2009 24/01

04_bojelko_oleg_2000-192x.jpgAccording to www.belaruspartisan.org, the former General Prosecutor of Belarus Aleh Bazhelka may soon retake office or be offered the post of head of the Supreme Court. President Lukashenka has had two meetings with Bazhelka lately and is said to be willing to see him among his teammates again.
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2009 22/01

РАбенокOn 15 December Kalinkavichy district court executor in a special letter demanded that United Civic Party activist Dzianis Rabianok pay a BYR 1,500,000 fine awarded to him by Elsk district court for ‘violations of electoral legislation’ in absentia.
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2009 22/01

ОБСЕAmbassador Janez Lenarcic, the Director of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), arrives to Minsk on January 22 to discuss recommendations for improvements to Belarus’ electoral framework. Continue reading »

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2009 21/01

Станіслаў МаркелаўStanislav Markelov, famous Russian lawyer, was assassinated in the center of Moscow on 19 January.

Markelov was member of the Interrepublican Bar and founder of the Institute of the Supremacy of Law. He has provided legal assistance in a number of cases after the violent break-ups of demonstrations in Minsk and worked as an observer in the 2001 presidential election. The lawyer participated in a number of notorious trials of abuses by Russia’s army in Chechnya, crimes against journalists and anti-Fascist activists. Continue reading »

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2009 17/01

1prav_i_2infa_fot.jpgAccording to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, European Parliament has adopted a provisional resolution on the political situation in Belarus.

The resolution mentions a number of positive signs in Belarus’ inner policy: Continue reading »

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2009 14/01

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

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2009 14/01

ААНThe United Nations Human Rights Committee has adopted new procedures for submitting claims by individuals. Continue reading »

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2009 14/01

On 25 December unknown persons damaged protective rollets and defiled them with swastikas in a Navapolatsk-based human rights organization. Human rights activist Zmitser Salauyou addressed Navapolatsk town prosecutor’s office with a demand to investigate the attack, naming it an outrage against public order and an attempt to stir up national hatred by an unknown Navapolatsk neo-Nazi organization.

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2009 07/01

parlam_belarusWe have received a curious document – letters by Mr.Viniarski to the Constitutional Court and the Parliament of Belarus, dealing with the issue that first emerged during the trial when the accused was not allowed to use legal assistance from a human rights activist, which is an outrage against the constitutional right to defend. Continue reading »

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2009 04/01

ЛіставаньніA human rights activist Mikalai Kalinin has addressed the Belarusian Minister of Communications with a request to stop unsealing his personal mail.

Kalinin says he did not receive the letter sent by one of his friends. The letter was posted on 7 December 2008, which was confirmed via e-mail. Continue reading »

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2008 30/12

Маніторныг НДА БеларусіHere’s a monitoring report issued by the Belarusian Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs. The review covers the events in the Belarusian civil society following the release of the critical resolution by the European Parliament in September 2008. We encourage you to freely distribute this information. Continue reading »

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2008 29/12

Alaksiej LapickiWe have received a number of Christmas and New Year greetings, including a letter from a Homel opposition activist Piatro Kuzniatsou and a human rights expert from Zhodzina Aliaksei Lapitski.

In his New Year congratulation, Piatro Kuzniatsou said that ‘despite the fact 2008 was a leap year, which is said to bring bad luck, there hade been a lot of progress in many initiatives.’ He also wished Belausians a real wave of ‘warmth’. Continue reading »

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2008 23/12

Герб ГомеляOn 20 December the Legal Initiative Homel office hosted the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Contest award ceremony.

According to head of the office Leanid Sudalenka, the panel members received numerous essays reflecting various aspects of human rights and freedoms, including their protection and promotion. Preference was given to the works that presented authentic viewpoints on the human rights movement. Continue reading »

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2008 23/12

Прымусовы збор адбіткаў пальцаўBelarusian high police officials say they will have to fingerprint each and every male citizen of Belarus unless the 4 July, 2008 explosion is solved by the investigation. Since www.odsgomel.org keeps receiving evidence of Homel residents being forced to take their fingerprints, the city human rights experts decided to comment on the lawfulness of the action. Continue reading »

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2008 22/12

EuraSUD u StrazbyryWe would like to call your attention to the following material:

On the 28 September 2008, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the extradition of Nikolay Ivanovich Soldatenko to Turkmenistan would constitute a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) as well as a breach of Article 13 (right to an effective remedy) and of Article 5 §1 (f) and §4 (right to liberty and security). Continue reading »

