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 30/11
Леанід Судалека, Гомель

Леанід Судалека, Гомель

An activist of the Movement “For Freedom” received a negative reply to his proposal to publish in the local newspaper information about the contest dedicated to the day of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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2009 28/11
Тамара Шчапёткіна, Бяроза

Tamara Shchapiotkina, Biaroza

Mrs. Tamara Shchapiotkina, independent journalist from the town of Biaroza, Brest region, has received an official warning by Brest Regional Prosecutor’s Office for interviewing on behalf of Radio Racyja. The journalist says the warning is groundless. However, Mrs. Shchapiotkina was told she might be prosecuted in case another warning was issued in future. Continue reading »

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2009 26/11
ГАА, Жодзіна

The Town Department of Education, Zhodzina

And the common term “telephone law” does not even fit here…

This is what happened…

Less than two weeks had passed, after the parents of Yanka Lapitski manage the return their own Belarusian-speaking son to full Belarusian-language training in Zhodzina Gymnasium № 1, but the efforts of the Director Henadz Karshun again deteriorated the situation and almost threw it back.
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2009 23/11
Raman Kislak

Raman Kislak

Three Brest activists Iryna Laurouskaya, Raman Kisliak and Dzianis Turchyniak have submitted their individual complaints to the UN Human Rights Committee. Continue reading »

2009 21/11
Уладзімер Арлоў

Uladzimer Arlou

The meeting of readers with a well-known Belarusian historian and writer which is planned for November 20 in Salihorsk is at risk.

Ideology workers of Salihorsk city executive committee decided that the evening with the writer will have political undertones, “Radio Racyja” informs. Continue reading »

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2009 19/11
Валер Рыбчанка, Гомель

Valer Rybchanka, Homel

Judge Vasil Biahun of Homel Regional Court has ruled to reverse a 700,000-rouble fine to Valery Rybchanka, local opposition Communist leader, his civil case being sent for reconsideration at Homel Chyhunachny Court. Continue reading »

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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
Partyja BHK

Partyja BCD

Organizers of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party have stated about mass pressure on activists of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party with a demand to withdraw their signatures under the founding document for party creation. 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 17/11

The main justice department of Hrodna oblast executive committee denied the state registration to the Cultural-educational association ‘Golden Lion’ from Slonim.

The registering organ quoted as the reason for the non-registration the incompatibility of certain provisions of the organization charter with the law, including the norms concerning the order of amending the charter and appealing against the decision of the association’s organs. The officials of the justice board also state that as far as the phrase ‘Golden Lion’ is not explained in the charter, the association name contradicts to this document. Continue reading »

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2009 17/11

Ales` Bialacki, Miensk

Ales` Bialacki, Miensk

Vice President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the head of “Viasna” human rights centre Ales Bialiatski has commented to charter97.org website on the decision of the EU to extend and “Freeze” sanctions against Belarusian officials.

“Demands of the EU to the Belarusian authorities are absolutely justified, but it is obvious that the time has come for Minsk to take some more unambiguous steps as an answer to these demands. So far in their talks with the European Union the Belarusian reminds a girl who is making curtseys, bowing, but does no real actions. Continue reading »

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2009 16/11

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has received from the state organs of Belarus explanations concerning the individual communication on behalf of the death convict Vasil Yuzepchuk.

In the information of the Belarusian government it is stated that the communication was illegal as Yuzepchuk hasn’t depleted the national means of defense. It is also stated that at present Yuzepchuk’s petition for clemency is considered by the president. Belarus also refutes the fact of violation of Article 6 of the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (right to life), as the verdict was issued in conformity with the Belarusian legislation. Continue reading »

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2009 16/11

Eastern Partnership Forum

At the forum in Brussels Belarusian civil activists disseminated a statement about rights and freedom violations in our country.

The first session of the Civil Society Forum in the framework of the Eastern Partnership policy of the EU is held in Brussels on November 16-17. The conference is organised by Sweden, the country presiding in the EU, the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). About 240 public associations from 6 partner countries: Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are taking part in the meeting. Continue reading »

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2009 14/11

Amnamnesty International

Amnamnesty International

The human rights organization <i>Amnesty International </i> considers Ihar Koktysh, who is kept in a detention center in Simferopol waiting for the extradition to Belarus, to be a prisoner of conscience.

