News for August 2007
31.08.2007 Russian Nazis Revenge to Pavel Levinau
The representative of the national human rights public association Belarusian Helsinki Committee in Vitsebsk region Pavel Levinau has applied to the prosecutor’s office for bringing a criminal case against the persons who send to citizens of Vitsebsk letters with threats on behalf of Russian National Unity (RNE) with putting his personal address in the ‘sender’ field.
31.08.2007 Paranoid Behavior of Salihorsk Police
On 31 August the Salihorsk police worked in an emergency regime. Since the early morning they have been controlling the whereabouts of the most active democratic activists of the town. They have waited for them near the porches, phoned to their jobs and homes and detained them.
The Homel activist Siarhei Siamionau was fined 930 000 rubles (about 432 US dollars) for a demand to give him a blank of the customs declaration in Belarusian. The verdict was issued by the judge of Tsentralny district court of Homel Maryia Damenka.
Seven youth activists including Tatsiana Bulanava, Uladzimir Krauchanka and Zmitser Salauiou celebrated the birthday of one of their friends in a forest not far from Mahiliou. At about 3 p.m. a police patrol suddenly came there. The policemen found no legal reasons for detention as the activists as the latter ones even didn’t have any alcohol. Despite this, the seven were detained and taken to the police department. For the first three hours the police could not motivate the detention. Finally they called an inspector of the ministry of emergency situations who composed a report for violation of fire security in the forest against Zmitser Salauiou.
As a result of the referendum of 1995 Belarusian lost the status of the only state language and the Belarusian authorities returned to the practice of the large-scale suppression of the language of the titular nation. During the last ten years the Lukashenka-established state system has ruthlessly eradicated the Belarusian language.
30 August is the international day of victims of enforced disappearances. Its establishment was initiated by the working group on enforced and involuntary disappearances of the UN Commission on Human Rights. At present the group consists of five experts. They consider the reports about the missing that are sent by their relatives or human rights organizations and take appropriate reaction. In addition, in December 2006 there was adopted the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. Pitifully enough, the Republic of Belarus still has not ratified this document, despite the fact that this problem is a daily one for our country, where hundreds of people disappear every year.
The founders of the human rights public association ‘Viasna’ have finally received an official letter of the Ministry of Justice ‘On refusal of state registration for the public association’. There are several reasons that have been invented by the officials for the refusal.
On 30 August in the center of Homel the police in mufti detained four youth activists: Siarhei Astafonau, Vital Birukou, Andrei Tsianiuta and Zmitser Zhaleznichenka. The detainees were told that they were suspected in robbery. All of them were taken to Tsentralny district police department of Homel for ‘identification’.