News for 9 Jan 2014

Prison administration doesn't pass medical parcel to political prisoner Mikalai Autukhovich

09.01.2014 Prison administration doesn't pass medical parcel to political prisoner Mikalai Autukhovich

According to Lidzia Avtukhovich, she sent her son the needed medication back on December 15. However, on December 26 she received a letter from him where he wrote that he still hadn't been handed over the medicines. "Sending a parcel from Vaukavyst to Hrodna may not take longer than two days”, said Lidziya Autukhovich. “ I'm very worried about why he delayed parcel . And I still do not have any information confirming its receipt.”

Protesting medics meet with officials of Minsk City Executive Committee

09.01.2014 Protesting medics meet with officials of Minsk City Executive Committee

A commission has been set up at the health committee of Minsk Executive Committee to consider the demands of the ambulance in Minsk, put forward in an appeal to the government.

Brest: court refuses to consider appeal concerning the formation of Brest City Election Commission

09.01.2014 Brest: court refuses to consider appeal concerning the formation of Brest City Election Commission

In his answer to local human rights defenders and civil society activists Judge Anatol Litouchyk explained that the case was outside the jurisdiction of the Brest Regional Court.

Political prisoner Ales Bialiatski sends greetings to Baranavichy human rights defenders and civil society activists

09.01.2014 Political prisoner Ales Bialiatski sends greetings to Baranavichy human rights defenders and civil society activists

Political prisoner Ales Bialiatski sent color postcards and congratulated Baranavichy human rights defenders Viachaslau Bolbat and Siarhei Housha and social activists Henadz Artsymenia, Anzhalika Kambalava and Viktar Syrytsa on the New Year and Christmas.

Presidium of Mahiliou Regional Court reversed the verdict on the case of “Volny Horad”

09.01.2014 Presidium of Mahiliou Regional Court reversed the verdict on the case of “Volny Horad”

On December 27, 2013 The Presidium of the Mahiliou Regional Court decided to annul the verdict of the Krychau District Court for June 17, 2013 concerning the claim of Cherykau PMK- 280 to the printed mass media “Volny Horad” and its journalists and terminate the proceedings. Yesterday the journalists received a copy of the verdict by mail.

Salihorsk District Election Commission tried to hold a closed sitting and threatened election observer

09.01.2014 Salihorsk District Election Commission tried to hold a closed sitting and threatened election observer

January 8 long-term observer of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Leanid Markhotka visited the sitting of Salihorsk District Election Commission, at which the electoral teams to collect signatures for nomination of candidates were registered.

“Young Front” activist expelled from college for political motives

09.01.2014 “Young Front” activist expelled from college for political motives

Unknown men in civilian clothes insisted on the expulsion of the activist.

09.01.2014 Burglar caught in Vilnius KGB archive

A woman noticed a man trying to get out of a window of the Special Archive situated in the Genocide Victims Museum. The archive contains KGB documents dating back to the Soviet time.

09.01.2014 Drunk frontier guards held villagers at gunpoint

The head of Lelchytsy checkpoint and his subordinate threatened villagers with guns for casting dubious glances on them.

Officials see no discrimination of Belarusian language speakers in the legislative process

09.01.2014 Officials see no discrimination of Belarusian language speakers in the legislative process

Human rights activist Valiantsin Stefanovich has received replies from the authorities to his appeal to the Constitutional Court concerning discrimination of Belarusian-speaking citizens – virtually all the laws in the country are adopted in Russian, there is no official translation of legal acts into Belarusian, the other official language of the country. However, the officials don't regard it as discrimination.

Is activity of Klimavichy District Executive Committee's administrative commission a state secret?

09.01.2014 Is activity of Klimavichy District Executive Committee's administrative commission a state secret?

On 8 January the publisher of the independent news bulletins "Klimavichy Infa-Panarama” Siarhei Arzhanets was denied the right to attend a sitting of the administrative commission of the Klimavichy District Executive Committee.

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