News for 13 May 2010

The authorities spent too much time thinking about abolition of Article 193.1

13.05.2010 The authorities spent too much time thinking about abolition of Article 193.1

The Ministry of Justice again confirms the intention of the authorities to eliminate from the Criminal Code of Belarus Article 193.1 that envisages punishment for activities on behalf of unregistered organizations.

Procuracy warns entrepreneur for ‘biased commentaries’

13.05.2010 Procuracy warns entrepreneur for ‘biased commentaries’

On 13 May Viktar Chaikouski, Chairperson of the Brest branch of the Republican civil association Perspective, received an official warning from the Brest Region Procuracy.

Harassment of Union of Poles continues

13.05.2010 Harassment of Union of Poles continues

An investigator of the Valozhyn District Police department, Shulha, informed Teresa Sobol, former head of the Polish House in Ivianets, that the criminal case against her was still open, but the accusation article was changed. Earlier the activist of the unrecognized Union of Poles in Belarus was charged with official abuses by a group of persons, whereas now the case concerns only her.

‘Bobruyskiy Kuryer’ still not invited to Babruisk Town Executive Committee

13.05.2010 ‘Bobruyskiy Kuryer’ still not invited to Babruisk Town Executive Committee

As workers of the private newspaper Bobruyskiy Kuryer learned from publications in the local press, representatives of all local media but Bobruyskiy Kuryer had been invited to the Babruisk Town Executive Committee on the eve of the Day of Press and the Day of Radio, TV and Communications.

Belarusian NGOs and international community discuss the situation of human rights in Belarus

13.05.2010 Belarusian NGOs and international community discuss the situation of human rights in Belarus

Representatives of the Belarusian NGOs held a number of events on 12 May in Geneva that were connected with the report of the Belarusian authorities within the guidelines of the procedure of the Universal Periodical Review at the UN Human Rights Council.

Homel: trials of conscientious objectors resumed

13.05.2010 Homel: trials of conscientious objectors resumed

On 12 May the Tsentralny District Court of Homel resumed the consideration of the administrative cases against a Jehovah’s Witness Dzmitry Smyk and Yauhen Yakavenka, an activist of the organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party. Both of them are charged with evasion from military service.

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