2010 19/10
У.Кацора і Л.Судаленка

U.Katsora and L.Sudalenka, Homel

Human right activist Leanid Sudalenka who prepared an application to UN HR Committee told BelaPAN that the committee recognized the fact that Belarus violated civil rights of Homiel human right activist, member of United Civil Party (UCP) Uladzimier Katsora.
This information was in the document which Katsora received from the UN HR Committee on October18.

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2010 15/10
Правы Альянс

Pravy Aljans

The organization registered as “informative-consulting establishment” was accused of non-statutes activity.

Chairman of the organization Yury Karetnikau told BelaPAN that Minsk Economic Court adopted the decision to liquidate informative-consulting establishment “Pravy Alyans”.
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2010 13/10
Вясна, Бярэсьце

Viasna, Бiarescie

On 12 October the Brest Regional Court left standing the verdict of the Brest City Court supporting the non-registration of the Brest regional human rights organization Brestskaya Viasna by the justice bureau of the Brest Regional Executive Committee.
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2010 13/10
Яўген Пугач, Смалявічы

Jauhen Puhach, Smalavichy

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered the individual communication of the Smaliavichy civil activist Yauhen Puhach concerning the violation of his right to peaceful assemblies and freedom of expression by the local authorities. The official Minsk has six months to submit to the Committee its commentaries on this case.
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2010 12/10
Суд ...

Court ...

The Economic Court of Minsk has sustained the case of Minsk city executive committee to liquidate registration of “Forward Movement”, which director is Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu.

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2010 12/10
Aкрэсьціна, Менск

Akrescina, Меnsk

Праваабаронца Сяргей Усьцінаў паведаміў, што Ігар Чапіга, які выйшаў на волю па справе аб падпале Цэнтру ізаляцыі правапарушальнікаў, адсядзеўшы агулам 9 сутак у ІЧУ, падаў скаргі ў пракуратуру й суд на неналежныя ўмовы ўтрыманьня ў ізалятары. (далей – правапіс першакрыніцы)The human rights defender Siarhei Ustsinau stated that the suspect in an attack on the delinquents’ isolation center in Akrestsin Street who had spent 9 days in the pre-trial prison applied to the procuracy with a complaint in connection with improper conditions of detention.

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2010 11/10
Mіхал Maрыніч

Mikhal Marynich

The UN Human Rights Committee admitted that tortures had been used against Mikhail Marynich.

Mr. Marynich, a former minister of foreign economic affairs, former ambassador of Belarus to Latvia, participant of the 2001 presidential campaign, managed to gain justice after 6-year struggle.

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2010 10/10
Акцыі 10.10.2010, Жодзіна

Акцыі 10.10.2010, Жодзіна

On October 10 in Zhodzina local human right activists organized several information initiatives coinciding with World Day Against the Death Penalty (see photos).

In the beginning of the initiative, at 12:00, Zhodzina activists wearing T-shirts with “Say NO to Death Penalty” visited Youth centre and handed out information materials to the centre’s administrative. They also visited youth café and left leaflets, stickers and posters there (see photo 1-7).

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2010 27/09
U. Khilmanovich

U. Hilmanovich

On September 23 the trial must have taken place over the well-known scientist, professor Ales Astrousky, his wife Aksana and public human right activist and journalist Uladzimier Hilmanovich. Administrative cases have been initiated against them for organizing picketing in front of executive committee’s building on September 2 for defense of Belarusian-speaking education. Continue reading »

2010 20/09
ААН

UN

Every day at the session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Every day criticism against Belarusian authorities is heard at the session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
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2010 20/09
Уладзімер Хільмановіч

U. Khilmanovich

Uladzimir Khilmanovich and Ales Astrouski demanded the authorities to grant a constitutional right to their children to study in Belarusian.
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2010 20/09
zajcau-sud

L.Sudalenka and І.Zaitsau

Today, on 20 September, Judge Maryna Damnenka of Homel Tsentralny Court fined Ivan Zaitsau, activist of the Young Belarus opposition movement, BYR 1,750,000 for alleged disorderly conduct and failure to obey the police.
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2010 20/09
asamblejanda22

On 23 September the 15th session of the UN Human Rights Council is expected to approve the final text of the Universal Periodic Review. Meanwhile, the Belarusian government has not taken any steps to improve the country’s human rights record.
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2010 18/09
Ales Bialacki