30-year old Ihar Koktysh is accused by Belarusian prosecutors of committing an intentional murder. He has been in a detention center in Ukraine since 25 June 2007, waiting for the extradition, RFE/RL reports.

Amnesty International called on the Ukraine authorities not to return Ihar Koktysh to Belarus. Continue reading »

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2009 14/11

Сяргей Гоўша, Баранавічы

Siarhei Housha

Finally the human rights defender from Baranavichy Siarhei Housha got an answer to his inquiries to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus about who must implement the decisions of the UN Human Rights Committee.

In particular, Siarhei Housha asked the MFA why the Belarusian state didn’t implement the Committee’s decision concerning the Human Rights Center Viasna and why the state still hasn’t restored his right to association. According to Mr. Housha, if this question is beyond the MFA competency, the officials were obliged to tell to who he must apply.  Continue reading »

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2009 14/11

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs answered the address of human rights defenders concerning the registration of the death convict Vasil Yuzepchuk’s communication by the UN Human Rights Committee.

‘We inform you that the official note of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights concerning the registration of the individual communication on behalf of Yuzepchuk V.L. has been submitted to the competent state organs,’ is stated in the MFA answer, signed by the deputy minister S.Aleinik.  Continue reading »

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2009 14/11

The General Prosecutor’s Office found the activities of Santa Clauses on New Year’s Eve illegal.

The group of Santa Clauses will be brought to responsibility if it will be established that they take systematic part in an unregistered organization, says the letter of the General Prosecutor’s Office.

Bear in mind that on 15 October 15 Belarusian human rights activists dressed as Santa Clauses and Snow Ladies came to the Generals Prosecutor’s Office and handed in a petition where it was stated that all of them were members of the unregistered association of Santa Clauses. Continue reading »

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2009 12/11

Генадзь Каршун, Жодзіна

Генадзь Каршун, Жодзіна

Despite the resumption of Belarusian-language education of Yanka Lapitski, the pressure on his parents in Zhodzina still continues. And, as it can easily be seen, with renewed vigor. Its new direct and active performer is the administration of Gymnasium #1, which apparently was not ready for such a speedy return of the Belarusian-speaking student to the educational institution.

For example, on Monday, 09/11/2009, after the force lost of a whole quarter of studies (due to the action-inaction of officials from Zhodzina and Minsk) by the son of Zhodzina human rights defenders, members of the HRC Viasna, Aliaksei and Sviatlana Lapitskis, Yanka returned to Gymnasium #1. 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 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 06/11

How long and under what conditions it is difficult to say, because so far his parents have not received any written responses to their complaints to Zhodzina executive committee and Gymnasium # 1.

However, the student who was forced to miss an academic quarter, has recently been invited to school # 1 to continue his Belarusian-language studies… 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 05/11

Беларускі Кангрэс Дэмакратычных Прафсаюзаў The Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions filed an unprecedented lawsuit on the elimination of adverse discrimination of members of independent trade unions in the sphere of labor relations.

The lawsuit was filed to Chashniki district court of Vitsebsk oblast for protection of Aliaksei Habryel, leader of the primary unit of the Free trade union of workers of Lukoml hydropower plant, whose labor contract was not extended by the plant administration. Continue reading »

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2009 05/11
Paval Sapielka, Miensk

Paval Sapielka, Miensk

The lawyer Pavel Sapelka joined the campaign Human Rights Defenders against Death Penalty and signed the petition to the Belarusian authorities with the demand to abolish the death penalty in the country.

The death penalty is murder. Manslaughter by a man remains a murder irrespective of the way it is referred to by the state and the society, be it the ‘death penalty’, ‘extreme penalty’ or ‘social justice’ – murder stays murder. A civilized state must admit that the death penalty is a vestige of the past. 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 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 02/11
AAN

The UN

According to a Brest human rights activist Raman Kisliak, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has registered an individual complaint by a For Freedom movement member Inha Abramava. The complaint was submitted on 22 December 2008, after a number of unsuccessful appeals against the activist’s detention in Brest Leninski Police Department Temporary Detention Facility, where the woman was reportedly subjected to sex discrimination, which is prohibited by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Continue reading »

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2009 02/11

Tatsiana Bublikava

The independent journalists Tatsiana Bublikava and Aleh Ryzhkou were detained in Homel.

