News for 13 Sep 2011
13.09.2011 “Ales Bialiatski’s Candle of Truth”
“Ales Bialiatski’s Candle of Truth” – a video with such a title has been uploaded today at the video portal YouTube. Friends, colleagues and well-known public figures of Belarus are trying to determine the role and the place of the prominent human rights defender in our society and express their attitude towards his prosecution and imprisonment.
13.09.2011 Ministry of Justice continues pressurization of lawyers
On 2 September Aliaksandr Pylchanka, Chair of the Minsk City Bar, made an application for the termination of his powers after the Ministry of Justice issued the proposal for the long-term revocation of the lawyer from this position. The discussion of this proposal and the lawyer’s application will take place at the general assembly of the Minsk City Bar on 24 September. It’s worth mentioning that it is not the first time the Ministry of Justice tries to pressurize the head of the Bar.
13.09.2011 Political prisoners are “offered” to ask for pardon
On 10 September Eduard Lobau, Fiodar Mirzayanau, Pavel Vinahradau and Aliaksandr Frantskevich were offered to apply to Lukashenka for pardon.
13.09.2011 Political prisoner Zmitser Dashkevich goes on hunger-strike
On 13 September Zmitser Dashkevich, a prominent political activist imprisoned for two years on fabricated charges, had a meeting with his lawyer in penal colony #9 in Horki. The lawyer came there to take part in the court proceedings concerning the change of the prison regime to Dashkevich to keeping in a closed prison.
13.09.2011 Baranavichy authorities ban picket in support of political prisoners
As it follows from a letter signed by Dz. Kastsiukevich, Deputy Chair of the Baranavichy City Executive Committee, on 13 September the committee prohibited civil activist Ryhor Hryk from holding a picket in support of political prisoners.
13.09.2011 Trade union activist Henadz Fiadynich detained by police
On 8 September Henadz Fiadynich, Chair of the Independent Trade Union of Radio Electronic Industry, was detained by the Salihorsk road police.
13.09.2011 Zmitser Shurkhai tried in absentia for picket in support of Zmitser Dashkevich
As it became known on 13 September, on 25 August Judge Chaplyhina had tried the Brest-based civil activist Zmitser Shurkhai in his absence. She found him guilty of participation in the picket in Horki and sentenced him to 10 days of arrest. The day he spent in the remand prison in Horki had been included in this term.
13.09.2011 Authorities refuse to mitigate punishment to Zmitser Bandarenka
The political prisoner remains in prison, though he has the right to softer punishment. Zmitser Bandarenka, the coordinator of European Belarus civil campaign, has the right to apply for changing his punishment since 20 August due to serving one third of his sentence. The case of the political prisoner was considered by the commission for release on parole and change of punishment.
13.09.2011 Anatol Liabedzka got detained at Domodedovo airport
The leader of the United Civil Party and former political prisoner Anatol Liabedzka was detained in the Moscow airport Domodedovo on his way to Washington. He managed to inform the Russian politician Leonid Gozman about it.