Ales Bialacki

In Belarus erroneous working conditions are created for independent mass media, especially on the eve of presidential elections. Vice president of International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the chairman of unregistered Human Right centre “Viasna” Ales Bialiatsky talked about it on September 16 at the press conference devoted to the beginning of campaign “Human right defenders for free elections”. Continue reading »

2010 15/09

Заява On 15 September, the Assembly of Belarusian Pro-Democratic NGOs issued a special statement, predicting a new wave of political repressions against the country’s civil society ahead of the forthcoming presidential election.
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2010 15/09
Prysud

The democratic activist from Salihorsk Andrei Tychyna was fined 1,225,000 rubles (about $) for handing out the newspapers My I Rynak and Hazeta Niakliayeva with the logo of the Speak Truth campaign at the Salihorsk town market on 31 August.
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2010 14/09
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Human rights activists demand from the Belarusian authorities to guarantee security of Belarusian oppositional journalists.
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2010 14/09
chalezin100913

Mіkalai Khalezin

The head of the Free Theater was threatened after the publication of his article about Aleh Biabenin’s death.

The threat appeared in Mikalai Khalezin’s blog. Anonymous authors threaten to beat him up in the porch of his house or fake a traffic accident.
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2010 13/09
patrylnyja

Freedom - under a ban ... ?!

The traditional festival dedicated to the important historical date – the victory of Orsha in 1514 troops of the Grand Duchy of Moscow, was scheduled for 12 September this year. 8 September, the day of the battle, is celebrated as the Day of the Belarusian military glory by the opposition.
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2010 13/09
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Today in Homiel Central district Court a session of “Maladaya Belarus” representative Ivan Zaitsev took place. He was arrested by militia on Saturday night of September 11 during Town Day celebration. Continue reading »

2010 10/09
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Mr. Tsitsiankou, Deputy Chairperson of the Minsk City Executive Committee, thinks that such actions will hinder the movement of pedestrians.
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2010 10/09
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On September 10 in Minsk the representatives of Belarusian public community presented monitoring of how the situation in Belarus developed from November, 2008 till September, 2010. (further – orthography of primary sources) Continue reading »

2010 08/09
buhel

Barys Buhiel, Mahileu

Mahiliou human right center lodged an appeal for decision of regional economic court.
According to this decision non-governmental organization must pay to community services of Mahiliou Lenin district 13 millions 658 thousands rubles rent debt. (further – orthography of primary source) Continue reading »

2010 07/09
Асамблея НДА Беларусі

Belarusian Non-Governmental Organizations Assembly which consists of almost 280 public organizations accepted appeal about the disunity situation in democratic political circles on the eve of presidential campaign. Continue reading »

2010 06/09
Алег Бябенін

Аleh Biabienin

Aleh Biabenin – public activist, journalist, creator and chief of the civil campaign charter97.org, adherent and fighter for Belarus’s democratic and European choice, became victim in undeclared war for European dignity.
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2010 06/09
Алег Бябенін

Аleh Biabienin

The journalist Aleh Biabenin, one of the founders and leaders of the civil campaign Charter’97, was found hanged at 5.30 p.m. on 3 September in his summer cottage not far from Minsk.

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2010 03/09
Эўрапейскі суд, Стразбур

Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has warned France against deporting a Belarusian oppositionist to his home country, for fear of bad treatment in Belarus.
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2010 03/09
Пікет супраць дыскрымінацыі, Гародня

On 2 September, Professor Aliaksandr Astrouski, his wife Aksana and their children came to Lenin Square in Hrodna and unfurled banners with slogans in front of the windows of the city executive committee. Continue reading »

2010 30/08
Salidarnasc

Salidarnasc, Miensk

Today, on August 30, the International Day of the Disappeared is being marked across the world.