As the website baj.by reports, the incident took place on 30 October, when the journalists were filming an interview in Homel streets. They asked passers-by their opinions on swine flu epidemic.

As Tatsiana Bublikava said, policemen Maksim Ihnatchyk and Ihar Tarasau came up to them and demanded to show a permit for shooting. Police officers remained unsatisfied with journalist certificates and explanations of the journalists that they were fulfilling the editor’s task and didn’t need a permit to shoot in the place.
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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 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 29/10

The mother of Andrei Zhuk, who was sentenced to death for alleged murder of two persons in February 2009, has submitted an individual complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee, claiming that in the course of the investigation and the trial, a number of provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights were violated, namely the right to life, the right to freedom of torture, the right to individual liberty and personal immunity and the right to a fair trial. 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 26/10

A number of members of the National Parliament of Sweden (Representative of the Swedish Christian Democracy Annelie Enochson, as well as two Liberal People’s Party MPs Cecilia Wigström and Birgitta Ohlsson), which currently holds the EU Presidency, have joined the ‘Stop 193-1!’ campaign, by addressing the Belarusian authorities with a statement demanding to abolish the application of the shameful Article ahead of imposing sanctions against several Belarusian high-rank officials. By doing this, the Riksdag deputies have shown that they possess full and unbiased information on the actual situation in the sphere of the freedom of association in Belarus. Continue reading »

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2009 26/10

On October 22 in Barysau unknown persons beat Young Front members Maxim Akhrymenka and Yury Bahdanovich during collection of signatures in support of the Belarusian language.

“We collected signatures among passers-by together, when four unknown people in plainclothes came near us,” Maxim Akhrymenka said to mfront.net website. “They asked whether we are Young Front members, and when we said yes, they started to beat us”.

As said by the young activist, when police patrol saw the fight, policemen turned around and went the other way. Then people in plainclothes disappeared.

Source: www.spring96.org
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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 24/10

Лідзія Ярмошына, ЦВК

Лідзія Ярмошына, ЦВК


On 20 October during a meeting with President Lukashenka, head of the Central Electoral Committee Mrs. Lidziya Yarmoshyna spoke on the changes to be introduced to the Belarusian electoral legislation. Political parties, whose member wants to run in the election, will not have to possess a regional office within the territory of the respective constituency. Besides, signature sheets will not have to be approved by local authorities before their submission to the Central Electoral Committee. Grounds for denying registration to a candidate will also be reviewed. Apart from that, voter turnout quota will be lifted in the upcoming local elections. However, the quota for presidential and parliamentary elections will be preserved. Continue reading »

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2009 22/10

Bieras'ciejskaja Viasna

Bieras'ciejskaja Viasna

The Brest Viasna human rights organization has been denied state registration for the fourth time, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports quoting local human rights activist and one of Brest Viasna’s leaders Uladzimer Malei.
In its official reply, the General Department of Justice of Brest Regional Executive Committee says that the applicants failed to provide a valid duty payment certificate.
Mr.Malei says they are going to appeal the decision at Brest Regional Court.

Source: www.spring96.org

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2009 22/10
Сяргей Гоўша, Баранавічы

Siarhei Housha, Baranavichy

Baranavichy human rights activist Siarhei Housha has lodged a repeated complaint with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, voicing his opposition to the Ministry’s reply, which named the Optional Protocol as ‘not having a binding effect’ for the parties to the Treaty to implement the conclusions by the UN Human Rights Committee.

In his complaint, the human rights activist stresses that the conclusions by the Committee ARE binding, which is stated in Article 61 of the Belarusian Constitution, securing everyone’s right, under international legal acts, ratified by Belarus, to address international organizations to protect one’s rights and freedoms, in case he or she is unable to find rehabilitation within the national legal system. Continue reading »

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2009 21/10

lvykankamok_mal2By a resolution of the Juvenile Commission … the authorities have taken a five-day time-out to make a decision on the future of the Belarusian-speaking gymnasium pupil Yanka Lapitski, who after a discriminatory decision #928 by the Executive Committee of 09.09.2009 was actually deprived of the right to education in Belarusian Gymnasium #1 in Zhodzina.

