2009 28/02

http://gdb.rferl.org/8E5F30AD-F537-48F7-AE64-2B9EAFA919A3_w203_s.jpgOn 25 february the court of Tsentralny district of Homel Maryna Damnenka fined members of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Zmitser Karmazin and Aleh Razhkou 20 basic units (700,000 Br, or USD 245).

Independent journalists have been called responsible for “violation of the rules of holding street rallies”, though they were just collecting information about the rally in support of the native language on February 21, Radio Svaboda informs.

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2009 28/02

ЖуковкийThe coordinator of the organizing committee for creation of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party in Homel Kanstantsin Zhukouski, who is serving the punishment in a remand prison, has announced a hunger strike.

As the BelaPAN informs, friends have brought warm clothes to him, however workers of the remand prison refused to take juice packs for K. Zhukouski.

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2009 28/02

http://tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:9vFT-3tCVhmJUM:http://www.hrono.info/heraldicum/flagi/belarus/images/mf.gifAccording to www.by.milinkevich.org, Mazyr town authorities refused to facilitate the search for a legal address by the Young Front youth movement, saying interference in the activities of NGOs is prohibited by the law.

The town authorities also refused to assist the Young Front in finding premises for holding a constituent assembly by the organization’s local office. At the same time the founders of the movement were warned that holding an illegal congress would be viewed as violation of the Law on Mass Actions and may result in administrative or criminal prosecution.

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2009 28/02

Günter Nooke

Günter Nooke

“Our visit should remind the EU countries and Belarus that cooperation, even on economic grounds, must base on common system of values, Günter Nooke said.

Günter Nooke, German’s Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights, was in the delegation of ombudsmen from four European states, visiting Belarus.

As the German ombudsman pointed out at a meeting with journalists on February 26, “a visit of the delegation isn’t aimed at looking for positive changes”:

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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 28/02

According to www.interfax.by, the situation in the village of Pukhavichy (Homel region), famous for its notorious case of ‘the arsonist of Pukhavichy’, is getting tense, since some of the villagers are not pleased with murderers having been set free.

Three residents of the village were prosecuted for the murder of their fellow villager, thought to have been guilty of numerous arsons. Shortly after the suspects were put to prison, President Lukashenka publicly urged the police to release the murderers due to ‘the insignificance of the crime.’

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2009 24/02

Lithuanian MEP Laima Liucija Andrikiene, who initiated the visit, told reporters that they had come to see the situation in Belarus with their own eyes. She described the visit as brief, intensive and important.
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2009 24/02
Valyantsin Stefanovich

Valyantsin Stefanovich

A well-known Belarusian human rights activist has commented to the Cgarter’97 press-centre the arrest of the underage participant of the Process of Fourteen Maxim Dashuk.
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2009 24/02
Court

Court

Homel Thsentralny Borough Court sentenced Kastus Zhukouski to 7 days of arrest for participating in a Mother Language Day action in downtown Homel. Vasil Takarenka, Marysia Tulzankova and Ales Viartseika were fined BYR 700,000 each. The teenagers were standing in the center of Homel holding posters with the words ‘Mother Tongue’ and a Russian phrase ‘Banned’ across. Their mouths were covered with green and red ribbons.
NB: International Mother Language Day, celebrated annually on February 21, aims to promote the recognition and practice of the world’s mother tongues, particularly minority ones.

Source: spring96.org

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2009 22/02
Vital Myshona

Vital Myshona

On 20 February Lelchytsy district court fined Catholic priest Vital Myshona BYR 105,000 for failing to follow the rulings by the local geodetic department following the installation of a cross in the town of Lelchytsy.
The priest was accused of unauthorized installation of a Catholic cross.

Source: www.spring96.org

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2009 22/02

Several school teachers from Rechytsa, Homel region, addressed www.naviny.by with a request to determine the legality of introducing personal responsibility for test results, a provision to be added to their work contracts by local authorities.

‘The teacher is personally responsible for test results’, says the new provision. Teachers say this is another means of improving school results, invented by the local educational department. Continue reading »

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2009 20/02

HR Center Viasna

HR Center Viasna

On 14 February 2008 the unregistered Young Front organization conducted a peaceful youth demonstration.

In spite of the fact that the action was peaceful, the demonstrators were attacked by representatives of the Belarusian riot police, using violence and compliance weapons. As a result, dozens of citizens were beaten up. Continue reading »

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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 20/02

Zmitser Khvedaruk

Zmitser Khvedaruk

Zmitser Khvedaruk, forcefully drafted into army “Young Front” activist, was postponed a surgery till 14 March. He has to serve in the military unit in Zhodzina on the same basis as other soldiers.

Zmitser Khvedaruk had a medical examination in polyclinic # 14 yesterday, website mfront.net reports.
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2009 16/02

Alaksiej Lapicki, ŽodzinaDoes the current version of the Belarusian Constitution correspond to the universally recognized principles of the international law?
How does the state implement the imperative procedures of the international law, stated in the international treaties and resulting in its high obligations?
It is high time to raise these crucial questions. The answers to these questions will determine the country’s reputation and help Belarus find its place among other European countries.
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2009 14/02

Council of Europe

Council of Europe

The Council of Europe’s Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) program provides various online resources in the field of human rights, that can be used by human rights teachers communities across Europe, legal professionals, along with ordinary people interested in the protection of human rights.

HELP’s Belarusian web-page has been created and will be updated with relevant legal and educational resources. It will also feature materials and electronic educational programs, useful links and other online information, dealing with both the existing and newer educational programs in the field of law, aimed at accurate understanding and practical usage of the ECHR’s regulations.

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2009 12/02
Leanid Sudalenka

Leanid Sudalenka

‘The difference between our nations is that in your country it is the people who rule, while in our country it is the law that rules.’ (Sir W.Churchill to J.Stalin)

At a special press-conference on 5 February in Minsk, the Prosecutor General Piotr Miklashevich made a shocking statement: ‘The Constitutional Court does not find any violations of the constitutional rights of Belarusian citizens in the compulsory fingerprinting campaign.’

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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 08/02

Сустрэча кветкамі. Сябры.‘God never shuts one door but he opens another.’

On 7 February Zmitser Khvedaruk, member of the Young Front unregistered youth organization, officially joined the army in military unit #18662 in Zhodzina. The activist was drafted to the army despite the fact he is a full-time student of the Christian College. He had also been previously prosecuted for membership in an unregistered organization – Article 193-1 of the Belarusian Criminal Code. Thus the state showed that it is the authorities not the Constitution that rules in the country.
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2009 03/02
UN

UN

Leninski district court of Minsk refused to consider a complaint against the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that ignores the UN ruling prescribing the legal rehabilitation of the Civil Initiatives NGO.
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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 02/02
Ales Bialiatski

Ales Bialiatski

Mr.Bialiatski’s interview concerning the registration of the Nasha Viasna human rights organization.
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2009 02/02
fidh

FIDH

Very serious concern regarding the recent drafting of political and civil organisations’ activists into the Belarus army,
OPEN LETTER to Mrs. N. Pyatkevich, Deputy Head Secretary to the President of Belarus, Mr. S. Martynov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. V. Golovanov, Minister of Justice
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2009 02/02

Смяротнае пакараннеA number of Belarusian human rights experts have launched a public campaign aimed at the abolition of capital punishment in Belarus.

A special petition drawn up by representatives of the Belarusian human rights community will be sent to the Parliament, the Government and the President of Belarus.
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