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2010 30/08
Jaraslau Bernikovich

Jaraslau Bernikovich

Yaraslau Bernikovich, activist of the For Freedom opposition movement and member of the BPF party, was forced to provide explanations on the recent Larysa Heniuyush memorial festival held in the town of Hlybokaye, Vitsebsk region, and officially banned by the local authorities, Radio Racyja reports. Continue reading »

2010 30/08
Раман Кісьляк, Бярэсьце

Raman Kislak, Biarescie

Brest police detained Raman Kisliak, activist of the For Freedom opposition movement, as he was distributing leaflets ‘It should not happen again!”, featuring information on forced disappearances in Belarus, Aliaksandr Milinkevich’s press-service reports.
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2010 29/08

dsdshomel

Valia Layeuskaya reports in her article “Homiel “For Belarus without Lukashenka” (Radio Racyja) about a successful out-of-court defense of the right to freedom of expression. Continue reading »

2010 27/08
Ю.Варонежцаў, Гомель

Yury Varoniezhtsau, Homel

On August 25 Homiel Central court started issuing Larysa Varoniezhtsava’s complaint to investigation department of Homiel Regional Executive Committee’s Internal Affairs Directorate. Public activist Yury varoniezhtsau’s wife demands recovery of property and money – $4700 to her and her children.
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2010 25/08
Uladzimer Vialichkin, Bierascie

Uladzimer Vialichkin

Uladzimir Vialichkin and Uladzimir Malei, co-founders of the Brest Viasna human rights association, have addressed the city’s justice department with a statement, demanding to reverse the 20 August court verdict, denying state registration to the HR group.
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2010 25/08
Хрыстафор Жэляпаў, Віцебск

Khrystafor Zheliapau, Vitsiebsk

Vitsebsk Chyhunachny Court acquitted Khrystafor Zheliapau, activist of the For Freedom movement, previously charged with alleged illegal distribution of opposition periodicals, Aliaksandr Milinkevich’s press-service reports. Continue reading »

2010 25/08
Volha Karach, Vitsebsk

Volha Karach, Vitsebsk

Belarusian human rights defender Volha Karach has been awarded the international Radebeuler Couragepreis, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

The Radebeuler Couragepreis is named after the German town of Radebeul, a suburb of Dresden, where an armistice was signed in 1645 putting an end to the devastating Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648), one of Europe’s first major interstate armed conflicts. Continue reading »

2010 24/08
Akrescina, Miensk

Akrescina, Miensk

The issue of receiving food parcels by civil convicts is beyond the mainstream of public consciousness, says human rights activist Siarhei Ustsinau, quoting Stanislau Daniliuk, judge of the Constitutional Court of Belarus.
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2010 24/08
Raman Kisliak

Raman Kislak

The court of the Leninski district of Brest returned the materials of the administrative case of the human rights activist Raman Kisliak back to the police on August 24, informs BelaPAN.

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2010 24/08
С.Хурскайнэн

S.Hurskainen

The abolishment of the capital punishment is the main but not the only reason for returning the status of a special invitee to Belarus in PACE. The PACE reporter on Belarus Sinikka Hurskainen has informed about it.
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2010 20/08
Milicyja ...?!

Police ...?!

On 18 August, Vasil Paliakou, chair of UCP Homel regional office, was officially charged with arbitrariness during the 26 July rally marking the 20th anniversary of Belarusian independence. The police say other participants of the event will be prosecuted under civil procedures.

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2010 13/08
Міхась Пашкевіч

Mihas Pashkievich

Minsk Maskouski Court fined Mikail Pashkevich, activist of the ‘Havary Praudu’ civil campaign, BYR 1,400,000 for staging an unauthorized rally on the International Youth Day, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.
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2010 09/08
M.Аўтуховіч

M.Autuhovich

Pavel Sapelka, a lawyer, informed that because of the prison administration one more attempt to visit a dentist Mikalai Autukhovich failed.
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2010 06/08
ANN

UN

Leaders of Belarusian opposition have addressed the UN Security Council with a request to conduct an international investigation of abductions of well-known Belarusians.

On Wednesday the appeal was sent to Foreign Ministers of the permanent members of the UN Security Council – China, Russia, the Great Britain, France and the US. The full text of the address follows.
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2010 04/08
Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Leanid Sudalienka, Homel

Freedom of expression is a basis of political rights fixed in article 19 of Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. This inherent right includes the right to keep to an opinion, search for, get and distribute different information and ideas despite state borders – orally, in writing, printed or via artistic ways of expression or any other ways chosen by a person. Continue reading »

2010 02/08
Мікалай Кулеш, Менск

Мikalai Кulesh, Меnsk

Higher educational officials act as if nothing happened after they have violated Zhodzina Belarusian-speaking teenager’s right to education. It’s been almost a year since Yanka Lapitsky forcedly hasn’t been getting education in the only gymnasium in the region – Gymnasium #1.

