News for 13 Aug 2009

Ales Bialiatski: The process of registration is of no less importance to us as human rights activists as the fact of registration.

13.08.2009 Ales Bialiatski: The process of registration is of no less importance to us as human rights activists as the fact of registration.

Ales Bialiatski, elected head of the human rights organization Nasha Viasna that was denied the official registration by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus, vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights, sums up the process of registration and shares the plans for the future.

13.08.2009 Baranavichy court takes sides with anti-nuclear activists

On 13 August Baranavichy court considered the lawsuit against the three youngsters who had been detained in April for making a number of graffiti on the walls of Baranavichy district executive committee and the Barauchanka knitting factory. In April the activists were tried for it. 18-year-old Aliaksei Zhynherouski was fined 350 000 rubles and two his under-age fellows-in-arms – 70 000 rubles each.

13.08.2009 Protestants refuse to let court marshals in New Life Church

On 13 August, at 9:30 a.m., three officers of court tried to get on the territory of New Life, Minsk-based church of the Union of Full Gospel Churches in Belarus, and hand over a paper. ‘The church members said any officials can’t enter the territory of the church, and they can send the paper by mail. The court officers went away,’ BelaPAN learnt from Siarhei Lukanin, a church lawyer.

State monopolist ‘Beposhta’ refuses to return subscription to oppositional media

13.08.2009 State monopolist ‘Beposhta’ refuses to return subscription to oppositional media

The postal monopolist didn’t include independent newspapers Svobodnye Novosti Plus and Hantsavitski Chas in the subscription catalogue for the second half of year 2009.

Leanid Autukhou fined 1.4 million rubles for celebrating Independence Day

13.08.2009 Leanid Autukhou fined 1.4 million rubles for celebrating Independence Day

Judge of Haradok the district court found Leanid Autukhou guilty of organizing an unauthorized action and fined him 1.4 million rubles (about $487).

Prosecutor’s office states there are no grounds for abolishing Article 193.1

13.08.2009 Prosecutor’s office states there are no grounds for abolishing Article 193.1

The international association Civic Belarus (registered in the Czech Republic) has received an answer to their appeal from the General Prosecutor’s office of Belarus.

13.08.2009 Picket in support of political prisoners

In the evening on 11 August, an action of solidarity with oppositionists in the Belarusian prisons was held in Minsk.

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