News for 15 Jan 2010

15.01.2010 Ivan Mikhailau to be tried on 29 January

According to information of Mikhail Pashkevich, leader of the campaign For alternative civil service, the trial on the case brought against Ivan Mikhailau, believer of Jewish-messianic community, will take place on 29 January at the Minsk district court.

15.01.2010 Mongolian President announced death penalty moratorium

Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj has announced a moratorium on the death penalty, and called for the punishment to be abolished.

15.01.2010 Parole granted to Ales Charnyshou, figurant of ‘Process of 14’

Ales Charnyshou, a figurant of the ‘Process of 14’, instigated against participants of a peaceful rally of entrepreneurs in January 2008, was amnestied.

Criminal Case against Yauhen Volkau under Article 193.1 is dropped

15.01.2010 Criminal Case against Yauhen Volkau under Article 193.1 is dropped

On 30 December the Minsk prosecutor’s office for the second time dropped the criminal proceedings against Yauhen Volkau, instigated at the end of June 2009 under Article 193.1. Volkau was accused of acting on behalf of the Movement of Unity (Mun’s Church).

Homel: Yauhen Yakavenka appeals against forced detention by police

15.01.2010 Homel: Yauhen Yakavenka appeals against forced detention by police

As BelaPAN reports, at noon on 14 January two men in police uniform came up to Yauhen Yakavenka, a regional coordinator of the organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy, in Knizhnaya Street in Homel. They forced Yakavenka to get in a car and took him to a military enlistment office. ‘They explained me that I allegedly evaded draft, though I didn’t receive any summons to the military office. The office staff didn’t know what to do with me. I was waiting for their chiefs. Then I was told I could go,’ commented the activist.

15.01.2010 Vitsebsk: arrests of oppositionists continue

Young activist Taras Surhan, a friend of Siarhei Kavalenka, has been sentenced to 7 days of arrest. Valer Ramanenka and Ales Halavan, activists of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party, were detained and guarded to the Pershamaiski district police department of Vitsebsk. Pavel Seviarynets, who visited the detainees at the police department, said that ‘haunting of democratic activists has started in Vitsebsk’.

15.01.2010 Ministry of Justice issues official warning to Belarusian Association of Journalists

The Ministry of Justice of Belarus laid several claims to the Belarusian Association of Journalists. BAJ considers them groundless and is going to appeal against the warning.

Lukashenka creates special secret service for Internet

15.01.2010 Lukashenka creates special secret service for Internet

The Operating and Analytical centre under the president is given the right to control online correspondence of Belarusians and monitor which websites they browse.

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