News for 16 Apr 2014

Vitsebsk Regional Executive Committee deliberately doesn't use Belarusian language at its website

16.04.2014 Vitsebsk Regional Executive Committee deliberately doesn't use Belarusian language at its website

BPF activist Kanstantsin Smolikau filed an electronic appeal to the Vitsebsk REC, offering this institution to maske a Belarusian-language version for the website. The ideological department gave quite a short response: the website has been and will only be in Russian, since it is not contrary to the law.

Young Front activists in Homel to stand trial over solidarity with victims of Ukrainian protests

16.04.2014 Young Front activists in Homel to stand trial over solidarity with victims of Ukrainian protests

On April 17, the Tsentralny District Court of Homel will hear the charges brought against members of the Young Front opposition movement, Andrei Tsianiuta, Natallia Kryvashei and Stas Bula. They are accused of violating the order of holding mass events.

Hrodna Regional Court turns down appeal in Ukraine solidarity case

16.04.2014 Hrodna Regional Court turns down appeal in Ukraine solidarity case

The Hrodna Regional Court has dismissed an appeal filed by a Vaukavysk opposition activist Vital Huliak, confirming the decision of the District Court.

Activists threatened with arrests ahead of Hockey World Champ

16.04.2014 Activists threatened with arrests ahead of Hockey World Champ

Human rights defenders have received information about possible provocations against opposition activists and their preventive detention ahead of the forthcoming Ice Hockey World Championship, due to open on 9 May. This was confirmed by the coordinator of the European Belarus movement Maksim Viniarski, who was recently released after a 15-day arrest.

Prisoners tell about radical approaches to correcting in penal colony No. 9 in Horki

16.04.2014 Prisoners tell about radical approaches to correcting in penal colony No. 9 in Horki

Human rights defenders keep receiving information on the situation of prison inmates as part of a campaign of monitoring places of detention in Belarus. The Human Rights Center “Viasna” earlier covered the issue of using prisoners who cooperate with the administrations of prisons to perform sensitive tasks.

Ex-candidate loses job in Baranavichy

16.04.2014 Ex-candidate loses job in Baranavichy

Ryhor Hryk, former candidate for the Baranavichy City Council and the Brest Regional Council, has been fired from the Modern Building Materials Ltd. where he has worked as a locksmith since February 2013. The order of dismissal signed by the company director Halina Buliha says that Ryhor Hryk has been fired “by agreement of the parties”.

Lidziya Yarmoshyna dismisses the appeal of an opposition candidate for deputy

16.04.2014 Lidziya Yarmoshyna dismisses the appeal of an opposition candidate for deputy

April 14, former candidate for the Mahiliou Regional Council in Khotsimsk constituency No. 54 and for the Khotsimsk District Council in Uzbiarezhnaya constituency No. 13 Valery Karankevich received a response from the Central Election Commission to his complaint.

16.04.2014 Political prisoner Yauhen Vaskovich is pressurized through other prisoners

As it became known to the organizing committee of the party "Belarusian Christian Democracy" from sources in Mahiliou prison No. 4, the administration started exercising pressure on the activist with the use of other prisoners.

16.04.2014 Political prisoner Vasil Parfiankou thrown into punishment cell

The authorities of correctional facility No. 9 in Horki continue pressing on Vasil Parfiankou.

16.04.2014 Two catholic priests expelled from Belarus

The Belarusian authorities didn't give permission for two foreign priests to serve in Belarusian Roman Catholic churches.

16.04.2014 Russian State Duma member: Tsoi had his songs written by CIA

‘United Russia’ member Evgeniy Fedorov claims that Viktor Tsoi was assisted by American intelligence officers in writing the ‘Changes’ song.

16.04.2014 Alena Kavalenka fined 3 mln rubles

The Vitsebsk activist was fined for a rally against participation in municipal “elections” that took place on 22 March.

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