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2008 19/12

Alaksiej LapickiOn 16 December Aliaksei Lapitski, human rights activists from Zhodzina, finally received a reply to his claim to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus #04-04/307 of 11 November, 2008, signed by M.Samaseika. (see attached materials) Continue reading »

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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 12/12

Даклад аб сытуацыі з правамі чалавека ў БеларусіOn December 10, the International Human Rights Day, Belarusian Helsinki Committee released its latest report on the situation in the field of human rights in Belarus in 2007-2008. The Russian version can be found at the BHC web-site , or downloaded here. Continue reading »

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2008 12/12

On 12 December Iuye district court held a repeated trial concerning ‘extremist articles’ in August issue of the unregistered newspaper Svaboda. According to the lawyer Pavel Sapelka, who represented the newspaper’s interests at the trial, the court rejected the suit of Ihar Siarheyenka, head of Hrodna oblast KGB department, as no extremist articles have been found in the issue in question.
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2008 11/12

Дзеці й Усеагульная дэклярацыя …On 10 December a number of festive actions dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were held in Zhodzina. Human rights defenders and civil society activists distributed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the streets, at the procuracy, at the executive committee, at the youth center, at a number of secondary schools, at the check-point of the Belarusian Automobile Plant. In some cases other informational materials were distributed as well. Color posters with description of all articles of the Declaration were presented to officers of the abovementioned state institutions. Continue reading »

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2008 11/12

… правы чалавека!?Celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration in Belarus was marked with mass (and in some cases, quite rude) detentions of human rights defenders and civil activists. Continue reading »

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2008 09/12

Bierazienka_sudThe hearings on the criminal case against Alexander Barazenka at Tsentralny district court came to an end. Procurator Tsikhavets demanded that the accused was sentenced to 18 months of personal restraint without direction to an open prison. Alexander Barazenka did not take the blame. Continue reading »

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2008 09/12

Дэклярацыя - гуманістычны здабытак …December 10 marks the anniversary of the UN Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Continue reading »

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2008 05/12

60 год Усеагульнай дэклярацыі правоў чалавекаOn 10 December the Young Front declares a nationwide hunger-strike to mark the end of the organization’s campaign ‘Communism must be brought to tribunal!’. As the Young Front press service informs, at first the organization intended to finish the anti-communist campaign on 8 December, the day when the USSR dissolved. However, later it was decided to postpone the end of the campaign because of the trial over the political prisoner Alexander Barazenka that will start on 10 December as well. Continue reading »

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2008 04/12

Сяргей ГоўшаAs human rights activist from Baranavichy Syarhei Housha has said that today, a policeman came to his apartment with an intention to search it. He planned to search forbidden literature which allegedly is kept in his apartment. Continue reading »

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2008 19/11

Рыгор ВаіслевічOn 18 November Aliaksei and Sviatlana Lapitskis submitted another complaint to the General Procuracy of the Republic of Belarus, directly to the procurator general, R.A.Vasilevich. Continue reading »

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2008 18/11

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As said to the BelaPAN by Homel human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka, all three answers to the addresses concerning the implementations of the opinions of the UN Human Rights Committee and renewal of the legal status of the ‘Civil initiatives’ in Homel, received from different state instances of Belarus are negative. In particular, in the letter signed by the first deputy minister of foreign affairs Ihar Petryshenka it is said: Continue reading »

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2008 18/11

Kanstytucyja RB i PRAVAThe last convocation of the Belarus’ Parliament was hesitating too long. It stubbornly kept silent, but as a result… it simply decided to keep it to itself… Thus, violating the acting law of the Republic of Belarus About citizen’s applications, it still has given no answer to the address of Aliaksei Lapitski of 23 December 2007, in which the human rights activist applied to the Parliament of the Republic of Belarus as a subject of legal initiative on the proposal of the Constitutional Court. 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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2008 14/11

Дом правоў чалавекаThe Human Rights House in Vilnius organizes the contest for the best photograph illustrating the realization of any human rights or freedom in Belarus. The action is timed to the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As a result of the contest the best photo will be chosen in each nomination, and the author will receive a prize – either a trip to Vilnius for two persons for a weekend, or a certain sum of money. Continue reading »

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2008 14/11

Герб ЖодзінаOn 14 November 2008 the special rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Committee decided to register Kamarouski’s complain. The complaint must also receive an official number. All this will be made soon. Continue reading »

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2008 13/11

КПЧ ААН, ЖэнэваAccording to odsgomel.org, a United Pro-dem Forces activist Marya Tulzhankova has sent a claim to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Committee, with a view to protect her right to free dissemination of information. Continue reading »

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2008 11/11

Судовае рашэньне і …On 10 November 2008 Aliaksei Lapitski received by mail the decision of the cassation instance, the College Board of Minsk city court, dated 23 October 2008 concerning his private lawsuit of 21 September 2008. Continue reading »

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2008 11/11

Уладзімер Кацора (Гомель)Uladzimir Katsora, Homel activist of the democratic forces, has received answers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice and the Constitutional Court of Belarus to his inquiry concerning the restoration of the legal status of the NGO ‘Civil Initiatives’.

