News for 10 May 2011

10.05.2011 Autoradio is still considered as “extremist”

On 10 May the cassation board of the Supreme Economic Court declined the cassation appeal of Autoradio. The radio station asked the court to reverse its verdict of 29 March which left in force the decision of the National commission on TV and radio broadcasting according to which the airplay of Autoradio was to be stopped.

Vitsebsk: journalist decided not to attend his “trial” and was fined in absentia

10.05.2011 Vitsebsk: journalist decided not to attend his “trial” and was fined in absentia

Uladzislau Staraverau was to have been tried at the Kastrychnitski District Court of Vitsebsk in connection with his detention at the Chernobyl Way action held in Vitsebsk on 26 April.

10.05.2011 Dar'ya Korsak: prisoners were threatened with Tasers

Dar'ya Korsak, the wife of the political prisoner Aliaksandr Atroshchankau, managed to talk to him during the open house day at the penal colony Vitsba-3.

Police deny having detained Mikhail Kavalkou

10.05.2011 Police deny having detained Mikhail Kavalkou

On 29 March 2011 the leader of the Free Trade Union of Belarus Mikhail Kavalkou filed complaints with the police and the procuracy.

Andrei Pachobut is left behind bars

10.05.2011 Andrei Pachobut is left behind bars

Journalist Andrei Pachobut, charged under two articles of the Criminal Code – Article 368, part 1 of the Criminal Code, “defamation of President of the Republic of Belarus”, and Article 367, part 1, “libel against President of the Republic of Belarus”, was visited by his counsel, Aliaksandr Birylau.

No holidays for Orhsa teachers

10.05.2011 No holidays for Orhsa teachers

At the beginning of May, when many workers of the budget sphere were freed from work because of the 1 May holidays, officers of the Presidential Administration and the education department of the Vitsebsk Regionl Executive Committee checked up the secondary schools in the town of Orsha. The official reason for the check up was the 11 April terrorist act in the Minsk metro.

Polatsk post: “There won't be such a newspaper anymore”

10.05.2011 Polatsk post: “There won't be such a newspaper anymore”

The court verdict on closing down the private socio-political weekly Nasha Niva hasn't been pronounced. However, the subscription to it is stopped in Polatsk and the Polatsk district.

Asipovichy: what for do KGB and police need confiscated guitar?

10.05.2011 Asipovichy: what for do KGB and police need confiscated guitar?

Officers of law-enforcement agencies still haven't returned the confiscated guitar, private diaries, drafts of songs and laptop to Ihar Simbirou, an activist of the electoral team of presidential candidate Uladzimir Niakliayeu.

Weekly review of post-election situation in Belarus (2-8 May)

10.05.2011 Weekly review of post-election situation in Belarus (2-8 May)

Trials of 22 accused in the 19 December “mass riot” case continued in four district courts of Minsk. Dzmitry Drozd, Uladzimir Khamichenka, Ales Kirkevich, Andrei Pratasenia and Pavel Vinahradau were found guilty under Article 293 of the Criminal Code by Ala Bulash, Judge of the Kastrychnitski District Court of Minsk. The verdict was very harsh: Kirkevich and Vinahradau were sentenced to 4 years in a high-security prison and all the rest – to 3 years. Five more human rights defenders, representatives of the International Observation Mission, were deported from Belarus. The right to freedom of associations and expression is still violated, persecution of civil and political activists is going on as well.

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