News on the topic: national minorities

Interior Ministry sees no discrimination in articles about Roma

20.02.2013 Interior Ministry sees no discrimination in articles about Roma

Homel human rights defender Marya Klimovich received a reply to her appeal to the Interior Ministry on reported instances of discrimination of Roma people. In her appeal, the activist argued that the police newspaper “Na Strazhe” (“On Guard”) specifies the nationality of criminals, in particular Roma, which leads to discrimination based on ethnicity.

Homel rights defenders re-address Minister of Internal Affairs on “Roma issue”

21.01.2013 Homel rights defenders re-address Minister of Internal Affairs on “Roma issue”

Homel human rights defenders Marya Klimovich and Ales Yauseyenka submitted another statement to Interior Minister Ihar Shunevich urging him to promptly address the so-called “Roma issue”. In June 2012, they filed an appeal to the Interior Minister with a request not to specify the nationality of criminals in mass media publications, so that it did not lead to discrimination based on nationality.

Informal legal school for Roma people to be arranged in Homel

20.11.2012 Informal legal school for Roma people to be arranged in Homel

Homel human rights activists announced yesterday the opening of a legal school for Roma. The decision was made based on the results of a roundtable discussion on Roma-related discrimination. The event was organized by local activists of the organizing committee of the party "Belarusian Christian Democracy".

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Information point at each other in case of Roma discrimination

10.07.2012 Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Information point at each other in case of Roma discrimination

Members of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Maryia Bahdanovich and Ales Yauseyenka have received an answer from the Ministry of Internal Affairs towards their application concerning discriminative statements in the press about Roma nationals.

Hrodna authorities ban pickets in support of Polish minority school

23.05.2012 Hrodna authorities ban pickets in support of Polish minority school

Hrodna city executive officials have banned the holding of a series of pickets in support of retaining Polish-language education at a local secondary school attended by representatives of the city’s Polish minority.

Baranavichy authorities block registration of Ukrainian minority NGO

22.05.2012 Baranavichy authorities block registration of Ukrainian minority NGO

It is two years since Baranavichy activist Mikalai Charnavus started applying for the registration of a local Ukrainian minority NGO “Kobzar”. His latest visit to chairman of Brest regional executive committee Kanstantsin Sumar was not optimistic, as the high official said the NGO could only be registered after 15 mln rubles were donated to the city budget.

Human rights defender opposes Roma-phobia

04.05.2012 Human rights defender opposes Roma-phobia

On 3 May the member of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Maryia Bahdanovich applied to the head of the main ideological bureau of the Homel Regional Executive Committee, Iryna Dauhala.

Baranavichy Ukrainian minority activist appeals arrogation charges

16.02.2012 Baranavichy Ukrainian minority activist appeals arrogation charges

On 16 February, Baranavichy entrepreneur Mikalai Charnavus lodged a complaint with Brest Regional Court, appealing 10 February conviction for alleged usurpation of power during the creation of the Kobzar Ukrainian minority association.

Baranavichy officials accuse Mikalai Charnavus of “arbitrary rule”

10.01.2012 Baranavichy officials accuse Mikalai Charnavus of “arbitrary rule”

On 9 January Baranavichy-based civil activist Mikalai Charnavus was summonsed to room #106 of the Main Police Department of Baranavichy, located in 50 Years ULKSM Street, 1. As he found from the talk with police major Vital Dabrachynski and police lieutenant Aliaksandr Samtsevich, Baranavichy officials accused him of arbitrary rule.

All is quiet in Belarus, says Committee for Religions and Nationalities

16.03.2010 All is quiet in Belarus, says Committee for Religions and Nationalities

Inter-ethnic relations are taking a normal and conflict-free course, said Mikhail Rybakou, spokesman of the State Committee for Religions and Nationalities, at a press-conference in Minsk.

02.03.2010 Polish Embassy protests against slander of Belarusian TV

The Embassy of Poland in Minsk has spread a communiqué denying information of the Belarusian state-run TV channels.

Assembly of Pro-democratic NGOs voices support to the Polish minority

16.02.2010 Assembly of Pro-democratic NGOs voices support to the Polish minority

The leadership of the Assembly of NGOs issued an official statement to condemn the unlawful actions of the Belarusian authorities towards members of the Union of Poles in Belarus not recognized by them.

15.02.2010 Detentions and trials of members of disgraced Union of Poles

In Hrodna, the police detained Ihar Banatsar, press secretary of the Union of Poles in Belarus. Mechyslau Yaskevich and Andrei Pachobut, UPB members, were detained on the way to Minsk.

Hrodna: members of the disgraced Union of Poles are summoned for interrogations

11.02.2010 Hrodna: members of the disgraced Union of Poles are summoned for interrogations

On 11 February the police paid a visit to the Polonika, the Hrodna firm headed by Anzhalika Borys, Chairperson of the Union of Poles in Belarus in disgrace, to serve writs for interrogations to Mrs. Borys, Andrei Pachobut, Mechyslau Yaskevich and Ihar Bantsar.

Hrodna: action of Union of Poles took place under police surveillance

10.02.2010 Hrodna: action of Union of Poles took place under police surveillance

At 1.20 p.m. two police officers and a cameraman came to the Polonika firm. They warned Andrei Pachobut, Chairperson of the Main Council of the Union of Poles in Belarus in disgrace, that activists of the organization were preparing an unauthorized action.

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