News for July 2007
26.07.2007 Aliaksei Shydlouski Sentenced to 15 Days of Jail
On 24 July the police detained the youth activists Pavel Baranouski and Aliaksei Shydlouski for posting leaflets with invitations to the European march For Freedom. The police composed a report for distribution of leaflets against Baranouski and for hooliganism – against Shydlouski.
25.07.2007 Authorities Lose Shame on the Eve of State Sovereignty Declaration Day
The events of 24 July eloquently show the real attitude of the Belarusian authorities to the dialog with the opposition. The recent ease of the regime has ended and now the repressions are getting even harder.
25.07.2007 Verdict to Shchukin Left Unchanged
Valery Shchukin tried to appeal the fine of about 590 US dollars to which he had been sentenced on 8 June for alleged insult of workers of a circuit election commission during the latest election to local deputy soviets.
25.07.2007 Maximal Arrest for Congratulations on Dashkevich’s Birthday
On 20 July near Niamiha Street in Minsk the police detained the activists of Young Front Kiryl Matskevich and Uladzimir Siarheyeu for an attempt to tie to a bridge over Niamiha Street a banner with congratulations on political prisoner Zmitser Dashkevich’s birthday. The detainees were taken to Tsentralny police department of Minsk. The trial of them took place on 23 July.
24.07.2007 Vitsebsk: Prosecutor vs. HR Activist
At 10 a.m. on 24 July Vitsebsk regional cassation court considered the criminal case against the human rights activist Valery Shchukin.
24.07.2007 Minsk: Search at Barys Haretski’s Flat
KGB and police are searching the apartment of Barys Haretski, press secretary of the unregistered organization Young Front. They said to him that the search is connected to a criminal case against another Young Front activist, Nasta Azarka.
24.07.2007 New Clear-up Starts in Minsk on the Eve of 27 July Actions
At 8 p.m. on 23 July the police detained Pavel Seviarynets in Frunzenski district of Minsk. Pavel managed to say to RFE/RL that the police suspect him of a felony were taking him to Frunzenski district police department of Minsk.
24.07.2007 Minsk: Authorities Prohibit Rock Concert in Honor of State Sovereignty Declaration
The organizers intended to hold the concert in a traditional place, the Druzhby Narodau Park near Banhalor Square. They filed an application to Minsk City Executive Committee and started negotiations with rock band. Preliminary agreements were received from Krama and Neuro Dubel.
24.07.2007 Mahiliou: Disabled Person Detained for Having Unregistered Mass Media
On 23 July a report under article 22.9 of the Administrative Code (distribution of unregistered printed production) was composed against Siarhei Hirkin, disabled since childhood. He can be fined up to 290 US dollars.
24.07.2007 Ministry of Justice Refuses to Register "For Freedom!" Movement
The Ministry of Justice refused to register the national human rights public association For Freedom! movement. On 21 July the co-founders of the NGO received an official answer from the ministry.
24.07.2007 Youth Detained on Teturn from Basovishcha Rock Festival
About 30 youngsters were detained for more than an hour at the railway station of Hrodna Maksim Hubarevich, Aliaksei Salei, Yauhen Skrabutan, Viktar Valko, and Franak Viachorka,. All of them returned from the rock-festival Basovishcha which took place in Poland. Five of the detainees, including Skrabutan and Viachorka, were searched.
19.07.2007 Zmitser Dashkevich Week
On July 20th Zmitser Dashkevich, leader of Young Front and unbending youth activist, turns 26. On November 1st, 2006 he was sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment for acting on behalf of an unregistered organization. Zmitser is serving the sentence in Shklou prison. International Amnesty recognized the youth activist a prisoner of conscience.
18.07.2007 Ales Kalita: No Time for Leisure, Much Work Is Ahead
Ales Kalita, chairman of the BPF Youth, left Akrestsina jail after 15 days of arrest.
18.07.2007 Activists Released, Printed Materials Seized
Police detained the activists detained in Biaroza. However, they seized all the printed materials the activists had with them.
18.07.2007 Chairman of BPF Youth Ales Kalita to Be Released Today
Youth leader Ales Kalita will be released from jail today, on July 18th, at 2 p.m.