News for June 2010

Babruisk activist fails to protect dignity

30.06.2010 Babruisk activist fails to protect dignity

Mahiliou Regional Court turned down an appeal by activist Siarhei Yeudakimovich against an earlier verdict by Babruisk Town Court, which, in turn, dismissed his claim to protect honour and dignity, following a series of publications in the local state-run newspaper ‘Babruiskaye Zhytssio back in 2008, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

30.06.2010 Court acquits Orsha activist

Orsha Town Court dismissed civil proceedings against local activist Ruslan Kanavalau, previously charged with alleged illegal distribution of printed materials outside the town’s railway station back on 30 April, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

  Freedom House called regime in Belarus authoritarian

30.06.2010 Freedom House called regime in Belarus authoritarian

Freedom House’s report listed Belarus among authoritarian states.

The survey studies the human rights situation and democracy in 29 states of Eastern Europe and former Soviet bloc, AFN reports.

Journalist Natalia Radzina summoned to prosecutor's office

30.06.2010 Journalist Natalia Radzina summoned to prosecutor's office

Journalist Natalia Radzina who runs Charter'97 web site has been summoned for interrogation to investigators at Minsk City Prosecutor's Office on July 1, reports Radio Svaboda.

28.06.2010 In Support of Autukhovich

The Committee for the Protection of the Repressed ‘Salidarnasts’ and the Human Rights Center ‘Viasna’ submitted an urgent appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, drawing attention to the detention conditions of the political prisoner Mikalai Autukhovich.

28.06.2010 Civil activist Shatsikava fined BYR 700,000

Mahiliou Kastrychnitski Court fined Krystsina Shatsikava, activist of the ‘Nash Dom’ unregistered civil initiative, BYR 700,000 for alleged illegal distribution of the campaign’s newspaper back on 4 May 2010.

Opposition activist Kavalenka arrested

28.06.2010 Opposition activist Kavalenka arrested

On 25 June, opposition activist Siarhei Kavalenka was arrested by Vitsebsk special police squad and taken to the city’s Pershamaiski court, www.charter97.org reports, quoting the activist’s mother.

Police raid activists’ flats

28.06.2010 Police raid activists’ flats

Minsk police searched the private apartment of youth activist Andrus Krechka, the Nasha Niva independent newspaper reports. The activist was charged with cracking a web-site. As a result, the police seized his personal computer.

Young Front activists detained in Minsk

25.06.2010 Young Front activists detained in Minsk

Today, on 25 June the Minsk police detained two members of the unregistered ‘Young Front’ youth movement Alena Makarevich and Zmitser Yasevich, as they were distributing red-white-red flags, stickers and leaflets as part of the ‘City is Ours’ civil campaign, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

  Fine for “Freedom to Internet!”

25.06.2010 Fine for “Freedom to Internet!”

Participants of the meeting for free Internet spent the night in prison and then stood trial.

Nine national Bolsheviks were detained during brutal disrupting the meeting against decree #60. They were taken to a militia department. Later, four national Bolsheviks were released, the rest had to spent the night in a detention facility.

24.06.2010 Court fails to consider appeal against poor detention conditions

Brest Regional Court refused to consider an appeal against poor detention conditions at Brest pre-trial prison lodged by a ‘For Freedom’ activist Ivan Stasiuk, claiming that the regulation of prison conditions is within the authority of the Interior Ministry and cannot be questioned by courts, Aliaksandr Milinkevich’s press-service reports.

Registration of Brest Viasna suspended

24.06.2010 Registration of Brest Viasna suspended

The Chief Department of Justice of Brest regional executive committee ruled to suspend the state registration of the ‘Brest Viasna’ human rights association due to a number of trivial reasons, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

Mikalai Atukhovich suspends hunger-strike

24.06.2010 Mikalai Atukhovich suspends hunger-strike

On 23 June Mikalai Autukhovich suspended hunger-strike after a meeting with chief doctor of Minsk detention center, who promised that the prisoner’s main demand (prosthodontic treatment) would be fulfilled, Radio Racyja reports.

Belarusian national Bolsheviks detained for protests against decree #60

24.06.2010 Belarusian national Bolsheviks detained for protests against decree #60

The national Bolsheviks organized a street action in Minsk in the evening of June 23 against decree #60 on regulation of the Internet.

The action ended with detentions of the participants, BelaPAN reports.

24.06.2010 TB patients on hunger strike in Belarus

TB patients of an enclosed-type hospital for consumption in Vaukovichy (near the town of Dzyarzhynsk) have gone on hunger strike.

The patients demand the hospital administration to create normal conditions for them.

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