Mr. Katsora directed his appeal to the abovementioned state organs in October 2008. ‘Civil Initiatives’ was liquidated by Homel oblast court in 2003. Three years later the UN Human Rights Committee confessed that the organization was liquidated unlawfully, with violation of the freedom of association, and therefore was to be restored. Continue reading »

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2008 11/11

… - справа дабраахвотнаяRecently two workers of a private firm have been fingerprinted by the local police. However, having found that fingerprinting is a voluntary procedure, they addressed a district police department concerning the illegal activities of the police officers.
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2008 11/11

Зміцер ЖалезьнічэнкаZmitser Zhaleznichenka, a former student of Homel State University, now soldier of transport forces in Zhlobin, has addressed the UN Human Rights Committee with a complaint. Continue reading »

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2008 09/11

Цыганы - самыя прыгнечаныя ў Расеі …The Romani people are still the most humiliated ethnic minority in the Russian federation, said the CE Commission against Racism and Intolerance members, while presenting their report on Russian interethnic relations in Moscow. Continue reading »

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2008 08/11

Іван ШылаJudge Volha Prakapovich turned down the lawsuit of Ualdzimir Shyla concerning the illegality of expulsion of his son, Ivan Shyla, from Salihorsk secondary school #4. Continue reading »

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2008 08/11

Наперад - у мінулае!?This article appeared as a reaction to the information of Radio ‘Liberty’ about politically motivated discrimination expulsion from secondary school #4a of a pupil Ivan Shyla. See either http://by.prava-by.info/archives/395#respon or http://licviny.info/archives/976 for more details. Continue reading »

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2008 06/11

Грамадзянін і сьледзтваHere we propose to your attention the book that is dedicated to various aspects of defense of human rights of people during criminal investigation against them. Bear in mind that in authoritarian regimes such investigation can be often used as an instrument of pressurization and intimidation for active civil position or opposition-mindedness. Continue reading »

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2008 06/11

Барыс ЗвозскаўHere is an article provided by the human rights expert Barys Zvozskau. Bearing in mind recent events concerning the freedom of religion in Russia, including information on religious persecution of Old Believers and their appeal for legal assistance, the article appears to be extremely topical, since it deals with a European approach to the exercise of this vital element of the concept of human rights, i.e. freedom of consciousness. Continue reading »

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2008 04/11

Specnaz na mirnym shodzieSiarhei Shytsikau, judge of Tsentralny district court of Homel, turned down the lawsuit of Piatro Kuzniatsou, Andrei Tolchyn, Alexander Protska and Natallia Shchukina against the prohibition of pickets by the city authorities. The plaintiffs intended to hold these pickets in September, during the agitation state of the election to the parliament. By means of such actions the civil activist intended to explain their position to the electorate and agitate against the pro-regime candidates who were running for their second term at the parliament. Continue reading »

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2008 04/11

Prastytucyja - naukolaAccording to BelaPAN, on November 4 Brest human rights activists addressed the president with a proposition to report out the bill on administrative prosecution for prostitution.

The amendment introduced by the Ministry of Internal Affairs was passed by the House of Representatives on October 20 and approved by the Council of the Republic on October 22. It is now awaiting approval by the president. Continue reading »

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2008 04/11

Суд Цэнтральнага раёну (Гомель)The hearing of the suit mounted by a number of Belarusian civil activists, including P.Kuzniatsou, A.Tolchyn, A.Protska and N.Shchukina, due on October 31 was postponed. Continue reading »

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2008 01/11

Ikony staraverau, Vietka (Belarus)The editorial board of the Belarusian Legal Portal (by.prava-by.info) learned about the appeal for support in distribution of information concerning facts of violation of rights and freedoms of Russian citizens. Continue reading »

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2008 30/10

АдукацыяThe contest is aimed at support of educational projects and initiatives of pedagogues, educators and parents. The project terms are: November 2008 – September 2009. The projects can be implemented in different forms, such as the work of youth clubs, meetings, trainings for students, colleagues, local dwellers, organization of research works, elaboration of training aids, etc. Continue reading »