But everything looks good on paper. In the official reply of the head of Minsk Education department Mr. Kulesh to the head of TBM (Belarusian Language Association) n.a F.Skaryna Aleh Trusau, Mr. Kulesh even tries to convince Mr. Trusau that Zhodzina problem doesn’t exist. Continue reading »

2010 02/08
ABSE

OSCE

On 30 July, Dunja Mijatovich has delivered her first report at the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna. In the report on two dozens of the OSCE participating States, to which Mijatovich addressed with different questions concerning freedom of mass media, Belarus is mentioned as well, Radio Svaboda informs.
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2010 30/07
Ales Ramanovich, Pinsk

Ales Ramanovich, Pinsk

30.07.2010. Tags: administrative trials, Belarusian Popular Front, mass media, For Freedom, fines, search.

The trial of the administrative case of a member of the Belarusian Popular Front and the For Freedom movement Ales Ramanovich was postponed to 10 a.m. on 10 August. Yesterday, the Pinsk Town and District Court started reviewing the case after the earlier verdict had been reversed by the Brest Region Court. Continue reading »

2010 29/07
Amnesty International

Amnesty International

Amnesty International has welcomed the release of a conscientious objector in Belarus who had been sentenced to one year in prison for “evading military service”. Continue reading »

2010 27/07
Васіль Палякоў, Гомель

Vasil Palakou, Homel

On 26 July the Homel police detained Vasil Paliakou, Chairperson of the Homel regional organization of the United Civil Party, Yury Hlushakou, first Deputy Chairperson of the Green Party, a civil activist Larysa Shchyrakova, a member of the Belarusian Popular Front Valery Repnin and a representative of the Human Rights Center Viasna, Anatol Paplauny.
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2010 23/07
pravasuddze22

On 23 July the panel of judges on criminal cases of the Homel Region Court headed by Judge Liudmila Hrynko, amnestied Yauhen Yakavenka, a member of the Belarusian Christian Democracy , conscientious objector to the military service. Continue reading »

2010 23/07
pravy-alians

The Minsk City Executive Committee banned an unregistered organization Right Alliance to hold a picket near the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Minsk on 27 July, the day when of the Declaration of the Sovereignty of the Republic of Belarus. Continue reading »

2010 21/07

Article 40 of the Belarusian Constitution vests every Belarusian citizen with a right to appeal to public bodies which are obliged to consider the appeal and give an answer on the merits. The Constitutional Court is no exception; its primary duty is to uphold the constitutional guarantees of everyone. Continue reading »

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2010 20/07

The municipality of the Italian city of Genoa granted the status of honorary citizen to Ales Bialiatski, Chairperson of the Human Rights Center Viasna. The Italian society expressed thereby its concern with the situation of human rights in Belarus, particularly the use of the death penalty, restriction of the freedom of the media and civil and political rights. Continue reading »

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2010 20/07
bulbash

More than a year Vitsiebsk human right activist Valery Misnikau and public activist Siarhey Kavalenka have been trying to force the winery “Dionis” (JLLC WP “Dionis”) to stop producing and realizing alcoholic beverage under the trade mark “BULBASH” on the territory of Belarus. Valery considers that the name of the liquor is a disrespectful and offensive nickname which humiliates national honor, Belarusian culture and also carries a hint of inferiority. Continue reading »

2010 19/07

On 13 July, the Chyhunachny District Procuracy of Vitsebsk started a check-up of the materials concerning a Vitsebsk activist Siarhei Beliazeka that were received from the Presidential Administration.

Mr. Beliazeka is suspected of violating Article 368 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, ‘insult of president’, that envisages up to two years of imprisonment. Continue reading »

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2010 17/07

At a meeting of Belarusian human rights defenders there arose a discussion concerning the appropriateness of submitting individual complaints to the UN Human Rights Committee, taking shape in two main approaches – pessimistic and optimistic. Without denying the usefulness of the protection instrument in general, the pessimists argued that the Committee’s ability is extremely limited, the cases are long, besides the government of Belarus considers the decisions not binding. Accordingly, there is no need to resort extensively to the filing of complaints to the UN Human Rights Committee and to use this mechanism only in exceptional cases. Continue reading »

