News for 24 Oct 2011

At least one detained in solidarity rally in Minsk

24.10.2011 At least one detained in solidarity rally in Minsk

At least one participant of today’s rally of solidarity with prisoners of conscience in Minsk’s central Kastrychnitskaya Square has been detained by plain clothes riot policemen.

24.10.2011 Minsk City Bar Association accepts chairman's resignation following justice ministry's request for his dismissal

The Minsk City Bar Association, at a general meeting on October 22, accepted the resignation of Chairman Alyaksandr Pylchanka, who offered to step down in September following the justice ministry's request for his dismissal.

Hrodna activist misses appeal period due to delay by court officials

24.10.2011 Hrodna activist misses appeal period due to delay by court officials

Hrodna human rights defender Viktar Sazonau will be unable to appeal a fine imposed by the city’s Leninski District Court, after the expiry of the allowed period for appealing the verdict.

Brest regional court turns down complaint by People’s Assembly organizer

24.10.2011 Brest regional court turns down complaint by People’s Assembly organizer

Brest Regional Court has dismissed a complaint lodged by deputy chair of Brest office of the Belarusian Leftist Party “Fair World” Liavontsi Chypurnykh against an earlier verdict by Brest Maskouski District Court.

Minsk protesters stand trials

24.10.2011 Minsk protesters stand trials

Minsk Tsentralny District Court has heard the administrative cases of European Belarus activist detained for staging a picket of solidarity with political prisoners in Kastrychnitskaya Square on 21 October.

For Freedom Lida coordinator unable to regain seized car

24.10.2011 For Freedom Lida coordinator unable to regain seized car

Siarhei Trafimchyk, resident of Biarozauka, Lida district, has lodged a complaint with Hrodna regional prosecutor’s office, appealing actions by Masty road police who detained the activist for alleged theft and eventually seized his car, together with several copies of independent periodicals.

Homel protester sentenced to 10 days of arrest

24.10.2011 Homel protester sentenced to 10 days of arrest

Homel Tsentralny District Court has sentenced local activist Vital Pratasevich to 10 days of administrative arrest for staging an unauthorized picket of solidarity with prisoners of conscience on 21 October.

Dziarzhynsk activist fined for 8 September picket

24.10.2011 Dziarzhynsk activist fined for 8 September picket

On 24 October, Dziarzhynsk District Court fined local activist Aliaksandr Tarnahurski BYR 175,000 following a search at the activist’s apartment on 22 October.

Homel protester to stand trial

24.10.2011 Homel protester to stand trial

Vital Pratasevich, the only participant of a picket of solidarity with Belarusian prisoners of conscience staged in Homel central park on 21 October, will stand trial on 24 October.

BPF activist questioned over Justice House arson

24.10.2011 BPF activist questioned over Justice House arson

On 21 October, Korbyn police interrogated local member of the Belarusian Popular Front Aliaksandr Strachuk.

24.10.2011 Protester goes on hunger strike following arrest in Minsk`s Kastrychnitskaya Square

Opposition activist Alyaksandr Valantsevich has gone on hunger strike in the detention center on Akrestsina Street in Minsk following his arrest during a demonstration in central Kastrychnitskaya Square on Friday evening.

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