News for 24 Jan 2011

Prisoner threatened with bodily harm during interrogation

24.01.2011 Prisoner threatened with bodily harm during interrogation

Youth activist Eduard Lobau, facing criminal charges for alleged violence against two persons, has been interrogated by KGB officers at Zhodzina pre-trial prison.

No Swiss Skiing for Lukashenko: Swiss human rights group demands an entry ban for the  Belarusian president

24.01.2011 No Swiss Skiing for Lukashenko: Swiss human rights group demands an entry ban for the Belarusian president

Human rights group Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights urges the Swiss government to immediately impose an entry ban on the Belarusian president Lukashenko and further high ranking officials of Belarus. The reason therefor is the detention of dozens of political prisoners and the massive intimidation campaign against the civil society.

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State meets Viasna activists

24.01.2011 U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State meets Viasna activists

Today Thomas Melia, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, had a meeting with the activists of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”. The meeting dealt with the recent wave of harassment against the families of detainees, currently in custody in the KGB prison.

Brest prosecuting authorities issue warning to local residents

24.01.2011 Brest prosecuting authorities issue warning to local residents

Two Brest residents, sisters Yulia and Katsiaryna Pashkos have been officially warned by local Prosecutor’s Office.

KGB search flat of Mazyr civil activist Tseliapun

24.01.2011 KGB search flat of Mazyr civil activist Tseliapun

On 21 January, Mazyr KGB searched the private apartment of local human rights activist Uladzimir Tseliapun. The KGB officers reportedly seized a personal computer and a number of DVDs.

24.01.2011 KGB detains journalist Henadz Barbarych

A journalist Henadz Barbarych was detained in the club named after Dziarzhynski. He was taking interviews of the prisoners' wives. The KGB officers approached him, asked his documents and the aim of his being there. Then they took him with them.

24.01.2011 Four anarchists to stay in jail until spring

The term of detention of the four social activists arrested in autumn has been prolonged. Mikalai Dzyadok will stay in jail until March 6 and the term of the investigation of his case has been prolonged until April 9. Ihar Alinevich, Maxim Vetkin and Alyaksandr Frantskevich will stay behind bars until April.

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