News for 4 Aug 2013

Homel human rights defender holds action of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski (photos)

04.08.2013 Homel human rights defender holds action of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski (photos)

On 4 August Homel human rights activist Anatol Paplauny held an action of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski. He distributed several hundred of postcards with information about the well-known human rights activist, political prisoner who had been arrested by the Belarusian authorities on 4 August 2011.

Statement: “Viasna” demands immediate and unconditional release of Ales Bialiatski and all political prisoners

04.08.2013 Statement: “Viasna” demands immediate and unconditional release of Ales Bialiatski and all political prisoners

4 August marks two years since the arrest of our friend and colleague, the chairman of the Human Rights Center "Viasna", vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights, who was sentenced to four and a half years in prison.

Head of Mahiliou Regional Court reverses ruling for punishment of Valery Vusik for libel and distribution of independent press

04.08.2013 Head of Mahiliou Regional Court reverses ruling for punishment of Valery Vusik for libel and distribution of independent press

On 3 August Valery Vusik, civil activist from the village of Lebiadzianka in the Bialynichy district, received by mail a ruling of Ihar Prashko, the head of the Mahiliou Regional Court, to his review appeal against the ruling of the Bialynichy District Court, which entered into legal force and according to which he was punished with a fine of 5 million rubles.

Detentions after solidarity action in Mahiliou

04.08.2013 Detentions after solidarity action in Mahiliou

Social activist Dyiana Yakauleva was detained by the riot police and guarded to the police station in Krylenka Street. Human rights defenders Barys Bukhel and Aliaksei Kolchyn are trying to clear the circumstances of the detention.

Belarusian Association of Journalists addresses head of penal colony No. 2 in Babruisk

04.08.2013 Belarusian Association of Journalists addresses head of penal colony No. 2 in Babruisk

Members of the journalist organization state that according to the recent information, received from the correctional facility, groundless penalties were issued to human rights defender Ales Bialiatski who is serving his term there.

04.08.2013 Two years have passed since arrest of Ales Bialiatski

Today marks exactly two years since the arrest of Ales Bialiatski - Vice prezident of the International Federation for Human Rights, the head of the human rights center "Viasna", closed by the Belarusian authorities. The International Day of Solidarity with Civil Society of Belarus is timed to this date.

US Department of State's statement on Second anniversary of Ales Bialiatski's arrest

04.08.2013 US Department of State's statement on Second anniversary of Ales Bialiatski's arrest

August 4 marks the second anniversary of the arrest of Ales Bialiatski, Chairman of leading Belarusian human rights organization Viasna and a winner of the Department of State’s 2011 Human Rights Defender Award.

15 European MPs issue joint statement on international Day of Solidarity with Civil Society in Belarus

04.08.2013 15 European MPs issue joint statement on international Day of Solidarity with Civil Society in Belarus

On initiative of Marek Migalski, Polish member of European Parliament, and Swiss-German human rights watchdog Libereco - Partnership for Human Rights, 15 international members of parliament issued the statement below on the human rights situation in Belarus.

BCD demands information about the fate of priest Uladzislau Lazar

04.08.2013 BCD demands information about the fate of priest Uladzislau Lazar

The organizing committee of the party "Belarusian Christian Democracy" demands that the KGB provide complete information about the fate of the detained priest Uladzislau Lazar.

Smaliavichy dissenters pass signatures to district authorities

04.08.2013 Smaliavichy dissenters pass signatures to district authorities

On Friday, 2 August, activists of the movement against the construction of the Belarusian-Chinese industrial park passed to the Smaliavichy District Executive Committee 749 signatures under the protest statement.

Barysau: human rights defender didn't manage to find about the location of priest Uladzislau Lazar

04.08.2013 Barysau: human rights defender didn't manage to find about the location of priest Uladzislau Lazar

A month ago the Barysau society was astonished by the news about the arrest of reverend Uladzislau Lazar, rector of the local parish of Holy Spirit, and his placement in the remand prison of the KGB. Human rights defender Maryna Statkevich unsuccessfully tried to find out where he was kept, in order to pass him the necessary things.

Hrodna: picket banned, police inspector warns people about responsibility

04.08.2013 Hrodna: picket banned, police inspector warns people about responsibility

Hrodna human rights defenders were the last in Belarus to be denied a picket on 4 August in support of the imprisoned head of the HRC "Viasna" Ales Bialiatski. Human rights defender Uladzimir Khilmanovich received an appropriate letter from the Brest City Executive Committee on 3 August.

Commemoration of Mikhail Valovich went under police surveillance

04.08.2013 Commemoration of Mikhail Valovich went under police surveillance

The traditional annual commemoration of a leader of the uprising of 1830-1831 against the Russian Empire, Michail Valovich, and his associates, took place in the village of Parechcha of the Slonim district.

Brest authorities ignore results of public discussion

04.08.2013 Brest authorities ignore results of public discussion

The activists of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) received a response from the Brest City Executive Committee concerning their statements regarding the construction of a multi-stored building on the site of a stadium in a Rechytsa suburb.

Bialynichy activists send solidarity postcards to political prisoners

04.08.2013 Bialynichy activists send solidarity postcards to political prisoners

On 2 August social and political activists from Bialynichi district, including members of the Belarusian Popular Front and the civil campaign “Tell The Truth”, sent postcards of solidarity to Belarusian political prisoners. The event was timed to the second anniversary of the arrest of the head of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Ales Bialiatski and to the International Day of Solidarity with Belarusian civil society, marked on 4 August.

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