News for 21 Dec 2010

18 suspects in “mass riots” criminal case

21.12.2010 18 suspects in “mass riots” criminal case

Eighteen persons have been declared suspects in a criminal case over “mass riots” on 19 December. They may face up to 15 years of imprisonment. Apart from that, three activists, detained ahead of the polling day, are facing civil charges.

LGBT activist Krasutskaya found in intensive care

21.12.2010 LGBT activist Krasutskaya found in intensive care

Varvara Krasutskaya, activist of the Belarusian LGBT movement, detained on 19 December during a post-election protest rally, is currently receiving treatment for a brain injury in the intensive care of Minsk hospital # 10.

Police detain Sannikau’s campaign chief Kobets

21.12.2010 Police detain Sannikau’s campaign chief Kobets

Uladzimir Kobets, head of Andrei Sannikau’s campaign team, was reportedly detained in downtown Minsk this afternoon.

Youth activist Dubski detained

21.12.2010 Youth activist Dubski detained

At about 17.35 representatives of Belarusian law-enforcement agencies detained youth opposition activist Artsiom Dubski.

BHC chair Aleh Hulak released

21.12.2010 BHC chair Aleh Hulak released

Aleh Hulak, chair of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and one of the leaders of the "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections" observation campaign, has been relased from prison due to lack of evidence.

Election aftermath: Call to stop violence and release the detained

21.12.2010 Election aftermath: Call to stop violence and release the detained

Over 50 partners of the Human Rights House Network sent a letter of concern to the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko today, condemning the crackdown on demonstrators, arrests and beatings of journalists, human rights defenders and opposition candidates, which happened in the aftermath of the Presidential elections on 19 December 2010 in Belarus.

Assembly of Pro-Dem NGOs condemns mass repressions against peaceful protesters

21.12.2010 Assembly of Pro-Dem NGOs condemns mass repressions against peaceful protesters

The Belarusian Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs released a statement, condemning the mass repressions against the peaceful protesters, detained on 19 and 20 December in Minsk.

21.12.2010 BELARUS URGED TO STOP CLAMPDOWN ON OPPOSITION

Amnesty International has condemned the violent dispersal of a mainly peaceful demonstration in the aftermath of Sunday’s presidential election in Belarus which was marred by irregularities.

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