News for 13 Dec 2011

Babruisk activists compose their own “black lists”

13.12.2011 Babruisk activists compose their own “black lists”

Babruisk-based democratic activists ask the EU officials to extend the list of personae non-grata by supplementing it with the names of a number of Babruisk officials who directly participated in politically motivated reprisals.

Belarusian authorities exceeded all moral limits in haunting of Zmitser Dashkevich and Andrei Sannikau

13.12.2011 Belarusian authorities exceeded all moral limits in haunting of Zmitser Dashkevich and Andrei Sannikau

On 11 December 2011 a provocative report about prisoners of conscience, a former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikau and the leader of the youth organization “Young Front” Dzmitry Dashkevich was shown in the Sunday issue of the TV program “In the Focus of Attention” on the state TV channel "Belarus-1".

Forced subscription to state-owned press is practiced in Bialynichy district

13.12.2011 Forced subscription to state-owned press is practiced in Bialynichy district

Forced subscription to state-owned press is still practiced in the Bialynichy district of the Mahiliou region. In particular, kindergarteners and school teachers complain that officers of the education department of the Bialynichy District Executive Committee insistently “advise” them to subscribe to certain editions and promise trouble to those who refuses to do so.

Brest: Hanna Kanius appeals against picket ban

13.12.2011 Brest: Hanna Kanius appeals against picket ban

Brest-based civil activist Hannia Kanius filed an appeal against a picket ban issued by the Brest authorities.

13.12.2011 Zmitser Dashkevich to be kept in solitary confinement till April

Human rights defender Anastasiya Loika voiced this information to RFE/RL with reference to Zmitser Dashkevich. “He has been kept in a one-man cell in the Hlybokaye colony for three months already. He had been repeatedly put into penal cells in the previous prisoners. Human rights defenders are concerned with threats to his life and health and demand that the authorities immediately stop all provocations against him and provide him with adequate life conditions,” commented Anastasiya Loika.

13.12.2011 Mikola Statkevich placed in penal cell

Mikalai Statkevich, presidential candidate who is serving six-year prison term, was placed in the penal cell of Shklou colony #17 for 5 days. The prisoner doesn’t rule out an extension of this term, as he is considered a “malignant violator” of the internal regulations of the colony.

Post-graduate student expelled from National Academy of Sciences for attempt to exercise his rights

13.12.2011 Post-graduate student expelled from National Academy of Sciences for attempt to exercise his rights

Mahiliou resident Aliaksei Paulouski was expelled from the post-graduate department of the Institute of Physiology of the National Academy of Sciences.

Mother of death convict Uladzislau Kavaliou writes complaints

13.12.2011 Mother of death convict Uladzislau Kavaliou writes complaints

Liubou Kavaliova applied for permission to meet with her son after the end of the trial, according to which he and Dzmitry Kanavalau were found guilty of committing the terrorist act in the Minsk metro on 11 April and a number of other crimes. She wanted to tell Uladzislau that she didn't believe that he was guilty and express support to him, as she was given just 30 minutes for a talk with him on 2 December.

Mikalai Autukhovich placed in prison cell

13.12.2011 Mikalai Autukhovich placed in prison cell

As we have learned today, the administration of the Ivatsevichy penal colony where political prisoner Mikalai Autukhovich is serving his term has placed him into a prison cell for one month. Though the formal reasons remain unknown, we consider it as a continuation of the ongoing pressurization of political prisoners for their principled civil position.

13.12.2011 Brest: “Fair World” denied in registration of legal address

The Brest organization of the Belarusian Leftist Party “Fair World” was again denied in registering its legal address with the Brest City Executive Committee.

13.12.2011 Belarusian State TV continues denigration of Dashkevich and Sannikau

An activist of human rights organization “Platform” Yury Chyhileichyk was shown in a program on the Belarusian state TV. He tells that Sannikau had problems in the colony because of Dashkevich. And a BT worker (an off-screen voice) has gone go to even greater lengths and expanded that idea, “Nasha Niva” writes.

13.12.2011 Disabled man goes on hunger-strike to protest against death penalty

He also refused to take medicines. Valery Hancharenka demands to improve treatment conditions for TB patients.

13.12.2011 National-Bolshevik fined for action against TV lies

Dzianis Sakhar, an activist of the organizing committee of the National-Bolshevik Party, was fined 1,050,000 rubles.

13.12.2011 Niakliayeu and Palazhanka face imprisonment

Former presidential candidate Uladzimir Niakliaeu and deputy chairperson of the “Young Front” Anastasiya Palazhanka, given two and one year of suspended sentence respectively, have been issued the last warning.

13.12.2011 Tatsiana Hatsura fined

Human rights activists and journalists were not allowed to enter the court room by two persons in plainclothes. The presiding judge was Andrei Khadanovich.

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