Stas Kanavalau, who was detained during a brutal dispersal of the Critical Mass cycling event on April 29, has been released from the detention facility. He has not faced formal charges yet, but was forced to sign a commitment to appear for interrogations as part of a criminal case opened following the incident.
On April 27, Lidziya Yarmoshyna, head of the Central Election Commission, met with President Lukashenka to agree on the date of this year’s parliamentary elections. As a result, the vote was set for September 11. Furthermore, Lidziya Yarmoshyna told about the proposals the CEC had reportedly introduced in the electoral process, as demanded by the OSCE recommendations.
The Minsk office of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" hosted today a meeting of the NGO’s leader Ales Bialiatski with a delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark headed by Mr. Uffe A. Balslev, head of the Department for European Neighborhood.
Several activists of the Ekalahičny Pošuh and the Cost of Living initiatives have been charged with illegal picketing for staging a protest in defense of animals near the State Circus building in Minsk. On April 25, six of them were summoned to the police department of Minsk’s Partyzanski district. The date of a court hearing has not yet been set.
Human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka has sent a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee in a case against Ašmiany customs officers who confiscated his laptop during a search at the Lithuanian border on 24 May 2015. The activist has exhausted all domestic remedies, including the Supreme Court and the Prosecutor General.
On April 19, police officers detained Viachaslau Siuchyk, leader of the Razam opposition movement, as he was returning home at about 3 a.m. According to his mother, police officers were waiting for him at the entrance, and then started beating him. They tore his jacket and sweater and handcuffed the activist.