News for October 2007

31.10.2007 State Media Journalists Admit Bias

An anonymous survey has been held recently in Homel among journalists.

30.10.2007 Ministry of Justice Postpones Registration of Entrepreneurs’ Association

Entrepreneurs are told to bring additional documents.

30.10.2007 Uladzimir Siarheyeu Fined 20 Basic Units

Young Front activist Uladzimir Siarheyeu received a court verdict about administrative responsibility in conjunction with events on September 10th in Baranavichy.

30.10.2007 Protestants Pray “for Sins of Communism”

Penitence prayers “for sins of communism” were served in many protestant churches in Belarus 28-29 October, timed to the Day of commemoration of the ancestors.

30.10.2007 25 People Detained in Vitebsk

Twenty five Vitebsk activists were detained today for holding an action of commemoration of the victims of repression.

30.10.2007 Political Prisoner Dashkevich to Be Tried in Prison on November 6th

New trial over Dashkevich will take place behind bars

30.10.2007 BPF Member Vatslau Areshka Detained with Social March Flyers

Today activist of Belarusian Popular Front Vatslau Areshka, who had the leaflets on the Social March on him, was detained.

29.10.2007 Paval Seviarynets Questioned by Prosecutor’s General Office

Seviarynets interrogated as a witness on the case of taxi driver murder

29.10.2007 Activists of BPF Youth Beaten Seriously in Mahiliou

Now the guys are consulting with the human rights defenders about their further actions.

29.10.2007 Belarusians Recall Victims of Communist Repressions and Demand Release of Political Prisoners

A memorial march and rally dedicated to Dziady – the day of commemoration ancestors - took place today in Minsk. From 1.500 to 2.000 people participated in the action.

29.10.2007 International Organizations Support Viasna

Leading international human rights organizations issued a joint statement on the situation with Viasna's registration

26.10.2007 Dashkevich Still Facing Additional Criminal Charges. Investigator Turns His Complaint Down

Rejected petition about dropping criminal charges against political prisoner Dashkevich will be considered in court

26.10.2007 Brest Court Turns Down Cassation Complaint of BAJ Member

On October 25th Brest regional court turned down the cassation complaint filed by Anastasia Mialeshka, free lance reporter cooperating with Brestski Kuryer newspaper, and member of BAJ.

26.10.2007 Obligatory assignment contradicts Constitution

In Belarus, 65 civil suits have been launched against the students who did not take the employment they had been assigned to within the policy of obligatory assignment of college and university students. Lawyer Valiantsin Stefanovich comments the situation.

26.10.2007 Political Prisoner Artur Finkevich in Pre-Trial Detention Center Again

The Belarusian authorities continue to persecute democratic leaders who serve politically motivated prison terms

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