News for 21 Aug 2009

FIDH expert comments on Viasna’s case

21.08.2009 FIDH expert comments on Viasna’s case

Kirill Koroteev, Mission Delegate of the International Federation for Human Rights, has commented on the case of the Human Rights Center Viasna, facing repeated refusals by the state registration bodies, as well as the situation in the field of Belarusian NGOs, in general. Mr.Koroteev attended the consideration of Viasna’s complaint at the Supreme Court on 12-17 August 2009, calling the final verdict a disgrace of Belarusian justice.

Belarusian entrepreneurs call for legal appraisal of businessmen’s cases by Eastern Partnership

21.08.2009 Belarusian entrepreneurs call for legal appraisal of businessmen’s cases by Eastern Partnership

The criminal cases of Vaukavyssk businessmen Mikalai Autukhovich, Yury Liavonau, Uladzimir Asipenka, as well as that of Artsiom Dubski, may receive legal appraisal in the framework of the Eastern Partnership cooperation project, the BelaPAN news agency reports quoting human rights activist Ihar Lednik. According to Mr.Lednik, the Belarusian authorities are trying to manipulate the opinions of European politicians pertaining to the criminal cases initiated after a series of protest rallies against the new staff-employment restrictions.

Prosecutor’s office warned Mahilou journalist for working for Belsat

21.08.2009 Prosecutor’s office warned Mahilou journalist for working for Belsat

Member of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Volha Sharapkina is punished for activity without accreditation.

As Radio Svaboda reports, the journalist got a warning from the prosecutor’s office of the Chavusy district. According to Volha Sharapkina, the reason was her report about the children’s home in Chavusy shown on independent Belsat TV channel.

“Prosecutor of Chavusy Syarhei Kinau gave me the warning,” Volha Sharapkina tells. “He said I had the right to appeal against the warning. I am going to take legal advice. We made a report about a charity action in the children’s home.

Belarusian dictator spat upon Europe again

21.08.2009 Belarusian dictator spat upon Europe again

Alyaksandr Lukashenka said he wasn’t going to release political prisoners and hold free elections.

“Europe should understand that is it necessary to respect each other if they want to build good relations with Belarus,” Lukashenka said during his visit to the Vitsebsk region.

“We are ready for a dialogue with Europe on all issues. This dialogue seems to be going well,” Lukashenka said. He added: “I’ll tell about a problem. If they make conditions for as and think that Lukashenka won’t have another way out, as Russia used to think we had bad relations with Russia, they will fail.” “We have good, excellent relations with Russia. Yes, we have problems. But only those who do nothing have no problems,” the Belarusian ruler said.

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