News for December 2011

Activists detained ahead of New Year’s Day

31.12.2011 Activists detained ahead of New Year’s Day

On 30-31 December, Belarusian police have detained a number of opposition activists to prevent them from staging protests scheduled for New Year’s night.

30.12.2011 Alexander Stepanenko Detained

On December 29, the police officers detained the activist of the United Civil Party Alexander Stepanenko at his apartment.

30.12.2011 Charter’97 website came under attack

On December 29 at 5 p.m. Minsk time charter97.org underwent a cyber attack.

29.12.2011 Authorities intimidating founders of Belarusian Christian Democracy, says co-chairman

Authorities have waged a campaign of intimidation to force activists of Belarusian Christian Democracy (BCD) to withdraw as founders from the unregistered opposition party, BCD Co-chairman Vital Rymashewski told BelaPAN on Thursday.

Youth activist Krechka detained and tried over disorderly conduct

29.12.2011 Youth activist Krechka detained and tried over disorderly conduct

Youth opposition activist Andrus Krechka was detained by Minsk police at about 11.30 this morning, say his friends quoting a message received from the activist.

Ministry of Justice denies registration to major LGBT organization

29.12.2011 Ministry of Justice denies registration to major LGBT organization

The Alternatyva Plus LGBT nation-wide organization has been denied state registration by the Ministry of Justice, say the association’s founders.

Mahiliou court turns down appeal by local BPF Youth activist

29.12.2011 Mahiliou court turns down appeal by local BPF Youth activist

Mahiliou Regional Court has dismissed a complaint by Babruisk activist of the Belarusian Popular Front youth wing “BPF Youth” Andrei Padaliak.

28.12.2011 BHC wants to attend sessions of pardon commission

Head of the human rights organization Aleh Hulak filed a corresponding request.

28.12.2011 Fine of 700,000 rubles for refusal to be fingerprinted

Vitaly Kazakou from Brest was fined 700,000 rubles for a refusal to be fingerprinted.

28.12.2011 Police search residence of Barysau independent newspaper's chief editor

The house of the editor-in-chief of “Borisovskie novosti” Anatoly Bukas has been searched.

Brest trade union leader appeals picket ban

28.12.2011 Brest trade union leader appeals picket ban

Brest Leninski District Court has started hearing the complaint lodged by Valiantsin Lazarenkau, local leader of the Free Trade Union of Belarus, against a ban on holding a social picket.

Photofact: Ales Bialiatski's vacant chair at Observatory's Annual Report presentation in Baku

28.12.2011 Photofact: Ales Bialiatski's vacant chair at Observatory's Annual Report presentation in Baku

The chair of FIDH Vice-President Ales Bialiatski was left vacant during the presentation of the 2011 Report by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 27 December.

Ales Bialiatski pays tribute to father in Minsk morgue

27.12.2011 Ales Bialiatski pays tribute to father in Minsk morgue

Ales Bialiatski was given 10 minutes to pay last tribute to his father in a morgue in Minsk this morning.

UH Human Rights Committee admits violation of Homel resident’s rights

27.12.2011 UH Human Rights Committee admits violation of Homel resident’s rights

On 26 December, Leanid Sudalenka, the leader of the Homel-based Strategic Trials Center, received a reply from the UN Human Rights Committee, saying the rights of local resident Mrs. Marya Tulzhankova were violated by the Belarusian government.

27.12.2011 UCP activist “invited” to spent 10 days in custody again

Viktar Buzinau, the leader of the UCP (United Civil Party) branch in Babruisk, received a telephone call in the evening of December 26. He was told to appear in a police department next morning.

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