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2010 15/07

The Belarusian authorities must bring the defamation articles of the Penal Code in line with the international standards of press freedom and freedom of expression. The appeal by human rights defenders was made today at the roundtable “The situation in the media space of Belarus on the eve of the presidential campaign: Realities and Prospects”. Continue reading »

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2010 15/07

On 12 July, human rights defender Siarei Ustsinau lodged with the Leninski District Court of Minsk a claim against the Presidential Administration in connection with the enforcement of Decree #60. According to the activist, some provisions of this decree violate the right to privacy. Continue reading »

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2010 14/07

Court of Homel

On 12 July, the Tsentralny District Court of Homel considered the lawsuit of the Homel human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka against the ban imposed by the Homel City Executive Committee on over 30 pickets that the activists planned to hold in the most populous places of the city on 1 June in order to mark the International Children’s Day. Continue reading »

2010 09/07
Stefan Fule

Stefan Fule

There’s no information what the EU Commissioner and Lukashenka discussed behind closed doors, but Stefan Fule made some principal statements at a press conference. Continue reading »

2010 08/07
Юры Варонежцаў

Yury Varonezhtsau, Homel

Ryhor Dzmitrenka, Chairperson of the Tsentralny District Court of Homel, returned without consideration the lawsuit that had been filed by the civil and political activist Yury Varonezhtsau against the Police Department of the Homel Region Executive Committee and advised the plaintiff to apply to procuracy. Continue reading »

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2010 08/07
Асамблея НДА Беларусі

NGO Assembly

“Eastern partnership traveling map for Belarus” conference of National Forum took place in Minsk on July 5-6. Representatives of more than 100 public organizations took part in this Forum. Continue reading »

2010 07/07
Зьміцер Завадзкі

Dzmitry Zavadski

10 years ago, on 7 July 2000, the Belarusian TV cameraman Dzmitry Zavadski went missing. In the morning he drove to the National airport Minsk to meet his colleague, journalist Pavel Sharamet, and has never been seen ever since. His car was found in the airport. Continue reading »

2010 07/07
Ales Bialacki, Miensk

Ales Bialacki, Miensk

Today it has been already 10 years since Dmitry Zavadsky, “ORT” cameraman, disappeared. Human right defender Ales BIALIATSKY in his interview to Euramost.org tells that this case “doesn’t have period of limitation and that international society will investigate the problem until the truth is found”. Continue reading »

2010 02/07
Жан-Эрык Хольцапфэль

Jean-Eric Holzapfel

The main priority in work of representative of European Union is “to see Belarus as a full member of European policy of neighborliness and Eastern partnership”, – announced the head of the representative Jean-Eric Holzapfel in the interview to the First Channel of Belarusian television. (further – orthography of the primary source) Continue reading »

2010 01/07
Міжнародная арганізацыя

In 2009 rating Belarus got 6,50 points which is 0,07 points less than in 2008. The organization assigns evaluation from 1 to 7 points (from the best to the worst) according to the following criteria: electoral rights, development of public society, freedom of mass media, democracy of central authorities, court independence and corruption. Continue reading »

2010 30/06
Міжнародная арганізацыя

The survey studies the human rights situation and democracy in 29 states of Eastern Europe and former Soviet bloc, AFN reports. Continue reading »

2010 30/06
Натальля Радзіна, Менск

Natalia Radzina, Charter'97

Journalist Natalia Radzina who runs Charter’97 web site has been summoned for interrogation to investigators at Minsk City Prosecutor’s Office on July 1, reports Radio Svaboda. Continue reading »

2010 30/06
Суд адбыўся, Магілёў

Lawsuit of Lidzia Sahidulina stopped by Vitsebsk Railway district court was unproved and lawsuit of Halina Bahdanava had no elements of offence. Continue reading »

2010 30/06
Суд адбыўся, Магілёў

Orsha Town Court dismissed civil proceedings against local activist Ruslan Kanavalau, previously charged with alleged illegal distribution of printed materials outside the town’s railway station back on 30 April, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports. Continue reading »

2010 29/06
Куляшоў, Менск

Аnatol Кulashou, Мiеnsk

During a press conference of Minister of Internal Affairs of Belarus, Anatol Kuliashou, journalists complained about the abusive conduct of policemen during mass actions, when policemen prevent press photographers and cameramen to perform their professional duties. Continue reading »

2010 24/06
Міжнароднае права правоў чалавеку ...

