News for 21 Feb 2013
21.02.2013 Minsk court convicts activist Henik Loika
Henik Loika, the activist who staged this morning a picket in support of the Belarusian language to mark International Mother Language Day, was sentenced to five days of administrative arrest.
21.02.2013 “Caring” police prevented press photographer from working “for the sake of her own safety”
Mrs. Milana Kharytonava, photographer at the “Brestskiy Kurier” newspaper, received a response to her complaint that related to obstacles she faced in the performance of her professional duties during a football game held on 25 November last year.
21.02.2013 Musical performance on Mother Language Day banned in Polatsk
The event was to be held on February 21 near the sculpture of the letter “Ў”.
21.02.2013 Barazenka gets warning from prosecution agency
The independent journalist was warned “against violating the law on the media” for his cooperation with Belsat TV.
21.02.2013 Belarus Press Photo 2011 Albums Taken by KGB?
BAJ phoned yesterday to find out if the earlier confiscated 40 copies of Belarus Press Photo 2011 albums had been returned to the customs office of Ashmiany; surprisingly, we were told that the albums had been handed over to the KGB.
21.02.2013 Jailed Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab needs our solidarity!
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), which has repeatedly supported Belarusian human rights defenders through the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, is urging us today to support Nabeel Rajab, our colleague from Bahrain, imprisoned for calls in defense of the right to peaceful assembly.
21.02.2013 Brest: independent journalist appeals prosecutor’s warning
Alina Litvinchuk, freelance journalist in the city of Brest, submitted a complaint to the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus Aliaksandr Kaniuk over an official warning addressed to her in late 2012.
21.02.2013 Sculptor Henik Loika detained for staging picket on International Mother Language Day
Henik Loika, sculptor and campaigner for the protection of the Belarusian language, was detained by the police this morning, after staging a picket outside a high school in Minsk, where his daughter is a student. The action was meant to attract public attention to the discrimination of Belarusian-speaking schoolchildren.