist “unreasonable” and did not meet any of the stated requirements. Continue reading »

2011 22/09
Валер Місьнік, Віцебск

Valer Misnikau, Vitsebsk

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered the complaint submitted by Vitsebsk resident Valer Misnikau against alleged violations of his civil rights by the Belarusian authorities.
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2011 09/09
Алена Залеская, Віцебск

At the 101st session of the United Nations Human Rights Committee adopted a resolution regarding the appeal of Alena Zaleskaya to the committee. In this appeal Alena, the citizen of Belarus, claimed that the Belarusian authorities violated her rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights signed by Belarus.
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2010 30/08
Jaraslau Bernikovich

Jaraslau Bernikovich

Yaraslau Bernikovich, activist of the For Freedom opposition movement and member of the BPF party, was forced to provide explanations on the recent Larysa Heniuyush memorial festival held in the town of Hlybokaye, Vitsebsk region, and officially banned by the local authorities, Radio Racyja reports. Continue reading »

2010 25/08
Хрыстафор Жэляпаў, Віцебск

Khrystafor Zheliapau, Vitsiebsk

Vitsebsk Chyhunachny Court acquitted Khrystafor Zheliapau, activist of the For Freedom movement, previously charged with alleged illegal distribution of opposition periodicals, Aliaksandr Milinkevich’s press-service reports. Continue reading »

2010 25/08
Volha Karach, Vitsebsk

Volha Karach, Vitsebsk

Belarusian human rights defender Volha Karach has been awarded the international Radebeuler Couragepreis, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

The Radebeuler Couragepreis is named after the German town of Radebeul, a suburb of Dresden, where an armistice was signed in 1645 putting an end to the devastating Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648), one of Europe’s first major interstate armed conflicts. Continue reading »

2010 19/07

On 13 July, the Chyhunachny District Procuracy of Vitsebsk started a check-up of the materials concerning a Vitsebsk activist Siarhei Beliazeka that were received from the Presidential Administration.

Mr. Beliazeka is suspected of violating Article 368 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, ‘insult of president’, that envisages up to two years of imprisonment. Continue reading »

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2010 23/04

The administrations of two Vitsebsk schools #40 and #43 refused to post the election leaflets of Aliaksandr Kuzniatsou, Belarusian Popular Front member, running for the Vitsebsk Regional Council, after the posters were found ‘ruffian-like’. The officials argued that the posters had a picture of a New Year tree with a white-red-white national flag on top of it, which was considered inadmissible.
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2010 20/04
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Statement by the Human Rights Center ‘Viasna’
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2010 01/04
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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 29/01
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The Human Rights Committee established a fact of violation of the right of democratic activist Valery Lukyanchyk to be elected to the “house of representatives” at the “elections” on October 17, 2004.

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

2010 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 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 07/12
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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 02/12
"Бульбашъ"

“Bulbash”

On February 23, 2009 Vitsebsk resident Siarhei Kavalenka appealed to the National Intellectual Property Center of the State Committee on Science and Technology, expressing his opinion and offered to withdraw the certificate number 25281 issued to the trademark “Bulbash”. Continue reading »

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2009 09/11
Мікалай Гаўрыленка, Лельчыцы

Мікalai Haurylenka, Lelchycy

Belarusian court fined the human rights activist Leanid Svetsik 30 million Belarusian rubles (about 12 thousand dollars). The sentence was imposed for that he had supposedly sent to various residents of the city of Vitsebsk threatening letters on behalf of the unregistered organization “Russian National Unity”. But every conscientious person in Vitsebsk, familiar with the substance of the issue will tell you that Mr. Svetsik could not do so, only because he provided legal assistance to all people who received such letters by mail. Continue reading »

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2009 04/11
Сурган і Каваленка, Гарадок

T. Surhan and S.Kavalenka, Vitsebsk

Judge of the Kastrychnitski district Edgar Martyrasian fined Vitsebsk activists Taras Surhan and Siarhei Kavalenka 700 000 rubles (about $255) each.

The oppositionists were fined for marching along Vitsebsk Street with white-red-white flags on 2 November, the day when the Ancestors’ Day, Dziady is celebrated in Belarus. The activists were charged with holding an unsanctioned rally, RFE/RL informs. Continue reading »

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2009 04/11
Пятро Кузьняцоў, Гомель

Piotr Kuzniatsou, Homel

The owners of the Belarusian passports are under state protection. So it is written in the document itself. However, the Belarusian reality is built on lies. It often happens that the Belarusian passport is a passport to hell.
Vitebsk human rights activist Leanid Svetsik was sentenced to a fine of about 12 thousand dollars! It was several months ago, but for some reason it is now when this has to be pronounced. Continue reading »

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2009 30/10

Leanid Marhotka, Salihorsk

Leanid Marhotka, Salihorsk

A number of Salihorsk youth activists are facing several million roubles of fines. The Young Front activist Ilya Shyla has been appealing the sentence in different judicial bodies for over a month and it is most likely that he soon will submit a complaint to the UN Committee on Human Rights.

