News for 8 Jan 2009

08.01.2009 Authoriteis pressurize activists of anti-nuclear campaign

Representatives of the local authorities started paying visits to homes of the organizers of the campaign against construction of the nuclear power station in order to ‘find more about their civil position’.

08.01.2009 Brest: court supports prohibition of ‘March of Petty Hooligans’

The College Board on civil cases of Brest oblast court upheld the prohibition of the March of Petty Hooligans by Brest city executive committee.

08.01.2009 Baranavichy: UCP activist got fired

The administration of Baranavichy weaving factory did not prolong the labor contract to an activist of the United Civil Party Ryhor Hryk. According to the activist, it is connected to his political activities.

08.01.2009 Authorities prohibit anti-nuclear rally again

Smarhon authorities again banned a picket against construction of a nuclear power station in Astravets district. They explained it by saying that the president still had not signed the appropriate order.

08.01.2009 Alexander Haliyeu, Pavel Sapelka and Maryiana Siameshka declared the best lawyers of 2008

Summing up the results of the last year, the independent newspaper Nasha Niva published its rating Persons of the year. Alexander Haliyeu, Pavel Sapelka and Maryiana Siameshka were mentioned in the nomination Attorney of the year.

08.01.2009 Army drafting as a means for neutralization of political activists

Pavel Kuryianovich, activist of the civil campaign European Belarus, is threatened with being drafter to the army.

08.01.2009 Minsk: printing house refuses to print Borisovskiye Novosti

Since the begging of this year independent social and political newspaper Borisovskiye Novosti has been deprived a possibility to be printed, and to be distributed via its own retail network.

08.01.2009 Hrodna: detention and search of Uladzimir Khilmanovich and Viktar Sazonau

Human rights activist Viktar Sazonau and journalist Uladzimir Khilmanovich were detained at the railway station in Hrodna.

08.01.2009 New Year’s Eve: police arrest activist of ‘European Belarus’

Marta Maiseyenka, activist of the civil campaign European Belarus, was to have trial in the Tsentralny district court of Minsk on 31 December. The girl was detained in the night of 30 December and was kept at the police station till morning, RFE/RL reports.

08.01.2009 Belarusian authorities continue expelling foreign priests

Deputy parish priest of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary church wasn’t prolonged his permit for religious activity in Belarus.

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