International low of Human Rights ...

A new periodical devoted to human rights appeared in Belarus. This is a theoretical and practical and informational journal. It is considered that this journal would be interesting for many of those who work with this issue and take interest in international law of human rights, issues of implementation of corresponding international standards of law into national legislation and judicial practice. Continue reading »

2010 18/06
AAN

On 19 May 2010, the UN Human Rights Committee registered a complaint submitted by two Brest activists of the ‘For Freedom’ movement, Aliaksandr Milinkevich’s press-service reports.
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2010 15/06
Анатоль Паплаўны, Гомель

Anatol Paplauny, Homel

Anatol Paplauny, a Homel human rights defender who had received administrative punishment for participation in the Chain of Concerned People, an action dedicated to commemoration of the missing public and political activists and support to their families and political prisoners, passed an individual communication to the UN Human Rights Committee in connection with violation by Belarus of his rights to fair trial and freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
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2010 15/06
Alaksiej Lapicki

Alaksiej Lapicki

Human rights activists from Zhodzina submitted a supervisory complaint to the Chairman of Minsk regional court Valery Kraiko pointing out rude procedural violations, negligence of the Constitution and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in the case about violation of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly in Zhodzina.
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2010 14/06
Зьміцер Салаўёў, Наваполацак

Zmicier Salaujou, Navapolatsak

Human rights defender Zmitser Salauyou received an answer to his complaint to the Navapolatsk Town Procuracy, signed by prosecutor A.Ausiuk. Mr. Salauyou states that the facts that are set forth in this letter are a provocation.
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2010 09/06
Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

The Homel human rights defender received an answer from the Constitutional Court to the application that had been submitted by him and Anatol Paplauny. In this document, the applicants asked the court to adopt a ruling aimed at the direct implementation by courts of the universally accepted principles and norms of international legislations and the international treaties ratified by the Republic of Belarus.
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2010 07/06

The amendments to the Belarusian election code provide a mixed response to the recommendations made by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission.

This is said in a joint legal opinion of the two organizations released on June 4, Regnum news agency reports. Continue reading »

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2010 31/05
fidh-viasna

International resonance

Joint Statement by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Human Rights Center ‘Viasna’ Continue reading »

2010 28/05
AAN

AAN

The UN Human Rights Committee registered communications by four Brest pro-democratic activists Dzianis Turchaniak, Iryna Laurouskaya, Valery Faminski and Raman Kisliak under # 1948/2010.

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2010 21/05

How to protect your rights…

Don’t speak to intruders without a lawyer!
Lately members of public movement “Havary Praudu” suffered from mass arrests, searches in flats and offices, confiscation of office equipment and property. Militia’s actions mostly were lawless. How to behave in such conditions, how to protect yourself? What must one know about the main procedures of searches and other investigator’s actions? Continue reading »

2010 21/05
Асамблея НДА Беларусі

Асамблея НДА Беларусі

The Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs of Belarus has released an official statement, urging the authorities to put an end to mass harassment of the ‘Havary Praudu’ activists.
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2010 20/05

It’s almost impossible to register a new general interest media today. Representatives of regional newspapers which were refused state registration managed to gain a hearing with the First Deputy Minister of Information Lilia Ananich. But the meeting didn’t any positive result to journalist. The lawyer of Belarusian Association of Journalists, doctor of legal sciences Mikhal Pastukhou comments the situation. Continue reading »

2010 20/05
БАЖ

БАЖ

20 May the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) made a statement in which it expresses its indignation because of a new wave of repressions against the freedom of expression in Belarus. The wave started 18 May with another police raid at offices and private apartments of civil activists.
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2010 20/05
fidh

Here is the full text of the press-release.

