News for 9 Jan 2008

09.01.2008 Minsk: Criminal Case against Aliaksandr Zdvizhkou Reopened

Minsk city court has reopened a criminal case against the non-state newspaper Zgoda, which was brought two years ago for reprint of the prophet Mohammad charges from a Danish newspaper.

09.01.2008 Vitsebsk: New Threat Letters from Russian Nazis

Recently representatives of an unregistered Russian neonazi organization Russian National Unity (RNE) have sent letters to the editor of the Kurier newspaper Uladzimir Bazan and its distributor Barys Khamaida.

09.01.2008 Ministry of Justice Insists on Liquidation of Oppositional Communist Party

The Ministry of Justice of Belarus had sued to the Supreme Court for liquidation of the Party of Communists Belarusian. There the ministry states that the party continued violating laws even after written warnings.

09.01.2008 Political Repressions in Belarus in 2007

During the last year Belarusian human rights activists carefully collected information about different forms of repressions that were used by the authorities for political persecution of public and political activists. Today the Belarusian version of www.spring96.org presents an important result of their work – the list of the citizens who underwent administrative persecution in 2007. Soon the website will also be updated with information about criminal cases against political opponents and other kinds of persecution.

09.01.2008 Pressurization of Minsk Entrepreneurs Increases

Today all entrepreneurs who work at the World of Books exhibition center have been familiarized with the following announcement of the administration: ‘Since 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. representatives of Minsk city executive committee, tax inspection and the Ministry of Internal Affairs will check the regime of the working day. In case of closure of the working place without a good excuse and absence of the vendor the retail license will be annulled’.

09.01.2008 Hrodna: Advertisement of Belarusian-language Kindergarten Group Prohibited

During the last months the authorities of Hrodna do not allow the advertisement of Belarusian-language kindergarten group in public transport.

09.01.2008 Policemen Who Beat up Khedaruk Are Still Unpunished

Zmitser Fedaruk, a Young Front activist, who had been cruelly beaten up by riot policemen during the protest rally ‘For independent Belarus!’ held during Putin’s visit, has received an answer to the complaint to the prosecutor’s office.

09.01.2008 ‘Young Front’ Makes Graffiti in Support of Artur Finkevich

Graffiti ‘Freedom for Finkevich!’ and slogans ‘Finkevich should be released! Kuzkou – to prison!’

09.01.2008 Details of Detention and Trial over Viktar Harbachou

According to Viktar Harbachou, leader of the campaign For Free Development of Business, the authorities want to isolate him before the meeting of entrepreneurs on 10 January. He said it in the interview to BelaPAN.

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