News for August 2013

30.08.2013 Postcards for political prisoners fail to reach destination

The Office of the MEP Marek Migalski received back the parcel it had sent to Belarusian political prisoners. The parcel had a label “Forbidden" on it. It contains over a hundred postcards with words of support for political prisoners Mikalai Statkevich and Dzmitry Dashkevich, Radio Racyja reports.

30.08.2013 Young Christian Democrats keep seeking registration

The organizing committee for the creation of a public association called "Young Christian Democrats" is once again trying to obtain state registration, the press-service of the Belarusian Christian Democracy reports.

Krychau district court opens hearing of another suit against independent newspaper

30.08.2013 Krychau district court opens hearing of another suit against independent newspaper

The Court of Krychau district opened yesterday the consideration of another lawsuit lodged by the Cherykau-based PMK-280 state-owned enterprise against local independent newspaper Volny Horad.

Tell the Truth Homel coordinator urges prosecutors to punish police officers who detained him

30.08.2013 Tell the Truth Homel coordinator urges prosecutors to punish police officers who detained him

Homel coordinator of the civil campaign "Tell the Truth" Valery Sliapukhin sent a complaint to the Prosecutor of Kastrychnistki district of Minsk on his detention that took place on August 24, when the police raided the campaign’s central office and arrested some 30 people, including a number of regional activists. The detainees were taken to the police department, and then released without charges.

International Day of the Disappeared marked today

30.08.2013 International Day of the Disappeared marked today

The International Day of the Disappeared is marked today across the world. The tradition of marking the Day of the Disappeared on August 30 was launched in the 1980s by the Latin American Federation of relatives of disappeared people FEDEFAM.

“Young Front” member Mikalai Dzemidzenka sentenced to 12 days of arrest

29.08.2013 “Young Front” member Mikalai Dzemidzenka sentenced to 12 days of arrest

Mikalai Dzemidzenka was detained on 29 August, before the press-conference of Zmitser Dashkevich. This information was spread via Facebook by Anastasiya Palazhanka with a reference to Mikalai's wife. He was guarded to the Savetski District Police Department of Minsk and received charges. The trial over him started at 2 p.m.

Zmitser Dashkevich: “I will continue my socio-political activities”

29.08.2013 Zmitser Dashkevich: “I will continue my socio-political activities”

Zmitser Dashkevich was arrested together with his colleague Eduard Lobau the day before the peaceful post-election protests, on 18 December, in a court yard in Panamarenka Street in Minsk. They were charged with beating two passers-by. However, nobody could see these people at the trial – they hid in a room and gave their testimonies through closed doors.

Was the refusal to accept a parcel for the detained director general of “Uralkaliy” Vladislav Baumgertner legal?

29.08.2013 Was the refusal to accept a parcel for the detained director general of “Uralkaliy” Vladislav Baumgertner legal?

To put it mildly, employees of the Belarusian KGB paltered while refusing to accept a parcel for the detained head of “Uralkaliy” Vladislav Baumgertner.

Trial of political prisoner Aliaksandr Frantskevich to be held 30 August

29.08.2013 Trial of political prisoner Aliaksandr Frantskevich to be held 30 August

The court sitting will be held at 2.30 p.m. on 30 August in Ivatsevichy colony where the political prisoner is serving his term. The court is to decide whether to establish a preventive supervision over him after his release from jail which is to take place 3 September.

29.08.2013 “Amnesty International” issued a statement on the involuntary psychiatric treatment of medic Ihar Pastnou

A psychiatrist working in Belarus, Igor Postnov, has been forcibly detained and treated in the hospital where he works following his outspoken criticism of the health care system in Vitebsk, a city in the north of the country.

Program director of Radio “Racyja” banned entrance to Belarus

28.08.2013 Program director of Radio “Racyja” banned entrance to Belarus

The Program Director of the Belarusian Radio “Racyja” Yuri Leszczynski, planning his next holiday, wanted to come to Belarus.

Apart from three-month arrest, Uladzimir Yaromenak sentenced to a fine of 1 million rubles

28.08.2013 Apart from three-month arrest, Uladzimir Yaromenak sentenced to a fine of 1 million rubles

Judge of the Pershamaiski District Court of Minsk Siarhei Bandarenka sentenced the activist of the “Young Front” Uladzimir Yaromenak to 1 million rubles of fine. On 28 August the court considered an administrative case against the activist under Article 24.12, part 2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses.

BCD gathered 4,200 signatures for release of priest Lazar

28.08.2013 BCD gathered 4,200 signatures for release of priest Lazar

The organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy has already collected more than 4,200 signatures under the petition for the release of the arrested priest Uladzislau Lazar.

Homel court denies UCP activists the right to remind the public about the kidnapped ex-Minister of MIA

28.08.2013 Homel court denies UCP activists the right to remind the public about the kidnapped ex-Minister of MIA

Judge of the Tsentralny District Court of Homel Maryna Damnenka dismissed the appeal of activists of the United Civil Party against the ban of the twenty pickets they intended to hold on 7 May 2013 in different parts of Homel in order to remind about the kidnapping of Yury Zakharanka.

Vitsebsk: independent journalist Uladzimir Zhyhulou summonsed to prosecutor's office

28.08.2013 Vitsebsk: independent journalist Uladzimir Zhyhulou summonsed to prosecutor's office

The journalist received a summons on 3 September and phoned to the prosecutor's office on the telephone, indicated there. However, he wasn't explained the reasons why he was summonsed there, whereas in the summons it is stated as: “For explanations on the issue of violation of the legislation on mass media”. Uladzimir Zhyhulou must come to the Prosecutor of the Department of supervision over the implementation of laws and legality of legal acts P. Zaitsau.

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