Universal Periodic Review of Belarus : Positive commitments but no concrete steps
Minsk – Geneva, 20 May 2010 – On the occasion of the Universal Periodic Review of Belarus, the issues of death penalty, freedom of speech, freedom of association and assembly as well as the prohibition of torture and the independence of the judiciary went under review during the interactive dialogue held at the Human Rights Council.
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2010 20/05
Jezy Buzek

Jezy Buzek

Jerzy Buzek expresses his serious concern about “the recent worsening of the human rights situation in Belarus”.
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2010 20/05
Міхал Пастухоў, Менск

Mikhail Pastuhov, Мiеnsk

It is almost impossible to register a new independent social and political periodical given the current political climate in Belarus. As recently as yesterday, the representatives of regional newspapers, which had been refused to be registered, successfully received permission to have an audience which included first deputy of Minister of Information, Lilija Ananich. However, the meeting did not produce a positive outcome for the journalists. The Belarusian journalists association’ lawyer, doctor of law, professor Mikhail Pastuhov comments the situation.
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2010 19/05

Zodzina local executive committee created a problem and wasn’t able to solve it by itself. At the same time authorities of Zhodzina TED didn’t react to Yanka Lapitsky’s parents’ ask to petition to higher educational establishments and power “vertical” for a fastest solving of Zhodzina problem. Continue reading »

2010 19/05
Jan Lapicki

Jan Lapicki

Having created a problem, the executive committee has been unable to solve it on its own. At the same time, the administration of Zhodzina town education department has not responded to the request of the parents of Yanka Lapitski who urged it to foster a rapid resolution of the Zhodzina problem in a positive way. Continue reading »

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2010 18/05

International resonance

Amnesty International has joined leading Belarusian human rights groups in condemning the death sentences handed down to two men convicted of murder in the city of Grodno. Continue reading »

2010 17/05
Алег Мацкевіч, Барысаў
Aleh Matskievich, Barysau

A number of Barysau human rights activists have lodged a complaint with the Barysau district executive committee, appealing against administrative restrictions imposed by the local authorities on street actions locations.

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2010 17/05
КС Белаурсі

Reflection of a human rights activist …

Being a human rights activist I must constantly follow the changes of the legislation in Belarus. Continue reading »

2010 13/05
AAN

AAN

Representatives of the Belarusian NGOs held a number of events on 12 May in Geneva that were connected with the report of the Belarusian authorities within the guidelines of the procedure of the Universal Periodical Review at the UN Human Rights Council.
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2010 13/05
Алесь Бяляцкі (Менск)

Ales Bialacki (Меnsk)

The chairman of Human Rights Centre “Viasna”, vice-president of International federation of human rights Ales Bialiatsky commented the discussion of the report of Belarusian government in the frame of the Universal periodic review procedure in the Human Rights Council of UNO. On May 12 in Geneva the human rights defender was present at the discussion together with representatives of Belarusian non-governmental organizations who prepared an alternative report about the fulfillment of the Republic of Belarus its international obligations in the field of human rights. Continue reading »

2010 12/05
Асамблея НДА Беларусі

NGO Assembly of Belarus

Today, April 12, in the Human Rights Council of UNO (Geneva) a discussion of the repressive article 193-1 took place. It was organized by the NGO Assembly of Belarus in cooperation with international Alliance CIVICUS and International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH).

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2010 12/05
AAN

UNO

Today in Geneva Human Rights Council will take up the report of the government of the Republic of Belarus about human rights situation in the country in the framework of Universal periodic review – a new mechanism of UNO for human rights defense. An alternative report on the situation in Belarus was prepared by several Belarusian human rights organizations. Continue reading »

2010 30/04
ПАСЭ

PACE

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe freezes high-level contacts with Belarus due to violation of democratic standards. Continue reading »

2010 30/04
Выбарчы Кодэкс і БДІПЧ АБСЭ Election Code and OSCE/ODINR

The US Embassy calls on the Belarusian authorities to carry out an “open and unbiased” the facts of violations during the local council electoral campaign.

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2010 27/04
Яўген Гарыд, Жодзінскі ГАА

Yauhen Haryd, Zhodzina ECED

They don’t react on claims of Yanka Lapitsky’s relatives to renew education in gymnasium in Belarusian language.

For this reason the relatives of Belarusian speaking school boy decided to ask for help in this Zhodina problem from the head of Union of Belarusian Language (UBL) n.a. F.Skaryna – Aleh Trusau. Continue reading »

2010 23/04

The administrations of two Vitsebsk schools #40 and #43 refused to post the election leaflets of Aliaksandr Kuzniatsou, Belarusian Popular Front member, running for the Vitsebsk Regional Council, after the posters were found ‘ruffian-like’. The officials argued that the posters had a picture of a New Year tree with a white-red-white national flag on top of it, which was considered inadmissible.
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