News for 4 May 2011

Journalist Uladzimir Laptsevich appeals prison nutrition fee

04.05.2011 Journalist Uladzimir Laptsevich appeals prison nutrition fee

On 26 March – 1 April Uladzimir Laptsevich, a journalist with the information agency BelaPAN served an administrative arrest term in the Mahiliou isolator.

Weekly Review of Post-election Situation in Belarus (25 April – 1 May)

04.05.2011 Weekly Review of Post-election Situation in Belarus (25 April – 1 May)

Trials of the criminal cases instigated for participation in the post-election protest actions continued in the Minsk courts during the whole week. All in all, 11 defendants were tried. A verdict to Dzmitry Bandarenka, a coordinator of the civil campaign European Belarus, was pronounced: he was punished with 24 months of imprisonment under Article 342 of the Criminal Code. The crackdown on the freedom of word increased as well - the largest private socio-political editions, Narodnaya Volia and Nasha Niva face the closing down. Activities of human rights defendants are banned as well: an expert of the International Observation Mission Ivan Kondratenko was deported from Belarus. Administrative persecution is going on, too: detentions of participants of street actions ended with fines and arrests.

Street actions of (motor)cyclists are banned in Vitsebsk

04.05.2011 Street actions of (motor)cyclists are banned in Vitsebsk

During the recent years dwellers of Vitsebsk could watch the opening of the driving seasons by the local motorcyclists. The appropriate “motorbike parade” was usually held by them on the city outskirts in the beginning of May. People used to come to the parade with their children to look at hundreds of different motorcycles and their owners, who were dressed in exotic costumes. However, this year the action was banned by the police.

Privacy of correspondence is regularly violated in Belarus

04.05.2011 Privacy of correspondence is regularly violated in Belarus

One of such cases concerns Viktar Syrytsa, Chair of the Baranavichy Council of the Belarusian Language Society.

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