News for September 2011

29.09.2011 Police see political action in work of a journalist

Alisa Pol, a correspondent for “Brestski Kuryer” newspaper, was detained by police during conducting an opinion poll in street.

Some 200 postcards of support to Ales Bialiatski collected in Warsaw

29.09.2011 Some 200 postcards of support to Ales Bialiatski collected in Warsaw

Some 200 postcards have been collected in a picket of solidarity with Viasna leader Ales Bialiatski outside the Warsaw-based Sofitel Hotel, which hosted the OSCE Human Dimension meeting on 24-28 September.

Baranavichy activist detained

29.09.2011 Baranavichy activist detained

On 29 September, Baranavichy police detained local activist of the “Fair World” Leftist Party Viktar Tsiapin. He was taken to the police department and charges with violation of procedures for holding mass events.

Measures for release of political prisoners considered at OSCE conference

29.09.2011 Measures for release of political prisoners considered at OSCE conference

On 28 September, Warsaw hosted a side-event “Ales Bialiatski: a symbolic case of the restrictions to political and civil rights in Belarus after the 2010 presidential elections” as part of the OSCE Human Dimension Conference, arranged by a coalition of a number of human rights organizations: the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, the Polish Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, the World Organization against Torture (OMCT), Amnesty International, the Human Rights House Network, Human Rights Watch, Front Line, the International Federation for Human Rights and the Human Rights Center “Viasna”.

28.09.2011 Khalip: The situation is crucial. Sannikau and Dashkevich may not come out

Andrej Sannikau urged to save Zmitser Dashkevich through his lawyer and told that he was threatened with death during transportation.

Viasna donates laptops to wheelchair users

28.09.2011 Viasna donates laptops to wheelchair users

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” has donated three laptops to Minsk office of the Republican Association of Wheelchair Users.

Ales Bialiatski: “They won't gag human rights defenders in Belarus”

28.09.2011 Ales Bialiatski: “They won't gag human rights defenders in Belarus”

Here is a new video on the arrest and criminal prosecution of Ales Bialiatski, chair of the Human Rights Center "Viasna", the group which has provided assistance to thousands of victims of political repressions.

Trial of last defendant in mass riot case put off till 12 September

28.09.2011 Trial of last defendant in mass riot case put off till 12 September

The trial of Sviataslau Baranovich, the last defendant in so called “mass riot” criminal case, has been postponed till 12 October, after the judge ruled to call additional witnesses.

Warsaw demands to free Ales Bialiatski

28.09.2011 Warsaw demands to free Ales Bialiatski

On September 27, representatives of NGO from different countries, which take part in the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, organized a picket to support Ales Bialiatski.

28.09.2011 "European Belarus" activist detained in Lepel

Victar Kalesnik transported informational materials about the "People's Assembly" and the newspapers "Nasha Niva" in his car.

28.09.2011 Another mass disturbances case to be considered today

Svyataslau Baranovich is accused of participation in the mass disturbances.

27.09.2011 Babruisk police raid apartment of UCP activist

The private apartment of Viktar Budzinayeu, Babruisk leader of the United Civil Party of Belarus, has been searched by police, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

27.09.2011 Speak the Truth activist detained in Mahiliou

On 27 September, Mahiliou police detained an unidentified local activist of the “Speak the Truth” civil campaign, www.belaruspartisan.org reports.

NGOs’ Assembly: Release of political prisoners is first step towards possible dialogue

27.09.2011 NGOs’ Assembly: Release of political prisoners is first step towards possible dialogue

The working group of the Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs of Belarus has adopted two statements concerning the possible dialogue of the authorities with society and the prospects of the EU-Belarus relations within the European Partnership programme.

27.09.2011 Andrzej Poczobut not allowed to leave Belarus

Such limitation has been imposed on the journalist of "Gazeta Wyborcza" by the criminal-executive inspection.

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