News for 8 Sep 2011

Statement of HRC <em>Viasna</em> about conditions for dialogue with Belarusian authorities

08.09.2011 Statement of HRC Viasna about conditions for dialogue with Belarusian authorities

If there are political prisoners, a dialogue is impossible. There is a great risk of taking new political hostages by the authorities if the political system is not transformed.

Confiscated computers are returned to <em>Viasna</em>

08.09.2011 Confiscated computers are returned to Viasna

D.Dyshchanka, investigator of the Main Police Bureau of the Minsk City Executive Committee, passed to human rights defenders the computers and other items that had been confiscated during the search held at the office on 20 December 2010. However, several laptops that were confiscated during the second search, held on 17 January 2011, are still at the disposal of the KGB.

08.09.2011 Zmitser Bandarenka nominated for Sakharov prize

The coordinator of European Belarus civil campaign, Zmitser Bandarenka, has been nominated for one of the world’s most prestigious human rights prizes, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

08.09.2011 Human rights defenders appeal refusals to release Ales Bialiatski

Aleh Hulak, Chair of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, sued to the Pershamaiski District Court of Minsk against the refusal of the investigator of the Financial Investigations Department to change the restraint to Ales Bialiatski to a written non-leave undertaking under his personal guarantee.

08.09.2011 Minsk City Court turns down Alena Likhavid's appeal

The Minsk City Court left standing the verdict to Alena Likhavid, mother of political prisoner Mikita Likhavid. The woman had been sentenced to 10 days of arrest by Judge Vaitekhovich from the Tsentralny District Court of Minsk for participation in the silent protest action held on 20 July in Minsk. She was kept in a single cell during the 3 last days of her arrest.

08.09.2011 Orsha police refuse to guard picket in support of Ales Bialiatski

Human rights defender Vasil Berasneu and Vasil Leuchankau wanted to hold the picket on 16 September, but didn't manage to conclude an agreement with the police. According to the answer they received from the Orsha Town Police Department, all policemen would be busy that day and therefore would be unable to guard the action.

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