News for 27 Jan 2011

Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders urges  Belarusian  authorities  to  refrain  from  harassing  human  rights  defenders

27.01.2011 Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders urges Belarusian authorities to refrain from harassing human rights defenders

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

27.01.2011 Journalist Vaskovich’s term of detention prolonged for two months

Babruisk journalist of the “Babruisk Courier” newspaper Yauhen Vaskovich’s term of detention has been prolonged for two months. He was detained in Mahileu on January 17. His mother was informed that he had been arrested for 10 days for an act of hooliganism he was said to have committed on January 16. It became known that a criminal case was started against him later, reports Radio Liberty.

HR defender Stefanovich invited for conversation to KGB

27.01.2011 HR defender Stefanovich invited for conversation to KGB

Today, human rights defender Valiantsin Stefanovich was invited for a conversation to KGB Minsk office. The activist refused the meeting, since there was no summons.

27.01.2011 Mahiliou police detain civil activist Niahatsin

According to Mahiliou human rights defender Barys Bukhel, local police detained civil activist Siarhei Niahatsin.

Sannikau’s election agent questioned by Belarusian counterreconnaissance

27.01.2011 Sannikau’s election agent questioned by Belarusian counterreconnaissance

Belarusian counterreconnaissance officials seem to be paying more and more attention to the investigation of the 19 December events, as another opposition activist, former election agent of presidential candidate Andrei Sannikau, Artsiom Starykau was questioned this morning.

Uladzimer Kobets released from KGB prison

27.01.2011 Uladzimer Kobets released from KGB prison

On 26 January, Uladzimer Kobets, former campaign chief of Andrei Sannikau, was released from the KGB prison on recognizance not to leave.

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