News for 22 Feb 2008

22.02.2008 Campaign on Informing Students about Politically Motivated Expulsions Starts at Belarusian State University

The campaign is conducted by a group of the year-mates of the oppositionist Franak Viachorka, who has been expelled from the third year at the journalistic faculty of BSU.

22.02.2008 Criminal Case against Participants of European March

The peaceful mass action European March took place on 14 October 2007. HRC Viasna learned that on 28 December 2007 the investigations department of Pershamaiski district police department of Minsk brought a criminal case under part 2 of article 339 of the Criminal Code ‘hooligan action, performed by a group of individuals’, because two police cars were allegedly damaged by the action participants.

22.02.2008 Salihorsk: New Action for Protection of Social Guarantees?

The coalition of democratic forces have applied to the town authorities for authorization of an action against the liquidation of social guarantees. The applicants have little hope that the action will be permitted, because in the recent years the authorities have turned down more than 100 applications of democratic activists.

22.02.2008 Patients of Tuberculosis Hospital Promise New Action of Protest

Patients of the republican tuberculosis hospital Navayelnia (Hrodna oblast, Dziatlava district) promise to start another hunger-strike, apply to NGOs and foreign organizations. The head the bureau for organizing of medical aid, head of the research institute of pulmonology and physiatrics said: ‘Everything is alright in Navayelnia, only the patients who are former prisoners are to blame.’

22.02.2008 Court Justifies Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions

On 21 February Leninski district court of Minsk dropped the administrative case that had been brought against the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions (BCDTU) for alleged illegal purchase and use of polygraphic equipment. The BCDTU hopes that soon the law machinery will also return the confiscated risograph.

Provocation against Anzhalika Borys, Chairperson for Union of Poles

22.02.2008 Provocation against Anzhalika Borys, Chairperson for Union of Poles

In Hrodna unknown persons made a provocation against Anzhalika Borys, the chairperson for the Union of Poles in Belarus (there are two unions nowadays, and the one that is chaired by Anzhalika Borys is not recognized by the Belarusian authorities).

22.02.2008 Political Prisoner Aliaksandr Zdvizhkou to Be Released Today

On 22 February the Supreme Court of Belarus considered the cassation appeal of the former deputy editor of Zgoda newspaper Aliaksandr Zdzvizhkou. Earlier Zdvizhkou was sentenced to three years of imprisonment for publishing the Prophet Mohammed cartoons.

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