News for 16 Jan 2008

16.01.2008 Miklashevich Proposes to Humanize Legislation

On January 16th Belarusian Prosecutor General Piotr Miklashevich answered the questions of journalists about the celebrated criminal cases and the work of the Prosecutor’s General Office in 2007.

16.01.2008 Karen Akopau detained in Sukharava district, Minsk

He is accused of participation in an unauthorized mass event

16.01.2008 Activist demands to punish head of culture department

According to Leanid Autukhou, official Volha Kauryha violated Article 9.22 of the Administrative Code by creating “obsticles and limitations for the usage of the Belarusian language”.

16.01.2008 More Detentions in Mahiliou

Police detained Yauhen Boyka

16.01.2008 Viacorka: Authorities prepare legal basis for liquidation of political parties

“We are well-aware of the fact that the authorities are preparing legal basis for liquidation of our parties. We will react as a united force, in the most resolute way. We will prepare new actions”, -- Vincuk Viacorka states.

16.01.2008 Police arrests youth activist Yulia Siutsova

BPF youth activist arrested on a street

16.01.2008 Police interrogate entrepreneur Maya Sinayskaya

One more action participant detained by police

16.01.2008 Trial over Mahiliou activist Valadar Tsurpanau to continue today

The activist is charged with organizing entrepreneurs’ rally on January 10th.

16.01.2008 Review-Chronicle of Human Rights Violations in Belarus in December 2007

In December a wave of social protests rolled over Belarus. A part of the protest actions were connected with the enforcement of the law on social benefits, rights and guarantees for certain categories of citizens, by which the main benefits to the population were liquidated. Another part was connected with protests against the enforcement of presidential decree #760, prohibiting individual entrepreneurs to hire employees with the exception of close relatives.

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