News for 30 Nov 2009

Information campaign for abolition of death penalty to be carried out in Belarus, Lukashenka says

30.11.2009 Information campaign for abolition of death penalty to be carried out in Belarus, Lukashenka says

In his interview with the La Stampa Italian newspaper, President Lukashenka said an information campaign for the abolition of the death penalty in Belarus would be launched in the near future, the BELTA news agency reports.

Get Your University Statute campaign launched

30.11.2009 Get Your University Statute campaign launched

The activists of the Students’ Rada youth trade union group are going to make university administrations follow the statutes and promote awareness of students’ rights. The campaign entitled ‘Get Your University Statute!” has been launched at four major national universities, www.gazetaby.org reports.

30.11.2009 Human rights activist forcibly taken to mental hospital

Human rights activist and businessman Viktar Chabatarou has been forcibly taken to Navinki mental hospital by Kalinkavichy police. According to Mr. Chabatarou’s son, the activist was ‘arrested by road police while going to Minsk for an independent psychiatric examination’, initiated by Judge Mrs. Liudmila Savastsianava of Kalinkavichy District Court. None of his family members was informed of the detention.

Finkevich detained by policemen and KGB and taken to tax inspection

30.11.2009 Finkevich detained by policemen and KGB and taken to tax inspection

Tax inspection of Zavadski district of Minsk demands “Young Belarus” leader Artur Finkevich to account for the amount by which his expenditures exceed revenues.

As BelaPAN was informed by Finkevich, on November 27 at about 2.30 p.m. he was detained in Ubarevich Street by KGB officers and police. “I left the house, and chekists (KGB servicemen) flew at me from every side.

30.11.2009 “European Belarus” activist kidnapped and taken out of town

Uladzimir Lemesh was caught in the center of Minsk on November 27, forced to get into a car without license plates and taken out of town.

The oppositionist was detained by two militiamen ahead of a street action in honour of an anniversary of the Slutsk Uprising near the editor’s office of “Vyacherni Minsk” in Independence Avenue and ordered to show his ID.

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