News for 9 Mar 2012

09.03.2012 Belarusian government appeals individual communications of Belarusian citizens at UN

The Belarusian authorities disagree with the registration of 56 individual communications of Belarusian citizens at the UN Human Rights Committee.

Police interfere with action of “Our Alternative” in Homel

09.03.2012 Police interfere with action of “Our Alternative” in Homel

At 12 a.m. activists of the civil initiative “Our Alternative” held an action within the framework of the campaign “Stop Drinking – Start Living!”. Zmitser Karashkou, Vasil Takarenka, Andrei Tsianiuta and Kastus Zhukouski handed out anti-alcoholic postcards near the central supermarket of Homel, congratulating passers-by on the International Women’s Day.

Pinsk authorities ban literary event

09.03.2012 Pinsk authorities ban literary event

Members of the Ukrainian scientific and pedagogical fellowship "Berehynya", officially registered in Belarus, intended to hold a literary event in the village of Misiatsichy in Pinsk district of Homel region, dedicated to the 100-year anniversary of the birthday of the Ukrainian writer Fedor Odrach, born in this region. Ukrainian scientists who study the writer's work, were to come to the event.

Barysau: detention of Anatol Askerka and Ivan Shutko

09.03.2012 Barysau: detention of Anatol Askerka and Ivan Shutko

At about 11 a.m. on 9 March police officers came to Anatol Askerka's home and took him away to the Barysau District Police Bureau. He managed to phone to human rights defender Aleh Matskevich and tell him about it.

Detention of "European Belarus" activist

09.03.2012 Detention of "European Belarus" activist

Alena Lazarchuk, an activist of the civil movement "European Belarus", was detained at the metro station "Spartyunaya" in the morning of 8 March, while posting portraits of political prisoner Andrei Sannikau who celebrated his 58th birthday that day. She was guarded to the Frunzenski District Police Bureau and charged with violation of Article 21.14 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (violation of urban maintenance rules).

Minsk: detention of "Young Front" activists

09.03.2012 Minsk: detention of "Young Front" activists

At about 8 p.m. on 7 March police detained "Young Front" activists Raman Vasiliieu and Uladzimir Yaromenka on Nezalezhnasts Square in Minsk.

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