News for August 2011

31.08.2011 Mahiliou: KGB wants to talk to civil activists

Anton Ivanou, an active user of social networks, and Tomas Yakavitski, a coordinator of the European Belarus received telephone calls.

Tamara Sidarenka: 7th lawyer loses license for defending participants of 19 December protests

31.08.2011 Tamara Sidarenka: 7th lawyer loses license for defending participants of 19 December protests

The College of Justice Ministry of Belarus has approved the decision to terminate the license to lawyer T. Sidarenka.

Well-known Czech human rights defenders sign personal guarantee for Ales Bialiatski

31.08.2011 Well-known Czech human rights defenders sign personal guarantee for Ales Bialiatski

A number of famous public figures and human rights activists signed personal guarantees for the arrested Chair of the Human Rights Center Viasna Ales Bialiatski. All in all, 54 such papers were passed by them.

31.08.2011 Ihar Sluchak sentenced to 3 days of arrest

On 30 August Judge of the Savetski District Court of Homel Shaustruk found Ihar Sluchak, a member of the United Civil Party, guilty of using obscene language in public (Article 17.1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). He was sentenced to 3 days of arrest (which he served awaiting the trial) and was released from custody right in the court hall.

31.08.2011 Barysau police ban free hugs

The youngsters who held the flash-mob Free Hugs were warned about the inadmissibility of such actions.

GPPAC Eastern Europe Calls for the Immediate Release of Ales Belyatski

31.08.2011 GPPAC Eastern Europe Calls for the Immediate Release of Ales Belyatski

On August 04, 2011, prominent human rights activist and President of the Human Rights Centre, Viasna, Mr. Ales Belyatski was arrested by police of the Department of Financial Investigation of the Committee of State Control.

30.08.2011 Zmitser Dashkevich was put in disciplinary cell 8 times

His fiancée Nasta Palazhanka told about the results of his meeting with his lawyer on 24 August. Before this, the prison administration five times refused to allow Zmitser meet with the lawyer.

30.08.2011 Criminal case against Anatol Paulau stopped

According to ucpbel.org, on 30 August Anatol Paulau, member of the United Civil Party and a figurant of the “19 December mass riot” criminal case, received two letters from the police.

30.08.2011 30 August – International Day of the Disappeared

The International Day of the Disappeared is an annual commemoration day created to draw attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned at places and under poor conditions unknown to their relatives and/or legal representatives. The impulse for the day came from the Latin American Federation of Associations for Relatives of Detained-Disappeared (Federación Latinoamericana de Asociaciones de Familiares de Detenidos-Desaparecidos, or FEDEFAM), an NGO founded in 1981 in Costa Rica as an association of local and regional groups actively working against secret imprisonment and forced disappearances in a number of Latin-American countries.

30.08.2011 Hlybokaye: authorities ban picket in support of political prisoner Mikita Likhavid

Yaraslau Bernikovich, a civil activist from the town of Hlybokaye, applied for authorization of the action in the first half of July. He intends to hold the picket on 3 September near the House of Culture.

Letter to Ales Bialiatski by Artak Kirakosyan FIDH Sec. General

29.08.2011 Letter to Ales Bialiatski by Artak Kirakosyan FIDH Sec. General

Artak Kirakosyan, Secretary General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Chairman of the Board of the Civil Society Institute, has addressed chair man of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Ales Bialiatski with an open letter.

Human rights defender Andrei Paluda questioned in Bialiatski’s case

29.08.2011 Human rights defender Andrei Paluda questioned in Bialiatski’s case

On 29 August, activist of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Andrei Paluda was interrogated at the financial investigation department of the State Control Committee.

29.08.2011 Valiantsin Stefanovich set to return to Belarus

Viasna activist Valiantsin Stefanovich says he is going to return to Belarus in a month, despite the fact his bank account details have also been disclosed by the Lithuanian Ministry of Justice, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, quoting www.delfi.lt.

29.08.2011 KGB interrogates EHU students

Several students of the Vilnius-based European Humanities University have been interrogated by the KGB across Belarus last week, www.charter97.org reports, quoting the coordinator of the StudAlliance youth initiative Kiryl Atamanchyk.

29.08.2011 Uladzimir Kobets’ case is closed

He has also been allowed to go abroad.

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