News for 15 Dec 2008
15.12.2008 Three Polish priests will have to leave Belarus
According to the ruling of the Committee on the affairs of nations and religious, three Polish priests working on the territory of Hrodna diocese will have to leave the country as their terms of stay are not extended.
15.12.2008 Vitsebsk: unlawful placement to psychiatric hospital
On 11 December 15-year-old schoolboy Maxim Andreyeu was placed to the closed department of Vitsebsk oblast psychiatric hospital athwart his will and without parents’ agreement. On 12 December he was proposed sign in the anamnesis (allegedly that he is already 15 years old). As it was found later, he signed under ‘agreement to placement in the psychiatric hospital).
15.12.2008 Minsk: detention for distribution of independent press
On 15 December the police detained the activists of the Young Front Yuliyan Misiukevich and Aliaksei Savinkou for distribution of the Young Front newspapers Svislatskaye Recha and flags with inscriptions ‘Let MTS be in Belarusian!’
15.12.2008 Minsk: protest of entrepreneurs
Some thousands of people took part in a protest rally of entrepreneurs. The protesters demanded liberalization of business environment in Belarus.
15.12.2008 Minsk: celebration of ‘BelSat’ anniversary and ‘Clip Marathon’ are disrupted
On 14 December a festival Clip marathon of Belarusian video clips was to take place in Aquarium club. However, two days before the event its organizers had to cancel it.
15.12.2008 Police detain busses with entrepreneurs heading for protest action in Minsk
Traffic police didn’t let two buses hired by entrepreneurs for a trip to Minsk out of Svetlahorsk.
15.12.2008 Slovakia condemns Belarus for harassment of human rights defenders
The Foreign Ministry of Slovakia condemns arrests of civil activists in Minsk on 10 December.