On 19/10/2009 the parents of the Belarusian-speaking schoolboy Yanka Lapitski received a letter with an invitation to the meeting of the Juvenile Commission of Zhodzina Executive Committee to consider the future education of their son. After a telephone conversation with Alexei Lapitski, when he requested that they were sent a written invitation to the meeting, a document was served upon them by chairman of the commission and the secretary Natalia Larchanka and Iryna Danilava.  Continue reading »

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2009 18/10

Aliaksei Lapitski

Aliaksei Lapitski

In the context of numerous violations of rights and freedoms in today’s Belarus, steered by the regime through local authorities, law enforcement and judiciary bodies, one can arrive at a conclusion that ‘the decentralization of responsibility’ in suppressing dissenting views and civil activity has already become a smoothly running system.
It is no wonder, for with the presidential election near at hand, more and more official and ‘right’ appeals should be heard. However, ‘clamour’ by the regime’s opponents is well seen in mass media. The regime should have its ‘advocates of power’ among the so called actively prepared, venal and adapted ‘manageable part of the opposition.’ Those who can be bought are being bought today. Those who cannot – are marked as targets for well-planned and sanctioned ‘political cleansings’ – psychological and administrative pressure, intimidation and discriminative persecution. Continue reading »

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2009 16/10

Assembly of Belarusian NGOs

Assembly of Belarusian NGOs

As a result of the meeting held by the Working Group of the Assembly of Belarusian NGOs, 12 new associations became members of the Assembly. The organization now has 276 members.
The civil activists made a progress report on the campaign for the abolition of criminal prosecution for illegal membership in NGOs and political parties – ‘Stop 193-1!’ It was named as one of the priorities of the Belarusian civil society, together with the abolition of the death penalty. As a result, there were some statements on possible abolition of the Article. Still, despite the officials’ promises, the campaign will be continued, unless membership and activities on behalf of an unregistered organization cease being prosecuted, both under the Criminal and Civil Codes of Belarus. Continue reading »

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2009 15/10

sud1On 13 October the Chyhunachny district court of Homel tried 7 pro-democratic activists. As BelaPAN informs, on 16 September 16 oppositionists planned to hold a rally of solidarity with the families of the abducted, but were detained by police on their way to the place where the event was held. As a result, the rally hadn’t taken place.

At the session of the court policemen claimed that all the detained marched along the street in an organized column, and held portraits of the missing Viktar Hanchar and Anatol Krasouski. Activists stated that they were not carrying anything, as the rally was to start on Uprising square. Finally, all the oppositionists were fined for violation of the order of holding mass events. Continue reading »

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2009 15/10

Siarhei Housha

Siarhei Housha

The human rights defenders of Baranavichy seek to stop the disgraceful practice of banning mass actions by the local authorities. Siarhei Housha, Karnei Piatrovich and Viktar Syrytsa prepared an address to the prosecutor’s office of Baranavichy district concerning the ban of a picket to them.

According to Mr. Housha, they are indignant at the very form of the denial: ‘your application for holding a picket in Baranavichy is not in line with the normative acts’. In their address to the prosecutor’s office the human rights defenders point at the fact that the normative acts they allegedly violated weren’t specified in the text of the denial. Besides, the officials exceeded the legal terms for answering. According to the law, the answer was to have been submitted five days before the action, but was submitted just two days prior to it. Continue reading »

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2009 14/10

Uladzimir Katsora

Uladzimir Katsora

On 14 October the head of Homel branch of the For Freedom movement Uladzimir Katsora addressed Homel oblast prosecutor’s office with the demand to instigate a criminal case against the police officers who had drawn up on him deceitful reports following his detention on 16 September. Later Katsora and some other democratic activists of Homel were fined by court on the basis of these documents.

The politician submitted to the head of the Chyhunachny district court of Homel a written refusal to participate in the trial of the administrative case against him. He also received the writ to court for 13 October only on 14 October, by registered mail.  Continue reading »

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2009 13/10

aan1On 12 October 2009 the UN Human Rights Committee registered the individual address of Vasil Yuzepchuk, sentenced to death by Brest oblast court, under number 1906/2009. The appropriate information was received from Geneva office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights by the human rights defender Raman Kisliak.

