News for 30 Apr 2013

FIDH and Viasna demand that charges dropped against those convicted after Chernobyl Way March

30.04.2013 FIDH and Viasna demand that charges dropped against those convicted after Chernobyl Way March

FIDH and the Human Rights Center “Viasna” demand that charges against six people, including two journalists, one human rights defender and one activist, be dropped in relation to their engagement in this years annual commemoration of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

Viasna joins campaign of solidarity with Russia’s civil society

30.04.2013 Viasna joins campaign of solidarity with Russia’s civil society

If challenging times are coming to Russia now, it is the time to pay attention to it, to support civil society groups and activists of Russia, to come together and to prove that the international civil society is alive and common values are more important for it than the borders between our countries.

Kalinkavichy UCP activist accused of starting fight

30.04.2013 Kalinkavichy UCP activist accused of starting fight

Dzianis Rabianok, activists of the United Civil Party of the town of Kalinkavichy, is facing charges under Article 9.1 of the Administrative Code, “intentional infliction of bodily injury, not entailing short-term loss of health.” Now the activist faces a fine of 10 to 30 basic units (1-3 mln rubles) or an administrative arrest.

30.04.2013 Organising committee of Chernobyl Way rally: It was abduction of demonstrators

Members of the organising committee for holding the Chernobyl Way rally had a press conference in Minsk. The website charter97.org has learnt it from Vital Rymasheuski, a co-head of the organising committee to found the Belarusian Christian Democracy party (BCD).

30.04.2013 Woman complained by phone and got fired after voice detection

It happened during “a hot line” with the head of Hrodna Province Executive Committee in March.

Minsk authorities ban May Day rally

30.04.2013 Minsk authorities ban May Day rally

Minsk city executive committee dismissed an application of the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions (BCDTU) asking for permission to hold a rally in support of workers’ rights on 1 May, bdkp.org reports.

Reporters Without Borders: Authorities try to suppress coverage of anti-nuke demos

30.04.2013 Reporters Without Borders: Authorities try to suppress coverage of anti-nuke demos

Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrests of at least six journalists on 26 April while they were covering anti-nuclear marches that environmentalists and opposition activists organize each year on the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Vitsebsk activists summoned to police over “Chernobyl picket”

30.04.2013 Vitsebsk activists summoned to police over “Chernobyl picket”

Yan Dziarzhautsau, member of the Conservative Christian Party BPF, received a summons saying he should appear at Kastrychnitski police department of Vitsebsk on April 30 to provide explanations about the picket he had staged to mark the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, along with another CCP-BPF member Vital Kavalenka, brother of the famous activist Siarhei Kavalenka.

30.04.2013 Andrei Haidukou’s case may reach court soon

The suspect in the “spying” case Andrei Haidukou has been studying the case file, his mother Volha told to the website charter97.org.

30.04.2013 Belsat TV denied accreditation again

The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs refused to accredit the Poland-based Belsat TV channel, referring to repeated offences by the channel’s journalists while working in Belarus, www.belsat.eu said on Monday.

 April 30 — International Day of Solidarity with Russian Civil Society

30.04.2013 April 30 — International Day of Solidarity with Russian Civil Society

Nowadays Russian and international civil society face a great challenge. Russian civil society needs our help and international solidarity!

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