Homel opposition activist Kanstantsin Zhukouski has started a hunger strike in the temporary detention facility of the city’s department of internal affairs. His administrative case was heard by the Tsentralny District Court of Homel on August 28. The activist was detained by riot police on August 25. A ruling of Judge Volha Kazlova convicted the activist of disobeying police officers (Article 23.4 of the Administrative Code) and sentenced him to an administrative arrest of five 5 days. During the trial, Zhukouski said that he was not guilty of the offense.
Homel human rights defenders Ales Yauseyenka and Maryia Klimovich have received a response to their petition to the Main Directorate of Ideological Work, Culture and Youth Affairs of the Homel Regional Executive Committee.
On August 29, Ihar Barysau, Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada), has filed an appeal in the Mahiliou Regional Court. In his complaint, the Social Democrat demands to cancel the decision of Judge Stanislau Leuchanka of the court of Mahiliou district of August 12.
Police officials of the town of Luninets say there were no violations in the detention of local opposition activist Alena Dubanosava outside the Town Court on July 30. The official response is signed by the Chief of the Luninets Police Department and has been sent to an activist of the campaign “Tell the Truth” Leanid Dubanosau, the husband of the detained activist.
On August 28, Bialynichy district hosted a presentation of the multimedia project Aposhni Zolak (“Last Dawn”). The event was arranged in the framework of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders Against the Death Penalty”. It also included the screening of an animated film entitled The Executioner.
On August 29, police officers detained Maksim Viniarski, coordinator of the European Belarus opposition movement, as he was leaving the apartment of activist Yuliya Stsiapanava. According to Leanid Kulakou, who witnessed the detention, Viniarski was told that he was wanted on suspicion of committing a crime.
Intense fighting, including the use of heavy weaponry by both sides, in densely populated areas of eastern Ukraine, has increased the loss of civilian life, with an average of around 36 people being killed every day, says a new report issued today by the United Nations human rights office.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is alarmed by what seems to be a “dangerous escalation” in the crisis in Ukraine with reports of intensified fighting in the country south-east near the border with Russia, as the Security Council held emergency talks on the latest developments.