News for 21 Aug 2007

21.08.2007 Human Rights Activists Meet with First Deputy Minister of Justice Aliaksandr Petrash

On 21 August the human rights activists Ales Bialiatski, Uladzimir Labkovich and Valiantsin Stefanovich had a personal audience with the first deputy minister of Justice Aliaksandr Petrash. First of all, they were interested in the process of registration of the human rights NGO Viasna. Bear in mind that on 23 July the initiative group of human rights activists filed with the Ministry of Justice a packet of documents for registration of the public human rights association Viasna and in two days the Ministry of Justice must announce its decision.

21.08.2007 Aliaksei Shein’s Complaint Turned down

Minsk city court turned down an appeal of a co-chairman of the organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party Aliaksei Shein against a verdict of Frunzenski district court of Minsk sentencing the activist to 15 days of jail under article 23.34 of the Adminstrative Code (violation of the order of holding mass actions or pickets).

21.08.2007 Activist to Be Tried for Demanding Customs Declaration Blank in Belarusian

On 30 August in Homel a trial of a public activist Siarhei Siamionau will take place. Siamionau is charged with refusal to fill in a customs declaration, which is considered as ‘disobedience to legal demands of a customs officer’.

21.08.2007 Medical Diagnose to Tatsiana Tyshkevich after Police Beating

Today the doctors announced diagnoses to Tatsiana Tyshkevich who had been beaten up by the plainclothes staff-members of the special police regiment 16 August when the youth leader Mikita Sasim had been detained. The strike in kidneys provoked the inflammation process in kidneys, the Charter’97 press office was informed by the right activist Iryna Toustsik.

21.08.2007 Belarus to Build Atomic Power Plant

Minister for economy of Belarus Mikalai Zaichanka is sure that the country can’t do without the atomic power engineering. ‘Due to the present day state of relationship with Russia and gas prices the power engineering has become very costly’, declared the minister for economy in Minsk specifying that the majority of heat and electric power plants are gas powered. ‘We are loosing competitiveness on the tariffs and under such conditions we can’t do without an APP’, he said.

21.08.2007 Strikes at Zhdanovichy Market Continue

Around 100 trading outlets were closed today at the Mir Mody (Fashion World) trade center at the Zhdanovichy market. That was reported by one of the leaders of the Minsk entrepreneurs Aliaksandr Makayeu. He said that fur traders refused to start working. According to them, under constantly changing legislation their goods can be any time confiscated by the monitoring bodies.

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