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 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 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 30/10
Юлія Дарашкевіч

Yuliya Darashkevich

In the evening of 29 October police arrested the press photographers, members of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), Yuliya Darashkevich (“Nasha Niva”) and Uladzimir Grydzin (a freelance correspondent for Radio “Svaboda”) for the photographing of white-red-white flags, placed on the Nezalezhnastsi Avenue in Minsk by activists of the campaign “European Belarus”.

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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 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 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 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

Chairman of the Permanent Commission of the House of Representatives on education, culture, science and scientific progress, Mr. Uladzimer Zdanovich, responded to a question whether the parents of the students should provide a financial assistance to the schools, wrote newspaper “Zviazda”. 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 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 07/09

The government, like last year, tried to disrupt the bard festival “Orsha Battle”. Some people who wanted to get on the Krapivenskaye field on 5 September were taken out of Orsha by the policemen in a paddy wagon.

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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 03/09

The UN Human Rights Committee has determined the final deadline to the Republic of Belarus – 15 November 2009 – to prepare a response to the claim of the family of the missing Anatol Krasouski.

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2009 01/09
Карней Пятровіч

Кarniej Piatrovich

On 11 September a preliminary hearing of the court was held in Baranavichy district court (Judge Petr Makaday). The complaint of a lawyer, Mr. Karney, on Baranavichy State University (BarSU) was considered on the hearing. Continue reading »

2009 22/07

Today, the regional court pronounced a judgment in the case of five opposition leaders accused of organizing mass actions under the walls of the Homel regional department of internal affairs. Accused oppositionists did not come to the court hearing in protest against judicial tyranny.
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2009 21/07

Asambleja NDA BielarusiRepresentatives of the largest NGOs in Belarus sent an appeal to members of the Advisory Council. The signatories urge the authorities to initiate a dialogue with the civil society. According to the initiators of appeal the practical steps that will facilitate communication of the state and the third sector, would be the abolition of Article 193-1 of the Criminal Code (activities on behalf of unregistered organization) and the approval of the Concept of development of civil society in Belarus, developed by the Assembly of NGOs.
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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 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

Baranavichy city executive committee will no longer require the organizers of street actions to pay the job of police officers, ambulance and firefighters in advance. This decision of local authorities was announced today at a board meeting of the regional court of Brest region.
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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 19/12

КРАМА - заўсёды ЗА БЕЛАРУСЬ!Zhodzina party bosses of the pro-Lukashenka Belarusian Republican Youth Union (BRSM) seem to oppose Belarusian as such. They do not understand why a schoolchild may choose to dance to Belarusian-language music at a Christmas party.

Anyway, the fact is that the schoolmasters of Gymnasium #1, steered by the BRSM town office ideologists, impose ban on organizing a Belarusian-language Christmas school dancing party. Will this be followed by any reaction by the Ministry of Education? Continue reading »

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2008 16/11

Vybarčy invientar - jak u iluzyjanista- fokusnikaOn 15 October, the United Democratic Forces of Belarus adopted an action plan for the nearest future. Their primary goal is introducing changes to the electoral legislation. Continue reading »

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