News for 18 Apr 2008

18.04.2008 Economic University administration persist in expelling Atakulava

The administration of the Belarusian State Economic University is likely to expel youth activist Ludmila Atakulava. During a special meeting of the university administration, the student was labeled as ‘opposing society’. The final decision will be taken in the near future.

18.04.2008 Milinkevich invited for a conversation to ministry of justice

On April 17, Aliaksandr Milinkevich, leader of the newly created movement ‘For Freedom!’, was invited for a conversation by a Ministry of Justice official Aleh Slizheuski. The meeting will deal with the ministry’s reluctance to grant official registration to the movement.

18.04.2008 Polish citizens fined

Anzhalika Borys, head of unofficial Polish Union in Belarus, and Ihar Bancar, a journalist of Magazyn polski, were fined 525,000 roubles for entering the border zone without special permission. The decision was made by special administrative commission of Lida border troops military unit. Besides, they will not be able to leave Belarus until the fine is paid off.

18.04.2008 Three teenage activists detained in Vitsebsk

Three BPF’s Youth members – Yulia Mikhailava, Khrystsina Chyzh and Vika Chyzh were detained by Vitsebsk police during a Solidarity Day action in the city center on April 16. They were standing and holding portraits of Belarusian political prisoners. 15 minutes later the action was broken up by the police. The girls were taken to local police department and three hours later released.

18.04.2008 PACE special rapporteur calls on Belarus to respect rights of its citizens

According to Belapan, Andrew McIntosh, media-freedom rapporteur in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), called on the Belarusian government in a statement posted on PACE's website (http://assembly.coe.int) on April 17 to respect the right to freedom of expression.

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