News for 9 Dec 2009
09.12.2009 Review-Chronicle of Human Rights Violations in Belarus in November 2009
In Belarus November started with the population's panic caused by the epidemic of an acute virus disease that often brought such complication as pneumonia. On 4 November Liliya Ananich, the first Deputy Minister of Information, stated the ministry 'will stop any attempts to misinform the population of the country'. The same day Valiantsina Kachan, Deputy Minister of Health, voiced the data from which it followed that 19 people had died of pneumonia during the two last weeks. All of them were tested for swine flu and in seven cases the tests were positive. This was all official information. Meanwhile, for 2-29 November 170 819 cases of swine flu and acute respiratory viral infection were registered in Homel oblast alone. 44.2% of the ill were children and 55.8% – adults. 3.3% (5 825 persons) were hospitalized. As of 30 November quarantine was declared in ten educational establishments of the Homel oblast.
09.12.2009 61st Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights shows: we should protect our rights everywhere and always
Our country has undertaken before the whole word to respect, protect and guarantee human rights. To which extent these international undertakings are implemented? Let’s focus on one of the most important stances of the Declaration set out in Article 3: ‘Everyone has the right to life, freedom and security of person’.
09.12.2009 A return to NKVD practice
On 8 December the national security commission of the Chamber of Representatives held an extended sitting for discussion of some amendments to the laws by the deputies and invited specialists.
09.12.2009 Hrodna: another human rights picket banned
On 9 December the human rights defender Viktar Sazonau applied to Hrodna city executive committee as he didn’t receive an answer to his application for picket within the legal terms.
09.12.2009 MFA denied accreditation to ‘BelSat’
According to Mikhail Yanchuk, head of Minsk office Polish TV channel BelSat, the correspondent station of BelSat in Minsk was denied registration by the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
09.12.2009 Police confiscated books from Dashkevich’s apartment after his abduction
Policemen seized about 50 books and 200 leaflets from an apartment of the Young Front leader.