News for 25 Apr 2013

UCP Mahiliou activists denied permission to hold Yury Zakharanka memorial picket

25.04.2013 UCP Mahiliou activists denied permission to hold Yury Zakharanka memorial picket

Mahiliou city executive committee banned a memorial picket to mark the 14th anniversary of the disappearance of former Minister of Defense Yury Zakharanka on the grounds that the UCP activists were going to stage the event in a location not approved by the officials.

Political prisoner Ales Bialiatski thanks singer Loreen for support

25.04.2013 Political prisoner Ales Bialiatski thanks singer Loreen for support

Ales Bialiatski wrote a letter to thank the winner of “Eurovision-2012” Loreen, who has repeatedly demonstrated her solidarity with the imprisoned human rights defender and his family.

Family of executed Uladzislau Kavaliou petition authorities to unveil burial site

25.04.2013 Family of executed Uladzislau Kavaliou petition authorities to unveil burial site

The mother and sister of Uladzislau Kavaliou, executed on charges of committing a terrorist act in Minsk metro in April 2011, have addressed President Lukashenka with a petition to unveil his burial site. Similar appeals were sent to the Interior Ministry and the Committee for State Security (KGB).

25.04.2013 Dunja Mijatovic: I will fight for Belarusian journalists

Conference on journalist security started on 23 April in Warsaw.

25.04.2013 Belpartizan website hacked

The Belarusian independent website was hacked on the morning April 25. The homepage demonstrated an address from anonymous hackers who claimed to be adherents of the Anonymous group.

Baranavichy: Free Trade Union denied premises for free consultations

25.04.2013 Baranavichy: Free Trade Union denied premises for free consultations

On April 24 an employee of the Baranavichy-based hotel “Haryzont-Tur” phoned local civil society activist Viktar Miaziak and reported that the administration would not provide the city office of the free trade union with premises requested by the Union earlier. The employee also said the hotel decided to terminate all relations with the trade union, without specifying any the reasons for this unexpected decision.

Andrei Kureichyk: “I do not believe that the death penalty will save us from crime” (Video)

25.04.2013 Andrei Kureichyk: “I do not believe that the death penalty will save us from crime” (Video)

Famous Belarusian and Russian screenwriter and actor Andrei Kureichyk signed a petition against the death penalty in Belarus.

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