News for 28 May 2012

28.05.2012 Young Front member Raman Vasilyeu taken into custody for 12 days again

An activist of Young Front was tried today in the Maskouski district court of Minsk.

28.05.2012 Brutally beaten Andrei Mouchan called to police

Andrei Mouchan, an activist of European Belarus civil campaign beaten by police officers, has been called to a city police department of the Pershamaiski district.

Another Young Front activist faces additional charges after 12 days of prison

28.05.2012 Another Young Front activist faces additional charges after 12 days of prison

On 26 May, Raman Vasilyeu, activist of the Young Front opposition movement, was expected to be released after serving 12 days of arrest for public displaying of a white-red-white flag.

Former police officer keeps appealing arbitrary detention of July 2011

28.05.2012 Former police officer keeps appealing arbitrary detention of July 2011

Viktar Malochka, former Lieutenant Colonel of financial police, keeps appealing his detention by Salihorsk police during a “silent protest” in mid-July 2011.

Belarus: Arrest and sentencing of human rights defender Mr Oleg Volchek

28.05.2012 Belarus: Arrest and sentencing of human rights defender Mr Oleg Volchek

On 24 May 2012, human rights defender Mr Oleg Volchek was arrested and detained by police, and sentenced to nine days of administrative imprisonment. Oleg Volchek is a prominent human rights lawyer and director of the non-governmental organisation Pravovaya pomoshch naseleniyu (Legal Aid to Population), which was closed down by the Belarusian authorities in 2003.

Baranavichy pro-dem activist’s appeal turned down

28.05.2012 Baranavichy pro-dem activist’s appeal turned down

Baranavichy policemen will not be prosecuted for detaining local opposition activist Ryhor Hryk on 1 May, says a reply from police chief Prakuda.

Over 20 detained in meeting with nuclear energy researcher in Minsk

28.05.2012 Over 20 detained in meeting with nuclear energy researcher in Minsk

At least 21 youths were detained by Minsk police during a meeting with Heorhi Lepin, nuclear energy researcher, on 27 May.

28.05.2012 Prosecutor General’s Office examining activity of Belsat TV in Belarus

The Prosecutor General’s Office is examining the activity of Belsat TV in Belarus, said the Polish-based channel that is critical of the Belarusian authorities.

28.05.2012 Journalist Maryna Koktysh detained, searched at Lithuanian border

Journalist Maryna Koktysh became the latest critic of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s government to be taken off a train and detained by Belarusian customs officers at the Lithuanian border.

28.05.2012 Swedish civil society activists meet with NGO leaders in Homyel despite police interference

Swedish civil society activists managed to hold a meeting with leaders of Belarusian non-governmental organizations in Homyel on Friday despite attempts by police to disrupt the event.

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