News for 20 Mar 2009

20.03.2009 Nasha Viasna lodges complaint with Supreme Court

The Cou-fonders of the Nasha Viasna human rights organization has lodges a complaint with the Supreme Court of Belarus against the decision of the Ministry of Justice to deny registration to the NGO on 26 February 2009. The co-authors of the complaint stress that the refusal was ungrounded and illegal, which is an evidence of systematic politically motivated discrimination of their rights and an outrage against the international human rights treaties, ratified by Belarus.

20.03.2009 Nasha Viasna to keep striving for registration

The co-founders of the human rights organization Nasha Viasna have declared that they would continue their attempts to obtain the official status. They have arrived at a decision to hold another congress and once again apply for registration at the Ministry of Justice. On February 26 the NGO was denied registration due to ‘the violation of holding its constituent congress’. Therefore, Nasha Visna is now looking for premises to hold the meeting. However, the NGO is likely to face numerous refusals by state-owned enterprises.

20.03.2009 European Union approved Eastern partnership

The issue of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s invitation to the summit of the EU countries leaders and the six post-Soviet countries to Prague remains open.

On March 20 in Brussels leaders of the EU countries approved the new Eastern partnership program. 6 post-Soviet countries are included into the program: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The program envisages economic integration and political rapprochement of the EU with these states.

20.03.2009 Young Front activist faces expulsion from school for participation in Freedom Day

One of these days Andrus Tychyna, Young Front activist from Salihorsk, was summoned to the city executive committee for a “preventive” talk with the deputy head of education department Ala Barodzich.

The official threatened to the eleven-form student with expulsion in a plain language. She stated that is case he would take part in the rally on Freedom Day on March 25 in Minsk, he could forget about General Certificate of Secondary Education, the website saligorsk.org writes.

20.03.2009 Forcefully drafted oppositionist denied medical examination

Ihar Salavei, activist of the “For Freedom” movement from Pinsk, forcefully drafted into the army, was taken to a Minsk hospital, but army doctors don’t find it necessary to carry out a wide examination.

The activist was found problems with heart before the drafting campaign. Medical board didn’t want to call him up for military service, but a military commissar insisted he should be drafted, milinkevich.org writes.

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