News for 26 Aug 2009

Vileika Court turns down complaint by local UCPB activist

26.08.2009 Vileika Court turns down complaint by local UCPB activist

Vileika District Court has turned down a complaint by a local UCPB activist Uladzimir Maliarchuk against the restrictions of meeting and picket locations. In her verdict, Judge Alena Artsimovich says that ‘decisions concerning locations of mass actions, as well as restricted locations, are within the jurisdiction of local executive and regulatory authorities.’ According to Mr.Maliarchuk, Vileika town authorities have assigned two locations for holding pickets and meetings, both situated on the town outskirts. In his complaint, he said that locations assignment itself ‘is an illegal restriction of citizens’ rights and freedoms.’ The activists demanded to lift any restrictions, since they ‘do not meet Constitutional and international standards.’

Party of Freedom and Progress denied registration

26.08.2009 Party of Freedom and Progress denied registration

The Supreme Court of Belarus has turned down a complaint by the founders of the newly-created Party of Freedom and Progress, supporting the decision by the Ministry of Justice and denying registration to the party. Judge Mikalai Babkou claimed the founders had failed to provide correct data in the application. Uladzimir Navasiad, Party of Freedom and Progress leader, says he and his party-mates are going ‘to keep being engaged in politics.’

Politicians and public figures issue statement in support of New Life Church

26.08.2009 Politicians and public figures issue statement in support of New Life Church

A number of Belarusian politicians and public figures have issued an open statement to the President’s Administration, the National Assembly, Minsk City authorities and the Council of Ministers demanding to put an end to the harassment of the New Life Church believers, the BelaPAN news agency reports. The letter was signed by writer Uladzimir Arlou, BPF leader Liavon Barshcheuski, painter Aliaksei Marachkin, For Freedom leader Aliaksandr Milinkevich, Young Front Leader Zmitser Dashkevich and others.

Oppositionist persecuted for spreading information about prisoner of conscience Dubski

26.08.2009 Oppositionist persecuted for spreading information about prisoner of conscience Dubski

“Young Front” activist from Lida Vadzim Barouski got a summons to appear at a session of the administrative commission in the case of spreading portraits of political prisoner Artsyom Dubski.

As mfront.net reports, activist Vadzim Barouski must go to office 7 in the district executive committee on the address Savetskaya Street 8 at 4:00 p.m. August 26. The summons was signed by commission secretary Y. Yasyukaits. The summons was thrown into a mailbox, but not hand-delivered.

We remind that Vadzim Barouski and Kastus Litsvinski were detained by militia near the railway station in Lida on July 27.

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