News for 18 Jul 2011

Biaroza resident appeals police violence

18.07.2011 Biaroza resident appeals police violence

On 13 July, Biaroza policemen reportedly arrested and beaten Mrs. Halina Kavalevich, local activist of the Conservative Christian Part of the Belarusian Popular Front.

18.07.2011 EU foreign policy chief condemns brutal handling of “silent protesters” in Belarus

Catherine Ashton “regrets the Belarusian authorities’ brutal handling on repeated occasions of the ‘silent protesters’ – ordinary Belarusian citizens who peacefully and legitimately express their discontent over the situation in the country,” the spokesperson for the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy said in a statement issued on Saturday.

Prisoners' godparenthoood: Jean-François Steiert adopts Ilya Vasilevich

18.07.2011 Prisoners' godparenthoood: Jean-François Steiert adopts Ilya Vasilevich

Swiss member of parliament Jean-François Steiert (Social Democrats) adopts a prisoner’s godparenthood for Ilya Vasilevich.

Russian national appeals fine

18.07.2011 Russian national appeals fine

Russian citizen Mrs. Marina Dukmasova has lodged a complaint with Minsk City Court appealing a verdict pronounced by Minsk Partyzanski District Court following her alleged involvement in a “silent protest” on 6 July.

Navapolatsk protester faces dismissal

18.07.2011 Navapolatsk protester faces dismissal

Aleh Kraiko, employee of Navapolatsk-based Palimir state-owned enterprise, is facing dismissal after he was forced to sign a written undertaking not to participate in anti-government protests.

OSCE Moscow Mechanism report on Belarus

18.07.2011 OSCE Moscow Mechanism report on Belarus

On 16 June 2011, Emmanuel Decaux, OSCE Moscow Mechanism rapporteur, presented to the OSCE Permanent Council today his report about the human rights situation and implementation of OSCE commitments in Belarus since the December 2010 presidential election.

18.07.2011 Young opposition activist in Brest heavily fined over "silent" protest

A district judge in Brest on July 15 imposed a heavy fine on young opposition activist Yury Batsuk over a "silent" protest staged in the city on July 6.

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