News for 10 Dec 2008

10.12.2008 Belarus celebrates 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: about 30 detentions

Celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration in Belarus was marked with mass (and in some cases, quite rude) detentions of human rights defenders and civil activists.

Detentions in Mahiliou

10.12.2008 Detentions in Mahiliou

At this photo the police sergeants Pavel Mechykin and Alexander Ilvou guard the detained distributors of Human Rights Declaration (Alexander Karaliou and Alexander Padalian) to the police station.

10.12.2008 Hrodna: detention of journalist Ivan Roman

On 10 December in Hrodna the police detained independent journalist Ivan Roman and guarded him to Leninski district police department. The detention took place while he was implementing his professional duties at an action of the local human rights activists, dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The journalist showed to the policemen his badge, but it did not stop them.

10.12.2008 KGB warns lyceum pupils

On 9 December a KGB officer paid a visit to lyceum #7 to talk to the 18-year-old pupils Siarhei Svirydau and Artur Zaitsau. He introduced himself as Andrei and explained his visit with the necessity to warn them about the inadmissibility of participation in unregistered youth organizations.

10.12.2008 National Human Rights Award 2008

The organizing committee of Charter’97 determined nominees for National Human Rights Award 2008. Prize For Personal Courage is given to Alexander Barazenka, Andrei Kim, Siarhei Parsiukevich, and Halina Yubko. Yuliya Darashkevich won in the nomination For Defence of Freedom of Speech Principles.

10.12.2008 Minsk: dispersal of opposition rally near central KGB office

On 10 December youth activists dressed in stripped prison clothing protested near the central office of the State Security Committee (KGB).

10.12.2008 Entrepreneurs declare hunger-strike against Lukashenka’s decree

On 10 December Belarusian market vendors all over the country hold a protest rally against Alexander Lukashenka’s decrees aimed at ruining their business.

10.12.2008 Brest: detention for white-red-white flag

Activists of For Freedom movement Yury Bakur and Andrei Sharenda have been detained in Brest. They hanged out a white-red-white flag on the building of Brest State pedagogical University, to mark the Human Rights Day. The huge white-red-white flag was attached to the flagpole of the Brest State pedagogical University.

10.12.2008 Political activists who are banned to travel abroad bring complaints to Lukashenka

The protest rally of oppositionists who are banned to leave the country has taken place in Kastrychnitskaya Square in Minsk today.

10.12.2008 Hrodna: arrest of human rights activists

Human rights activists of Hrodna organized a street action dedicated to the 60th anniversary of proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Members of human rights organizations were distributing UDHR texts among Hrodna dwellers.

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