The representative of Belarusian Helsinki Committee in Salihorsk region Leonid Markhotka expressed his opinion regarding the practice of substituting political arrests by huge fines. Continue reading »

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2009 30/10
Леанід Судаленка, Гомель

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Homel civil and political figures on the criminal prosecution of Leanid Svetsik

Leanid Sudalenka, Chair of the Legal Initiative’s Homel office, human rights activist, Homel
- The Vitsebsk human rights activist Leanid Svetsik was convicted of sending letters with threats on behalf of the unregistered ultra-right organization RNE (Russian National Unity). The offence is prosecuted under Article 130-1 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (fomenting racial, national or religious hatred). As far as I know, Svetsik’s work was to render legal assistance to the receivers of the letters and that was his only fault. Now he will have to pay a huge fine of 11,000 USD, which roughly equals to a 3-year’s average salary in Belarus. It looks like the State has made up its mind to earn money on the human rights activist and his big family. I am sure that Leanid Svetsik will find a decent way out of the complicated situation, for he has not admitted the verdict yet. He is going to appeal it, therefore he considers himself innocent! Continue reading »

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2009 28/10

Alaksiej Lapicki

Alaksiej Lapicki

Harassment of human rights activists in Belarus…

Vitebsk human rights activist Leanid Svetsik has been punished by the system with the greatest fine of 34 million rubles on charges, which were immediately used by the official state media for fomenting resentment and hatred, further discrimination of the Belarusian society.

In this case, the target of a company of discredit appeared to be an active in its relations with the UNCHR Vitebsk human rights activist, an activist of the Belarusian civil society, whose very honorable mission of a human rights activist was damaged.  Continue reading »

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2009 30/07

Leanid Svetsik, Vitsebsk

Leanid Svetsik, Vitsebsk

Thus, the human rights activists helped people, but who will help the activist?
Vitsebsk human rights activist Leanid Svetsik has received a reply to his claim lodged with the Constitutional Court of Belarus, saying that having considered the events dating back to 17 July 2009, mentioned in the claim, the Court passed judgment #P-360-2009 ‘On Securing Equal Rights of Citizens in the Labour Sector.’
In its verdict, already registered in the National Register of Legal Acts of the Republic of Belarus, the Constitutional Court accepted the arguments by the human rights activist pertaining to the illegality of the existing discriminative system of employment restrictions, based on age and place of residence Continue reading »

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2009 28/04

Мікулін АляксандрOn 27 August 2008 the Electoral Committee of Vitsebsk Electoral District #21 refused to register Aliaksandr Mikulin running for the Parliament. Mr.Mikulin disagreed on the decision, guided by the following reasons:
- Under Article 62-1 of the Belarusian Electoral Code, he applied for registration as a candidate for deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, representing the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) and its local office on the territory of the constituency.
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2009 21/04

On 30 October 2007, Siarhei Kavalenka took part in a civil funeral procession outside Vitsebsk. The action was devoted to the victims of Stalin’s repressions in the 1930s-1950s and attended by over 30 members of their families.
The memorial action was to take place at the execution and burial spots of the repressed people, in the villages of Paliai, Varony and Koptsi, Vitsebsk district. The activists were going to install a cross and lay flowers on the place of mass executions. However, they were approached by representatives of the police, with Deputy Chair of Vitsebsk District Police Department Major Lilenka at its head, who named the funeral procession an unauthorized picket and suggested stopping it. Continue reading »

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2009 16/04

hitler_stalinOn 30 October 2007, Siarhei Beliazeka took part in a civil funeral procession outside Vitsebsk. The action was devoted to the victims of Stalin’s repressions in the 1930s-1950s and attended by over 30 members of their families.
The memorial action was to take place at the execution and burial spots of the repressed people, in the villages of Paliai, Varony and Koptsi, Vitsebsk district. The activists were going to install a cross and lay flowers on the place of mass executions. However, they were approached by representatives of the police, with Deputy Chair of Vitsebsk District Police Department Major Lilenka at its head, who named the funeral procession an unauthorized picket and suggested stopping it.
Despite the threats, Siarhei Beliazeka, together with his fellow activists, went on with the funeral rites. When the action was over and its participants came back to the bus, Major Lilenka said they all were detained as participants of an unauthorized picket. The activists protested against the arrest, but had to obey the order. Continue reading »

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2009 13/04

Barys Khamaida

Barys Khamaida

Barys Khamaida was detained on 7 July 2007 (birthday of the People’s Poet of Belarus Yanka Kupala) in downtown Vitsebsk as he was holding a poster with the poet’s verse written on it. He was taken to Vitsebsk Chyhunachny Police Department and charged with violating Article 23.34 of the Civil Code (violating procedures of holding mass actions and pickets). On the same day, Mr.Khamaida’s case was considered by Judge Bardziukova of Vitsebsk Chyhunachny Court. As a result of the trial, the activist was fined BYR 310,000. Continue reading »

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2009 11/04

7e4feaa1-588e-4175-898e-bd8598b95a82_w400_sAlena Zaleskaya was detained by the police and taken to Vitsebsk Kastrychnitski police department, where she was charged with violating Article 167-1 of the Belarusian Civil Code (‘violating the procedures of organizing and holding mass actions’). The case was considered by Judge Valiantsina Mikhasiova of Vitsebsk Kastrychnitski Court, who fined the woman BYR 620,000. Continue reading »

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2009 26/01
Vladimir Vysotski

Vladimir Vysotski

Vitsebsk authorities have banned a picket in commemoration of an iconic Soviet actor and singer-songwriter Vladimir Vysotski, for which a representative of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee of Vitsebsk region Pavel Lyavinau applied.

Pavel Lyavinau planned to stage the picket on January 25, on Vladimir Vysotski’s birthday. He intended to stand near the regional library and hand out leaflets with quotes from the songs of the famous Russian author, as he finds his poetry with social content being of interest in the context of today’s Belarus, Radio Svaboda informs.
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2009 14/01

СудOn 19 December Vitsebsk Kastrychnitski borough court considered the claim lodged by human rights activist Pavel Levinau against the decision to ban a number of public events dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Continue reading »

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