News for 20 Jan 2011
20.01.2011 European Parliament adopts harsh resolution on Belarus
The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution calling on the European Union to impose tough sanctions against the Lukashenka regime in the wake of the government’s post-election crackdown on opponents, and demanding a re-run of the December 14-19 presidential election in accordance with international standards, BelaPAN said.
20.01.2011 "Young Front" activist Uladzimir Yaromenak to serve 7 days of detention
The "Young Front" activist Uladzimir Yaromenak has been found in the detention center at Akrestsina Street after the KGB men took him from his house on Wednesday for an interrogation as a witness with regard to the December 19 mass disturbances criminal case. The press-center of the "Young Front" informs about this.
20.01.2011 KGB and police summon BCD activists for “preventive conversations”
Two Minsk activists of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party have been invited for “preventive conversations” to local KGB and police departments.
20.01.2011 KGB search flat of Students’ Council leader
Today, Minsk KGB officers searched the private apartment of Liza Yalfimava, one of the leaders of the Students’ Council youth movement.
20.01.2011 Two youth activists fined
Today Minsk Tsentralny Court fines two youth activists Kiryl Kudrou and Mikita Valodzin BYR 1,050,000 each for participating in yesterday’s solidarity picket outside the KGB central office in Minsk.
20.01.2011 Illya Vasilevich faces criminal charges
One of the former suspects in the 19 December mass riots criminal case Illya Vasilevich has been officially charged under Article 293 of the Criminal Code.
20.01.2011 HR activist Paluda questioned by KGB
On 19 January, human rights defender Andrei Paluda was summoned to the KGB Shklou district department. The secret service officers inquired about the activist’s possible involvement in illegal street rallies and his relations with Viasna’s chair Ales Bialiatski.
20.01.2011 Brest democratic activist Palina Sharenda-Panasiuk interrogated by KGB
Brest activist of the democratic forces Palina Sharenda-Panasiuk has been interrogated by the KGB on January 19.
20.01.2011 Evaluation of Events Related to the Presidential Election: Position of the Human Rights Center "Viasna"
The Human Rights Centre "Viasna", as one of the participants of the national monitoring mission “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections”, cannot but mention some improvements at separate stages of the campaign, but in general, believes the 2010 presidential election fell short of a number of key international standards for democratic elections. The Election of the President of the Republic of Belarus has neither been recognized as free nor democratic by the OSCE / ODIHR international election observation mission. Since 1996, no Belarusian election campaigns, including presidential ones of 2001 and 2006, have been recognized by OSCE as compliant with international standards for free and democratic elections.