News for 15 Sep 2011

Terrorism case: unprecedented security measures and pressurization of journalists

15.09.2011 Terrorism case: unprecedented security measures and pressurization of journalists

On 15 September there started the trial of Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavaliou, charged of exploding a bomb on the Kastrychnitskaya metro station on 11 April 2011. They are also suspected in explosions in Vitsebsk and Minsk in 2005 and 2008 and 30 more criminal episodes.

15.09.2011 European Parliament calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Belorussian human rights defender Ales Bialatski

On 15 September members of the European Parliament adopted a resolution in which they express deep concern at the deteriorating situation of human rights defenders in Belarus. They strongly condemn the recent arrest of and allegations against Ales Bialiatski, Chair of the Human Rights Cenetr Viasna, and the Belarusian authorities’ failure to respect the fundamental rights of freedom of assembly and expression.

Homel: police officers brought to disciplinary responsibility on Anatol Paplauny’s appeal

15.09.2011 Homel: police officers brought to disciplinary responsibility on Anatol Paplauny’s appeal

It is stated by colonel Valery Liavonau, Deputy Chair of the Police Bureau of the Homel Region Executive Committee, in his answer to the appeal of human rights defender Anatol Paplauny concerning the false testimony that had been given by the police officers at a trial over him.

Sudden change of investigator in criminal case against BPF activsits

15.09.2011 Sudden change of investigator in criminal case against BPF activsits

The activists of the Belarusian Popular Front Maksim Hubarevich, Ales Kalita and Siarzhuk Semianiuk who are suspected within the framework of a criminal case concerning “hooliganism, committed by a group of persons”, found about it after receiving a telephone call from investigator Patapava, who wanted to inform them about the upcoming confrontation with a witness. According to the law, the youngsters were to have been acquainted with the ruling about the appointment of a new investigator.

15.09.2011 Political prisoners are threatened with rape

Political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich his daughter on 14 September. The daughter of imprisoned presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich says that it was the first time when her father could talk to her since his arrest on 19 December 2010.

Human Rights Center <em>Viasna</em>: 15 years of persecution

15.09.2011 Human Rights Center Viasna: 15 years of persecution

Since its inception in 1996, the human rights organization “Viasna 96”, and then the Human Rights Center Viasna was consequently and ruthlessly persecuted by the Belarusian authorities. All members of this organization were subject to detention, beatings, raids, arrests and fines. A complete list of the facts of persecution would take more than a dozen pages. However, most often the lightning of the state anger fell on the highest point of the organization, its head Ales Bialiatski.

15.09.2011 BPF Party is evicted again

The owner of the premises has asked the BPF party to vacate its office by 1 October.

15.09.2011 KGB: another recruitment failure

The activist of the youth democratic movement in Homel, Ksenia Yaraslautsava, says a KGB officer tried to recruit her.

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