News for 11 Jan 2011

Amnesty International urges Belarus to free prisoners of conscience held after post-election protest

11.01.2011 Amnesty International urges Belarus to free prisoners of conscience held after post-election protest

Amnesty International today called for the unconditional release of 16 Belarusian activists and journalists charged with ‘organizing mass disorder’ following a post-election demonstration in December, and declared them prisoners of conscience.

Two more accused in ‘mass riot’ case

11.01.2011 Two more accused in ‘mass riot’ case

Dzmitry Miadzvedz participated in the protest rally on 19 December in Minsk together with his son, Leanid. At first they weren’t in the center of events, but when the clearing of the square by the special task forces started, the crowd threw them on the police baffles, as a result of which they got in the sight of the police and the cameramen of security services.

Suspect in 'mass riot' case Vasil Parfiankou is kept in pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street

11.01.2011 Suspect in 'mass riot' case Vasil Parfiankou is kept in pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street

Vasil Parfiankou is another suspect in the criminal case concerning the 'mass riot' on 19 December 2010 in Minsk.

KGB continues interrogations

11.01.2011 KGB continues interrogations

On 11 January morning Yauhen Vaskovich, a journalist for Bobruyskiy Kuryer, was invited for a 'talk' to the Mahiliou KGB.

11.01.2011 Participants of 19 December protest rally are expelled from educational establishments

Students, who served 10 or 15 days of arrest after the events on 19 December started to be expelled from college and universities as the Christmas holidays ended.

11.01.2011 Supreme Court turned down Ryhor Kastusiou's appeal against results of presidential election

On 3 January the former presidential candidate representing the BPF party filed an appeal to the Supreme Court enlisting violations during the electoral campaign and asking to re-consider the election results, announced by the Central Election Commission (CEC).

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