News for 1 Mar 2012

01.03.2012 Supreme Court doesn’t respond to review appeals of political prisoners

The activists of the anarchist movement who had been sentenced to prison terms and declared prisoners of conscience, filed review appeals against their verdict.

Baranavichy authorities refuse to change their mind

01.03.2012 Baranavichy authorities refuse to change their mind

A group of Baranavichy residents asked the Baranavichy City Executive Committee to review its ruling #1497 of 16 January 2009 and #2497 of 5 October 2009 for their de-bureaucratization. The appropriate appeal, filed in February, was signed by 56 people.

Minsk: mail correspondence restrictions applied to Ivan Shyla

01.03.2012 Minsk: mail correspondence restrictions applied to Ivan Shyla

The parents of Ivan Shyla, the “Young Front” activist who is serving a 22-day prison term in the delinquents’ isolation center in Akrestsin Street in Minsk, received only two out of the three letters he had sent them. Fellow activist from Salihorsk, who had sent letters of support to him, received them back with the mark “doesn’t reside”.

Babruisk: civil activist summonsed to police

01.03.2012 Babruisk: civil activist summonsed to police

Artsiom Markhasiou was summonsed to the police in the evening of 29 February. The reason was that the police allegedly wanted to specify some details concerning the administrative case that had been instigated against him and three more people for lighting candles on Dziady, the Ancestors' Day.

01.03.2012 New restrictions of political prisoners' rights

According to Volha Bandarenka, the wife of European Belarus civil campaign coordinator Zmitser Bandarenka, who was an election agent for presidential candidate Andrei Sannikau at the 2010 election, her husband has faced stronger information isolation. Earlier, she received letters on political and philosophical themes from him that were published by websites and newspapers, but now only letters about his daily routine are delivered. She talked about this at a round table discussion “Political prisoners are our pain” organized by “For Freedom!” coordination group, BelSat reports.

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