News for 10 Oct 2007
10.10.2007 Siarhei Parsiukevich Detained for Sticker on Car
On 10 October in Vitsebsk the road police stopped the car of a well-known entrepreneur and activist of For Freedom movement Siarhei Parsiukevich for a non-standard BY sticker.
10.10.2007 Smarhon: Human Rights Activist Seeks Prosecutor’s Help
A public activist Ales Dzerhachou has phoned to Smarhon district prosecutor. He informed the prosecutor that the police ringed his house and demand from him to come with them to Smarhon district police department. They state that in the morning he walked his dog and insulted somebody.
10.10.2007 Three Belarusians Have Been Nominated Candidates for Nobel Prize 2007
On 12 October the Nobel Institute in Oslo will declare the holder of Nobel’s peace prize. This year there are 181 candidates, 135 of who are private individuals and 46 are organizations. Following its traditions, the Nobel committee tells nothing about the candidates and the organizations that nominated them.
10.10.2007 Criminal Persecution of Zmitser Dashkevich Is Aimed at Intimidation of Publicly Active Youth
Statement of Human Rights Center Viasna
The Belarusian authorities scorn the Constitution. Zmitser Dashkevich can receive up to six months of arrest for the use of the right not to testify against himself, which is guaranteed by the fundamental law.
10.10.2007 Smaliavichy Action of Pro-governmental Belarusian Republican Youth Union (BRSM)
The secretaries of the local units of this ?state NGO’ propose under-aged member of the organization to tear away the stickers and blue ribbons in honor of the European March appointed on 14 October. They promise to give to those who will bring the largest number of stickers and ribbons free entrance to the local disco for one month.
10.10.2007 ?European Arrests’ in Hrodna
On 10 October in Hrodna the trials of the democratic activists who had been detained on 9 October finished.
10.10.2007 Niasvizh: Nasta Azarka Detained
A public activist Nasta Azarka was detained by the police on her way home and taken to Niasvizh district police department. There they drew on her a report under article 29.1 of the Administrative Code for posting stickers. The trial of the activist can take place at the end of October.
10.10.2007 Chair of Homel Oblast UCP Office Vasil Paliakou Detained
At about 7 p.m. on 9 October in Homel the police detained the chair of Homel oblast office of the United Civil Party Vasil Paliakou. The detention took place near his house. Paliakou was taken to Chyhunachny district police department of Homel and accused of ?dirty swearing’ (article 17.1 of the Administrative Code, standard charges to detained opposition activists).
10.10.2007 Mahiliou: Democratic Activists Sue Road Police
The hearings on a civil case brought on the suit of the public activists Yury Darashenka, Aliaksandr Karaliou and Aliaksei Paulouski have started at Leninski district court of Mahiliou. The activists accuse the policemen Aliaksandr Syrayezhkin, Tatsiana Martynava and Yauhen Zhylinski of insult of their honor, dignity and business reputation.
10.10.2007 European March Organizer Yauhen Afnahel Arrested Right after Negotiations with Minsk Authorities
On 8 October Minsk Tsentralny district court sentenced the European March applicant, activist of the civil campaign For Freedom Yauhen Afnahel to 10 days of arrest. Afnahel was under observation since he left Minsk City Executive Committee where he participated in the negotiations with the city authorities on holding the European March. The oppositionist was meanly caught by the police on fabricated charges. The trial of the applicant of the European March was closed, without a lawyer.
10.10.2007 Homel: Uladzimir Katsora Sentenced to 7 Days of Jail
On 9 October in Homel the police detained Uladzimir Katsora, assistant chairperson of Homel district organization of the United Civil Party. He was taken to Chyhunachny district police department of Homel. There a report for ?petty hooliganism’ (article 17.1 of the Criminal Code) was drawn on him. Then Katsora was taken To Chyhunachny district court. Judge Kozyrau sentenced him to 7 days of jail.
10.10.2007 Police Detain Democratic Activist Aliaksandr Atroshchankau
A democratic activist Aliaksandar Atroschankau was arrested late at night on 9 October in Minsk. The police burst into his apartment on the first store through a window and searched it. Office equipment, including a computer and information materials on the European March, EU flags and the Belarusian national emblem Pahonia made of plaster were withdrawn.