News for 19 Sep 2011

Detention in Minsk

19.09.2011 Detention in Minsk

Mrs. Nina Bahinskaya has been detained during a memorial picket marking the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the historic Belarusian state emblems (the Pahonia coat of arms and the white-red-white flag) staged in Minsk’s Nezalezhnastsi Square this evening.

19.09.2011 Homel activists sentenced to 3 and 15 days of arrest for distributing leaflets

On 19 September, Judge Anatol Sotnikau of Homel Chyhunachny District Court sentenced local activists Dzmitry Shauchenka and Dzmitry Karashkou to 15 and 3 days of administrative, respectively, for alleged violation of mass events regulations, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

19.09.2011 Raid on former prisoner Kirkevich’s home

Former political prisoner Alyaksandr Kirkevich waits for summoning to the administrative commission of the Leninski district of Hrodna.

Yaromenak sentenced to 12 days of arrest, Palazhanka – 11 days

19.09.2011 Yaromenak sentenced to 12 days of arrest, Palazhanka – 11 days

Judge Natallia Vaitsekhovich of Minsk Tsentralny District Court sentenced Uladzimer Yaromenak to 12 days of administrative arrest and Nasta Palazhanka to 11 days of arrest for alleged violating Art. 23.34 of the Administrative Code (violation of procedures for organization and conduct of mass events).

19.09.2011 Journalist Pachobut to appeal verdict

An appeal against a verdict to “Gazeta Wyborcza” reporter Andrei Pachobut is to be heard by Hrodna Regional Court on 20 September, European Radio for Belarus reports.

Homel human rights defender keeps appealing arrest

19.09.2011 Homel human rights defender keeps appealing arrest

Homel human rights defender Anatol Paplauny is still urging the Belarusian prosecuting authorities to prosecute Judge Alena Tsalkova of Homel Tsentralny District Court, who sentenced the activists to an arrest of 15 days for alleged “disorderly conduct” this summer.

19.09.2011 Young Front activists detained in Minsk

Activists of the Young Front youth opposition movement Nasta Palazhanka and Uladzimer Yaromenak have been detained by Minsk police this morning, the Young Front’s press-service reports.

19.09.2011 Warsaw activists campaign ahead of Bialiatski’s birthday

On 17 September, a number of Polish NGOs launched a campaign of solidarity with the imprisoned leader of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

Mourning and condolences

19.09.2011 Mourning and condolences

On 18 September, a severe illness cut short the life of Mrs. Halina Siamdzianava, 65, a prominent figure of the Belarusian opposition movement, former member of the Supreme Soviet of the 12th convocation.

19.09.2011 Mahiliou activists campaign for abolishment of death penalty

Activists of Mahiliou youth organizations conducted an informational action “Human rights defenders against death penalty in Belarus” on September 18.

19.09.2011 Minsk activist detained for pasting "Stop Enduring!" leaflets

Activist of "Young Democrats" Volha Padzeryna was detained on Sunday morning near the military unit and delivered to the Lenin district police department.

19.09.2011 Homel activists to stand trial for "silent action" leaflets

Zmitser Shauchenka and Dzmitry Karashkou were detained on Saturday and delivered to the pre-trial detention center.

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