News for 6 Dec 2013
06.12.2013 Investigator ignores the demands of the prosecutor in the case concerning the death of a detainee in Svetlahorsk
Svetlahorsk district prosecutor Uladzimir Tarasenka agrees with the arguments of the human rights defenders of "Viasna" stated in the appeal against the refusal to open a criminal investigation into the death of Aliaksandr Akulich in the Svetlahorsk detention center, but the policemen A. Bachko and R. Stseshankou remain unpunished.
06.12.2013 Statement of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee on the sentence to Vasil Parfiankou
The Human Rights Center "Viasna" and the republican NGO “Belarusian Helsinki Committeee” regard the sentencing of the public activist Vasil Parfiankou to imprisonment for violation of preventive supervision as politically motivated persecution.
06.12.2013 Photo exhibition “Pershapachatak” and exhibition dated to the 80th anniversary of the Union of Belarusian Writers get hastily closed
The State Historical Museum of Belarus hastily closed the exhibition of the Belarusian Union of Writers. The photo exhibition “Pershapachatak” (“Origin”) and an exhibition dated to the 80th anniversary of the Belarusian Union of Writers were presented on 27 November at the National History Museum, which was to have been opened until 8 December.
06.12.2013 Political prisoner Mikalai Dziadok taken to hospital
On 30 November the political Prisoner Mikalai Dziadok was taken to the republican prison hospital in Zhodzina from the Mahiliou prison due to stomach illness. This information was passed to the reporters by his wife, Valeryia Khotsina.
06.12.2013 Barysau human rights defenders congratulate the local authorities on the Human Rights Day
On 5 December Barysau human rights defenders Maryna Statkevich sent congratulations on the Universal Day of Human Rights to the Barysau City Executive Committee, Barysau District Court and Barysau City Police Department.
06.12.2013 No space for independent NGOs and opposition at city conference in Babruisk
The local media reported about the city conference, which, as it turned out, was held in late November and was attended by public associations, which presented their activities.
06.12.2013 South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died, South Africa's president says.
06.12.2013 Authorities have found a new way to prevent protest actions
Brest branch of the Trade Union of the Radio Electronic Industry filed an application to the Brest City Executive Committee for holding a picket on 10 December, the Human Rights Day.
06.12.2013 Dashkevich may face stricter police supervision
Zmitser Dashkevich, a co-chairman of Young Front, has been warned about a possible extension and toughening the preventive supervision.
06.12.2013 Mahiliou: a block of houses deprived of the status of historical and cultural value
The houses No. 3, 5, 13 and 15 in Lazarenka Street are no longer protected by the state. The decision to deprive them of the status of historical and cultural value was taken on 27 November by the Belarusian Republican Scientific-methodological Council on Historical and Cultural Heritage at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus.
06.12.2013 Bykhau authorities refuse to present information about the sites for holding mass events
On 3 December Bykhau writer and journalist Siarhei Antonau received a response from the local executive committee to his appeal to the chairman, Dzmitry Kaleyeu, in which he asked to determine a site for holding pickets in Bykhau.
06.12.2013 Ales Makayeu to be tried for commemoration of Slutsk uprising
On 4 December the police drew up a violation report on the entrepreneur and social activist Ales Makayeu, charging them with organizing an unsanctioned rally on 24 November during a visit to the village of Hrozava in the Slutsk district. The trial of Ales Makayeu will be held at the Maskouski District Court of Minsk. The date hasn't been scheduled so far.