News for 19 Jan 2011

19.01.2011 Rymasheuski summoned to KGB for interrogation

The co-leader of the Belarusian Christian Democracy, former presidential candidate Vital Rymasheuski has been summoned for an interrogation in KGB today, informs Radio Liberty.

19.01.2011 Brest activist summoned to KGB for interrogation

A youth activist Ivan Stasyuk has been summoned to KGB today, on January 19. The topic of the interrogation is unknown.

19.01.2011 Youth activist Uladzimir Yaromenka summoned for interrogation

An activist of Minsk affiliate of “YF” Uladzimir Yaromenka has been delivered to KGB from home for an interrogation today.

At least 22 protesters detained after solidarity picket outside KGB Minsk office

19.01.2011 At least 22 protesters detained after solidarity picket outside KGB Minsk office

At least 22 persons have reportedly been detained and taken to Minsk Tsentralny police department after a picket of solidarity with the accused in the 19 December mass riot criminal case, staged outside the KGB central office.

KGB raid Human Rights Center office

19.01.2011 KGB raid Human Rights Center office

Today, on 19 January, Minsk KGB officers searched the office of the “Human Rights Center” and later the private apartment of the organization’s leader Ms. Raisa Mikhailouskaya.

UCP activist Sachyuka charged with perjury

19.01.2011 UCP activist Sachyuka charged with perjury

On 19 January, Minsk police detained United Civil Party member Siarhei Sachyuka. The activist was reportedly charged with providing false testimony to the KGB investigators, as he was serving his 10-day sentence for participating in the 19 December post-election protest rally.

19.01.2011 Search in Mazyr district

On 18 January Belarusian law-enforcement agencies conducted a search in the private house of Ales Kavalchuk, election agent of former presidential candidate Vital Rymasheuski, located in the town of Kozinki, Mazyr district.

Euro Parliament HR chief expresses concern over recent harassment of “Viasna” activists

19.01.2011 Euro Parliament HR chief expresses concern over recent harassment of “Viasna” activists

Heidi Anneli Hautala, chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament, has released a statement at her personal web-site, saying that she “received with great alarm the news of yet another search at the Viasna Human Rights Centre in Minsk and a brief arrest of the Centre’s President, Mr Ales Bialiatski, on 17th of January.”

URGENT APPEAL – THE OBSERVATORY

19.01.2011 URGENT APPEAL – THE OBSERVATORY

The Observatory urges the authorities of Belarus to put an end to all forms of harassment against the above-mentioned organisations and their members, in particular Mr. Ales Bialiatski and ensure that in all circumstances its members are able to carry out their work freely without any hindrances.

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