The Republic of Belarus ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Optional Protocol to it. Thus, Belarus recognized the competence of the UN Human Rights Committee to consider the individual appeals concerning violations of any of the rights enshrined in the Covenant.  Continue reading »

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2009 13/10

amnesty-bigThe Human Rights Center Viasna collected information about the facts of tortures and inhuman treatment of the detained participants of the peaceful actions held on 9 and 16 September 2009. The lawyers also prepared 6 complaints to the Tsentralny district prosecutor’s office of Minsk against the unlawful police actions and questioned some eyewitnesses of the tortures.

On 12 October the compiled materials were directed to the International Federation of Human Rights and will be passed to the OMCT (World Organization against Torture) and the UN Committee against Torture with the assistance of the FIDH representative in Geneva to get an appropriate international reaction. Continue reading »

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2009 12/10

Alaksiej Lapicki

Alaksiej Lapicki

Comments on the recent reply by the Ministry of Education
Human rights activist Aliaksei Lapitski, father of Yanka Lapitski, has provided his comments on the recent reply by the Ministry of Education in the context of Belarusian-language education in Zhodzina.
I was not at all surprised that our complaint against the inaction by Deputy Minister of Education Mr.Faryno was addressed by Mr.Faryna himself. Being unaware of such simple things and ignoring the legislation at this level, in particular the Law on Public Appeals, is real ‘aerobatics.’ Continue reading »

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2009 11/10

Sviatlana Lapickaja

Sviatlana Lapickaja

On 08/10/2009 Yanka Lapitski’s mother was summoned to the office of the ideology department of the company where she works for an hour-long conversation regarding her son’s studies at Gymnasium number 1, where she was blamed for the situation.

As it turned out, possessed by an inspiration against “asocial elements” and being eager to put the “wrong” Belarusian citizens “in place” the officials have made a new “move of the knight”, on the phone – from the office of Director of Studies (Deputy Principal) of Gymnasium number 1 Ludmila Hladkikh straight into the office of the chief ideologist of the Smalevichy enterprise …  Continue reading »

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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 08/10

bialacki_sudOn 6 October the head of the Human Rights Center Viasna Ales Bialiatski and the lawyer Uladzimir Labkovich attended the trial, held on the lawsuit of the president of the Chechen Republic Ahmat Kadyrau for protection of his honor and dignity from the Russian human rights organization Memorial. Bialiatski and Labkovich were present at the trial as observers of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH). Continue reading »

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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
Васіль Грышчанка, Жодзінскі выканкам

Vasyl Hryshchanka, Zhodzina executive committee

On 01.10.2009, the parents of Yanka Lapitski received a response to their latest appeal from the executive committee of Zhodzina. The document was once again signed by the chair of the executive committee Vasil Hryshchanka alone.

According to Aliaksei Lapitski, despite the fact that the letter from Mr. Hryshchanka noted that it was made in response to the applicants’ appeal, there were no specific answers to the questions raised by the Lapitskis. Continue reading »

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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 26/09
Салідарнасьць і ўзаемападтрымка

Solidarity and brotherhood

For attention of data exchange participants: HR defenders, lowers and legal experts …

Two additional new subsections are introduced on the legal portal (see table of contents and related links).

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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 01/09

It is difficult not to notice the signs of national, language and political discrimination. However this unprecedented and legally senseless determination can lead the nomenclature to fall flat on their faces. Continue reading »

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2009 30/08
Таіса Данілеві, Упраўленьне адукацыі Менаблвыканкаму

Taisa Danilevich

She proves it by the necessity of deeper socialization of the Belarusian-speaking teenager.

