News for 2 Jul 2012
02.07.2012 Mazyr: UCP member appeals picket ban
A member of the United Civil Party Uladzimir Repka wanted to hold a picket under the slogan “For honest elections without Lukashenka” near the “IstPal” market on 15 May in order to draw public attention to the absence of free and fair elections in Belarus.
On 30 June a conference of the National Platform for the Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership adopted a resolution with such calls. Human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, who is serving a prison term, was chosen an honourable member of the Coordinative Board of the National Platform.
Every summer Slonim dwellers commemorate one of the heads of the uprising against the Russian Empire, Mikhail Valovich, and his comrades in arms. On 1 July about 50 people from Slonim and Zelva regions gathered in the village of Parechcha where a memorial sign had been installed.
02.07.2012 Minsk: hidden agitation?
A poster with congratulations on 3 July (the official Independence Day) from a member of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly Vital Busko appeared on the territory of electoral constituency #107, at the tramway stop “Electronika” on Lahoiski Trakt Street.
02.07.2012 Yahor Viniatski was invited to police station to be detained and taken to detention facility
On 30 June an activist of “Zmena” (the youth wing of the “Tell the Truth” civil initiative) Yahor Viniatski received a call from the Pershamaiski District Police Department. He was invited to come to the department at 5 p.m. in connection with his application concerning the theft of his laptop.
On 1 July in Kyiv activists of the Kyiv informational center of the International Control Committee over the situation of human rigths in Belarus held a marathon of letters for Ales Bialiatski. The action was supported by nine Ukrainian human rights organizations, including representatives of “Amnesty International”, and was held in the center of Kyiv, but outside the fan-zone of Euro-2012.
Eight members of the Trade Union of Radio-Electronic Industry (TUREI) were detained by police at the tourist camp in the village of Bryli in the Barysau district. Seven of them were released in three hours, having received charges under Article 17.3 of the Code of Administrative Offences. The head of the Mahiliou regional TUREI department Aliaksei Yauhenau was left at the police station.
On 30 June the Leninski District Court of Hrodna considered the appeal of Aliaksandra Vasilevich, the head of the Hrodna city organization of the United Civil Party, against the refusal of the Hrodna City Executive Committee to authorize a picket under the slogan “For honest elections without Lukashenka”.