2009 29/12
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Аlaksiej Lapicki, Zhodzina

At the heart of our story there is an information event usual for today’s secure Belarus, namely, the prohibition of one of a dozen similar peaceful assemblies of citizens to hold a picket in HUMAN RIGHTS DAY … With the only difference that it happened … in the 60000th Zhodzina.

On 25 November human rights defenders from Zhodzina together with many people around the country filed the requests to the City Executive Committees to hold the pickets dedicated to 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Continue reading »

2009 24/12

ААНThe UN Human Rights Committee has registered the individual complaint by Homel opposition activists Aliaksandr Protska and Andrei Tolchyn, the BelaPAN news agency reports. Continue reading »

2009 18/12
Tatsiana Shaputska

Tatsiana Shaputska

Friends and colleagues!

On December 5, 2009 Tatsiana Shaputska was expelled from the Faculty of Law of Belarusian State University.
The decision on expulsion was passed by the Rector of BSU, academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor Siarhei Ablameika. The official press is replete with explanations that the reason for the decision to expel Tatsiana Shaputska was her failure to attend the classes for two days as well as breaking the travel rules for students during the academic year. Continue reading »

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2009 16/12
Internet censure

Cenzura u Internecie

Nasha Niva newspaper received a draft decree On measures for revising the use of the national segment of the World Wide Web.

Under this document, control over web-sites in Belarus is to be carried out in accordance with to the procedure prescribed by the Council of Ministers on approval of the special service, the Operational and Analytics Centre of the Presidential Administration (OAC).

Under the draft decree, the OAC is to control the internet providers of the country. Continue reading »

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2009 16/12
Alaksandar Buhvostau

Alaksandar Buhvostau

As said to the BelaPAN by the leader of the organizing committee of the Belarusian Party of Workers Aliaksandr Bukhvostau, on 15 December the Supreme Court of Belarus didn’t grant the lawsuit of the party concerning its’ non-registration by the Ministry of Justice.

’The verdict was quite predictable’, said Bukhvostau. ‘In fact, all our tactics of work with the Ministry of Justice was near miss. We refused to submit the additional documents that we believed were unnecessary for registering the party.’ Continue reading »

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2009 16/12
Uladzimier Kacora

Uladzimier Kacora

Homel Savetski Tax Inspection ordered Homel member of the For Freedom movement Uladzimer Katsora to pay 10 million roubles for the Civil Initiatives public association, closed down in 2003. Meanwhile, the activist says he has declared his retirement from the position of the head of liquidation commission of Civil Initiatives. Continue reading »

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2009 11/12

On 9 December in Minsk the civil initiative Human Rights Alliance announced the names of the holders of its yearly prize for human rights protection. The festive event was attended by about 50 people including journalists, politicians and civil activists.

It is the second time the prize is awarded. Last year its holders were the human rights defender Barys Zvoskau, the lawyer Tamara Sidarenka and the journalist Siamion Pechanko. Continue reading »

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2009 11/12

Human rights are prohibited to hold pickets or any other actions on the International Day of Human Rights, 10 December.

Groundless refusals were given to the civil activists who applied for authorization of human rights actions in Baranavichy, Barysau, Biaroza, Homel, Hrodna, Mahiliou, Mazyr, Navapolatsk, Orsha, Smarhon, Vitsebsk and some other towns. In Brest the authorities prohibited holding a picket, but instead permitted a rally at the Locomotive stadium. Continue reading »

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2009 11/12
Дзень Правоў Чалавеку, Менск

Human Rights Day, Minsk

On the International Human Rights Day representatives of the Belarusian human rights community passed to the Presidential Administration a petition calling to abolish the death penalty as a kind of punishment that contradicts to the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution and international human rights treaties.

The member of Belarusian Helsinki Committee Hary Pahaniaila, the members of the Foundation for Legal Technologies Development Alena Tankachova and Volha Smalianka, the member of the Center for Human Rights Raisa Mikhailouskaya, the members of Human Rights Center Viasna Zmitser Salauyou and Iryna Toustsik, the member of the Committee for Protection of the Repressed Salidarnasts Andrei Sushko and the human rights defender from Brest Raman Kisliak came to the Presidential Administration. Continue reading »

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2009 10/12
Мікалай Гаўрыленка, Лельчыцы

Міkalai Haurylenka, Lelchytsy

On December 10th, in celebration of the day of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, democracy and human rights activists from Lelchytski region held an action called “Legal information for children”. Continue reading »

2009 09/12
Сьвятлана Лапіцкая, Жодзіна

Сьвятлана Лапіцкая, Жодзіна

Zhodzina executive committee prohibited picketing devoted to the International Human Rights Day and informing citizens about violations of public and political law in Zhodzina district!

The request of 25.11.2009 to organize a peaceful meeting was filed by human rights activists and members of HRC “Viasna” in Zhodzina – Aliaksiey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya.

It was also planned to hand out publications of law content and to collect signatures for defending rights of Belarusian-speaking people.

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2009 08/12
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Аlaksiej Lapicki, Zhodzina

Comments of human right defender on /// of authorities to HRC of UNO in the matter of Alena Zalesskaya…

It’s noticeable that Belarusian authorities traditionally make accent only on their own narrow-minded and corporation-official understanding of provisions of this high-rank international agreement in the field of human rights.

In their comments they completely rely on provisions of inner law and large limitation powers of the acknowledged indispensable right of Belarusian citizens for peaceful events and meetings which is presented there.
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2009 08/12
Леанід Судаленка, Гомель

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Human rights defenders Leanid Sudalenka and Anatol Paplauny received prohibition of organizing a peaceful meeting dedicated to International Human Rights Day. Town officials considered that the activists didn’t pay for militia, medical and sanitary services. Moreover, the relation expression of observing international obligations by our country was planned to take place in the town centre, but the authorities gave an open place in front of cultural centre “Vipra” for these purposes. Continue reading »

2009 07/12
AAN

UN

On 4 September 2009 the Belarusian authorities sent its submission on the comment of Alena Zaleskaya (Vitebsk) to the UN Human Rights Committee. The comment was obtained during the correspondence on the concerned in Geneva individual complaint under No. 1604/2007 on the violation of Alena’s right to peaceful assembly and demonstrations fixed in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
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2009 07/12
Сьвятлана Лапіцкая, Жодзіна

Sviatlana Lapickaja

Zhodzina human rights defenders Aliaksei and Sviatlana Lapitskis applied to the local executive committee for authorization of a picket dated to the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, they have little hope that their action will be permitted. Continue reading »

2009 02/12
193logo

Article 193-1

Article 193-1 of the Criminal Code may be decriminalized in the near future, says Mr. Huminski, head of the Standing Commission for National Security of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, in reply to a complaint by Brest human rights lawyer Uladzimir Malei. Continue reading »

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2009 02/12
Valancin Stafanovicz, Miensk

Valiantsin Stefanovich

‘Legally, no referendum is needed for the abolition of the death penalty,’ says human rights activist and Viasna’s lawyer Valiantsin Stefanovich, commenting President Continue reading »

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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 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

Палітвязьні ў Беларусі

The Amnesty International human rights organization has issued a statement calling President Lukashenka ‘to immediately and unconditionally release Artsyom Dubski, to lift the restrictions on Tatyana Tishkevich, Alyaksei Bondar, Mikhail Kryvau, Maxim Dashuk and Ales Charnyshou and to allow the three who have fled to return to Belarus without risk of further charges being brought against them.’ Continue reading »

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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 »