Picks of the Week

2018 2018-06-15T15:20:30+0300 2018-06-15T15:20:30+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/35238510_1672581652819727_2628513907773276160_o.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

More than 50 charges of administrative violations were brought by police officers and traffic police against activists protesting against the opening of an entertainment center and a restaurant on the site of the mass graves of victims of Stalin-era repression in the memorial forest of Kurapaty on the outskirts of Minsk.

Road police clear entrance to the Poedem, Poedim restaurant amid protests against grand opening
Road police clear entrance to the Poedem, Poedim restaurant, as protests prevent cars from entering the facility. June 13, 2018

Besides illegal protesting, the activists were charged with walking on the roadway, after they tried to prevent customers from entering the facility.

Human rights defenders believe that the construction was illegal, as it infringes on the Kurapaty protective zone.

“In fact, this is entertainment area, which was built in violation of the law,” Ales Bialiatski, leader of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, said.

Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik, leaders of the opposition REP trade union, both accused of “tax evasion in especially large amounts”, refused to write a petition for clemency to President Lukashenka.

“We are not guilty. So there is no reason to seek pardon,” Fiadynich said.

If convicted, the trade unionists may be imprisoned for up to 7 years with possible confiscation of property.

Ihar Komlik and Henadz Fiadynich
Ihar Komlik and Henadz Fiadynich

The country’s leading human rights groups insist the charges against Fiadynich and Komlik are politically motivated.

The Prosecutor's Office of Brest issued official warnings to four protesters against the construction of a battery factory, which the campaigners believe will lead to irreparable environmental damage.

Anarchists block Brest-Minsk intercity highway to protest the construction of a battery plant. Photo: tut.by
Anarchists block Brest-Minsk intercity highway to protest the construction of a battery plant. Photo: tut.by

“The campaigners face unprecedented hurdles. They are not allowed to campaign and share information among the residents of Brest,” local human rights activist Raman Kisliak said.

Meanwhile, nearly 37,000 signatures against the construction of the plant were sent to the presidential administration in February.

Partnership

Membership