News for 20 Sep 2010

 Just World launches Just Elections campaign

20.09.2010 Just World launches Just Elections campaign

The Belarusian Party of United Leftists ‘Just World’ has launched an election observation campaign ‘Just Elections’, the BelaPAN news agency reports, quoting the Party’s leader Siarhei Kaliakin.

Belarusian authorities oppose implementation of UN recommendations on abolition of Article 193-1

20.09.2010 Belarusian authorities oppose implementation of UN recommendations on abolition of Article 193-1

On 23 September the 15th session of the UN Human Rights Council is expected to approve the final text of the Universal Periodic Review. Meanwhile, the Belarusian government has not taken any steps to improve the country’s human rights record.

20.09.2010 Barysau residents join initiative groups of pro-dem candidates

Some 90 residents of the town of Barysau have joined the initiative groups for nominating the four opposition presidential hopefuls - Ales Mikhalevich, Yaraslau Ramanchuk and Andrei Sannikau, with 50 activists on Uladzimir Niakliayeu’s group.

1,750,000 fine for white-red-white flag

20.09.2010 1,750,000 fine for white-red-white flag

Today, on 20 September, Judge Maryna Damnenka of Homel Tsentralny Court fined Ivan Zaitsau, activist of the Young Belarus opposition movement, BYR 1,750,000 for alleged disorderly conduct and failure to obey the police.

"Young Front" starts "Get Out!" campaign

20.09.2010 "Young Front" starts "Get Out!" campaign

The "Young Front" have taken the decision to conduct the civic campaign "Get Out!", at their session on September 19.

The campaign is aimed at conveying the information that Lukashenka's registration as a candidate for President is illegal, to the Belarusian society.

  Participants of picket for Belarusian language in Hrodna to stand trial

20.09.2010 Participants of picket for Belarusian language in Hrodna to stand trial

Uladzimir Khilmanovich and Ales Astrouski demanded the authorities to grant a constitutional right to their children to study in Belarusian.

On September 23 the court of Leninski district of Hrodna is to try the administrative case against Uladzimir Khilmanovich, who together with the family of Professor Ales Astrouski staged a picket in front of the building of the city executive committee on September 2.

Opposition activist beaten by unknown security guards in Belarus

20.09.2010 Opposition activist beaten by unknown security guards in Belarus

Kanstantsin Zhukouski, a coordinator of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party in Homel, was detained by the militia at Call of Palessye festival in the village of Lyaskavichy and taken to hospital.

Medical officers diagnosed Zhukouski with “brain concussion”. According to medical officers, the oppositionist has to remain in hospital for 7–10 days, Radio Svaboda reports.

Ministry of Information warns "Brest Newspaper"

20.09.2010 Ministry of Information warns "Brest Newspaper"

Official warning for dissemination of false information has been signed by the First Deputy Minister of Information Lilia Ananich. The reason for sanctions has been the article "Eco-settlements to save those who are tired of the city", published on September 14.

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