Home studying or individual form of studying (without taking into consideration that Russian-language or village education is absolutely unacceptable) were suggested as an alternative. Continue reading »

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2009 28/08

Local authorities are clearing the situation, however they are doing this from the position of psychological pressure. On 26 August 2009 Aliaksej Lapitski had a 30-minute conversation with Vital Shulzhyk, a deputy director of Zhodzina education department. The conversation concerned the Belarusian-language education of Janka Lapitski, who’s inherent right on free obligatory general education in Belarusian language in Gymnasia №1 in Zhodzina was violated for two times during the last 4 years by the actions of local authorities. Continue reading »

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2009 23/08

velichkoThe press center of “Church of God” reports that on 19 August 2009 the officials of the ideological department of Zhodzina executive local government bodies together with fire emergency and unidentified police officers made a raid on a private house at Lahojskaja str., which belongs to a bishop of “Church of God” Aliaksandr Vialichka. Continue reading »

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2009 22/08

The officcials started thinking what to do.. As 1 September is coming without any delay.. And then will they be brought to responsibility? Then all of them try to understand what is better to do further.. – to allow or not to allow…, what will be the final order? And what to do in order to remain spotless: either it is better to refer to “bad” executive local government body or to blame those who gave that brutal direction to discriminate Belarusian-language education…? Continue reading »

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2009 22/08

Праваабаронца, Сяргей Гоўша

Siarhej Housha

Human rights defender from Baranavichy Siarhej Housha at last got the documents of registration of his property in the Belarusian language. Starting from March, 2009 he has been striving for his constitutional right on the usage of the Belarusian language in documentation to be realized.

After numerous appeals and claims to various state bodies in June 2009 Mr. Housha at last received a response to his appeal from Belarusian State Committee for the administration of property.

Mr. Housha appealed to the Committee after he had failed to get the documents of registration of his property in the Belarusian language when registering ownership of his parent’s property.

source: www.spring96.org

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2009 22/08
Алег Гулак, страшыня БГК

Aleh Hylah

Belarusian Helsinski Committee (BHC), a registered human rights organization, has made two special appeals to Prosecutor’s office and Ministry of Education in support of interests of the parents of Janka Lapicki, who’s inherent right on free obligatory general education in Belarusian language in Gymnasia №1 in Zhodzina was violated for the second time during the last 4 years by the actions of local authorities. Continue reading »

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2009 22/08

Экспэрт FIHD, Кірыл Карацееў

Kirill Koroteev

Kirill Koroteev, Mission Delegate of the International Federation for Human Rights, has commented on the case of the Human Rights Center Viasna, facing repeated refusals by the state registration bodies, as well as the situation in the field of Belarusian NGOs, in general. Mr.Koroteev attended the consideration of Viasna’s complaint at the Supreme Court on 12-17 August 2009, calling the final verdict a disgrace of Belarusian justice.
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2009 22/08

On 21 August 2009 activists from Homel Andrej Tolchyn, Aliaksandr Protska and Igar Rejzlin lodged a claim to United Nations Human Rights Committee. They repot about restrictions from the Republic of Belarus of their rights to exercise the freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of information.
All the activists protest against judgments, that restrict their freedom of dissemination of information on Charnobyl NPP accident. Continue reading »

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2009 20/08

Герб ПагоняAbsurd continue to take place – there are always enough people’s money on the fight against people.
It is obvious that in Zhodzina region “socialist competition” of law enforcement bodies and nomenclature of Zhodzina and Smaliavichi takes place. The actions are aimed at prosecution of bearers of national consciousness and Belarusian culture, at liquidation of that national consciousness that still remains in the society. Continue reading »

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2009 14/08

The address of representatives of Human Rights Center Viasna with the demand to stop the unlawful persecution of the Belarusian-speaking soldiers including F.Viachorka has been forwarded again – this time to Homel inter-garrison military procuracy. The human rights defenders were officially informed about it by lieutenant-colonel A.Kot, first deputy military prosecutor of Belarus.

Bear in mind that on 27 July the human rights defenders Ales Bialiatski, Valiantsin Stefanovich and Uladzimir Labkovich addressed the defense minister of the Republic of Belarus Leanid Maltsau and the prosecutor general Ryhor Vasilevich with the demand to put an end to the unlawful persecution and pressurization of F.Viachorka who was serving in military unit 48694 in Mazyr, as well as other soldiers who were speaking the Belarusian language.

http://www.spring96.org/en/news/29406/

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2009 12/08

The founders of the civil human rights association Nasha Viasna did not manage to get abolished the decision of the Ministry of Justice on the non-registration.
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2009 12/08

The activist can face a criminal case for membership in an unauthorized organization. Recently he has been served a warning for it. As RFE/RL reports, he was also summoned to the prosecutor’s office for giving evidence.
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