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2008 24/10

Mihal Pastuhoǔ (Biełarus`)Here is an expert’s report by J.D. Professor Mikhail Pastukhou, Honoured Lawyer of the Republic of Belarus and ex-Chaiman of the Constitutional Court, concerning Barys Zvozskau’s Constitutional claim. Continue reading »

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2008 22/10

BierascieOn 1 July a group of members of the NGO ‘Stary Horad’ (liquidated by the Belarusian authorities) addressed the UN Human Rights Committee with individual complaints. Continue reading »

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2008 22/10

BierascieAn activist of the ‘For Freedom’ movement Raman Kisliak addressed Brest city executive committee for authorization of the ‘March of petty hooligans’, which he intended to hold on 30 July. According to the human rights activist, the aim of this action was to draw the public attention to the demands to stop the arrests of democratic activists on false accusations in petty hooliganism. Continue reading »

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2008 21/10

Milicyja j pravaThe workers of the budget sector seem to be lacking money, as they are going to take more of it from common folk after introduction of prepayment for ‘law-enforcement services’. As a result the rights, guaranteed by the Constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (particularly, article 19 and 21) will become accessible only in the case of payment for the police services. Then, maybe one soon will have to pay them even for coming to the place of a crime?! For more details see a material from Homel. Continue reading »

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2008 20/10

Дзень правоў чалавекаOn October 20, the Legal Initiative Homel office announced the beginning of an essay contest dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The contest is meant for schoolchildren and university students of Homel, willing to write works covering the subjects of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in everyday life and human rights in Belarus. Continue reading »

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2008 19/10

BGKIn the afternoon of 6 October the road policemen of Stoubtsy district police department stopped the car of the deputy chairperson of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Tatsiana Hatsura on the highway Brest-Minsk. Continue reading »

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2008 18/10

KODEKSThe United Democratic Forces have established a working group for elaboration of amendments and supplements to the Electoral and the Criminal Codes, informs the web-site ucpb.org Continue reading »

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2008 18/10

ADSHomel Savetski Borough Prosecutor’s Office admits a brutal violation of the electoral legislation by the borough officials. Continue reading »

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2008 18/10

Alaksiej Łapicki, ŽodzinaThe issue under analysis is still topical, having a definitely practical meaning in the light of the recent events and the post-election resolution by the Council of Europe. The article deals with the issues having an enormous practical significance for the democratization of the society.

Their solution could be a step towards the international community, aimed at the creation of a renewed reputation of Belarus as a sensible and predictable partner, committed to the international standards in the field of civil and political rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in particular.

Thus, to be or not to be: that is the question!

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2008 17/10

Магілеўскі праваабарончы цэнтарThe editorial board received for publication document #9, ‘On violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights’ that was issued by Mahiliou Human Rights Center on 3 June 2008. Continue reading »

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2008 17/10

Leanid Sudalenka (Homiel)‘I undertake a commitment to the people of the Republic of Belarus … in good faith and without bias to protect the constitutional order and the supremacy of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus’ (excerpt from the oath taken by the judges of the Constitutional Court)

There is no denying the fact that the judicial system of Belarus is stagnant. The Constitutional Court has faced serious problems while executing justice. On the one hand, the Court should revere the supremacy of the Constitution, on the other hand … well, first things first. Continue reading »

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2008 14/10

Ambasadar FRG u MienskuOn 14 October the Embassy of Germany suddenly and without any explanations refused to issue Schengen visas to well-known Belarusian human rights activists and journalists Uladzimir Labkovich, Alena Laptsionak and Siarhei Sys. Continue reading »

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2008 12/10

Valancin Stefanovič (Miensk)Lawyer and human rights defender Valiantsin Stefanovic comments on a number of suits filed by Hrodna KGB asking to recognize that the seized printed editions are of extremist nature:

“We observe unprecedented processes when the regional Committee for State Security (KGB) appeals to court under the Code of Civic Procedures, asking to recognize the legal fact that some printed editions are extremist. Among the editions on their list there is the Chronicle Review of Human Rights Violations in Belarus”, published by Viasna in 2004. According to the plaintiffs, it contains pictures from the rallies of anti-Belarusian nature: the Freedom Day, the Chernobyl March, Ancestors’ day, and others. The KGB also thinks the Review contains calls to overthrow the regime in an unconstitutional way. Continue reading »

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2008 02/10

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IN THE LAST ANSWER TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS FROM ZHODZINA THE HEAD OF THE CENTRAL ELECTION COMMISSION LIDZIYA YARMOSHYNA COSCIENTLY AVOIDS SPEAKING OF EVIDENT VIOLATIONS OF THE ELECTION CODE OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS. THERE’S NO USE MENTIONING THE INTERNATIONAL ELECTORAL STANDARDS HERE… SUCH STANDARDS DON’T EXIST FOR BELARUS. THERE ARE SOME IDEOLOGICAL HORRORS AND INSINUATIONS ABOUT THEM, BUT THERE IS NO REAL UNDERSTANDING AND NO POLITICAL WILL FOR THEIR IMPLEMENTATION. HOWEVER, IT’S HIGH TIME THAT ALL INTERNATIONAL UNDERTAKINGS, INCLUDING THE UNDERTAKINGS IN THE POLITICAL SPHERE, BE IMPLEMENTED.
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2008 02/10

Vasil Palakou (Homiel)Immediately after the results of the election were made public, it became clear that there was no use hoping for any changes. The authorities’ flirting with Europe could have ruined the plans of the pro-democratic coalition, but the actual state of affairs was the evidence of the government’s unwillingness to tolerate any democratic reform of the election procedures.

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2008 29/09

Выбарчы марафон завершаны - фокуснік задаволены вынікамMinsk, September 29th, 2008

Elections to the Chamber of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, 4th convocation.
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2008 10/09

Аляксей Лапіцкі, 2007What runs the show in Belarusian courts: ideological expediency or the Law?

A number of Zhodzina human rights activists have submitted a claim to the Un Human Rights Committee to protect their civil and political rights.

The UN office in Belarus has considered the claim and submitted it for the further consideration of the Geneva-based Human Rights Committee.

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2008 20/08

Аляксей Лапіцкі, 2007‘Legal opportunities and obstacles on the way of implementing international and constitutional law in the Belarusian civil and criminal legal proceedings.’

Some would say the possibility of implementing the legal instruments of international and constitutional law in the Belarusian judiciary is nothing but a joke, for it really seems to be pure fantasy or fairy-tales…

As a matter of fact, some experts think that the legal sphere dealing with civil rights and freedoms is, for today’s Belarus, rather an ideological than a legal issue – it is normally viewed through the lenses of ideological expediency and the absolute authority of the executive power. Meanwhile, judges are perceived as appointed pro-government officials… Continue reading »

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2008 07/06

Алесь Бяляцкі_On Friday, 23 May 2008 three KGB officers suddenly burst into the apartment of Leanid Svetsik, human rights activist from Vitsebsk. They showed to him the ruling of the prosecutor’s office for initiation of criminal proceedings under Article 130.1 of the Criminal Case of the Republic of Belarus (fomentation of national and religious enmity). According to this ruling, Mr. Svetsik is considered a witness in the case of threats to certain citizens from the side of the underground neo-Nazi organization Russian National Unity (RNE). Continue reading »

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2008 09/04

Кася Салаўёва8 April in the evening at the town exit of Polatsk the road police stopped the car with the youth activists, members of the Young Front and the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party Liudvisia Atakulava, Valery Matskevich, Dzianis Sadouski, Aliaksei Shein and Pavel Sitnik. During the detention the policemen told that the chair of Polatsk town police department had some questions to them.  Continue reading »

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2008 23/03

_dzv_02.jpgThe unprecedented trial that is about to commence in Zhodzina is likely to turn into an ambiguous and highly complicated venture. A number of local human rights activists lodged a claim against several plainclothes policemen, who disturbed public order and violated the rights of Zhodzina residents during the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Belarusian People’s Republic on 23 March, 2008. The victims include journalist Dzianis Borykau and the BPF’s local office leaders Sviatlana and Aliaksei Lapitskis. Continue reading »

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2008 16/01

Vasil PaliakouWhen speaking about restricting human rights, one always runs the risk of feeling alerted and anxious. Human rights are a universal value and any restriction of these rights may undermine the essence of the value. However, according to the famous Polish human rights activist Marek Novicky, as far the European law is concerned, such anxiety is groundless, since restrictions are a fact and they should exist, but their amount and manifestation is to be carefully controlled. [4, 22-23]

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2008 16/01

Vasil PaliakouIn autumn 2006 the UN Human Rights Committee condemned the decision by the Belarusian authorities to close down the Homel Regional Public Association ‘Civil Initiatives’ and called upon the government of Belarus to rehabilitate its rights. As yet, things appear to be where they started.
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