Leader of the association “Alternative” sentenced to ten days of arrest


Aleh Korban, the leader of the public association “Alternative”, has been sentenced to ten days of arrest by the Frunzenski District Court of Minsk.

According to human rights activists, he was detained at 10 a.m. on August 12 near the metro station “Kamennaya Horka”. At the Frunzenski District Police Department he was charged under Article 17.1, “disorderly conduct”.

As stated by the “Alternative” activist Illia Dabratvor, released today after serving 14-day arrest, Aleh Korban was to have met him. However, when he didn’t come to the detention center, the activist understood that something was wrong. Mr. Dabratvor believes that the recent wave of arrests of “Alternative” activists is a deliberate harassment of the activists for the campaign “For independent Belarus”.

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Picket in support of political prisoners banned in Brest


Unlike other cities of Belarus, this action was scheduled fir 10 August, but the Brest City Executive Committee refused to authorize it, referring to the celebration of the Day of the builder.

According to human rights activist Uladzimir Vialichkin who has applied for the picket to the executive committee, he intended to hold the picket on the playground in the park of soldiers-internationalists, which was officially designated by the local authorities as a place for public events.

However, the authorities didn’t allow the picket, as at the specified time the playground would be allegedly used by “another event”. As it was found, the holding of the picket was impeded by festivities on the Day of the builder...

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Belarusian justice ministry denies registration for new human rights organisation


The Belarusian justice ministry has denied state registration for a new human rights organisation called the Movement for the Implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, or Pakt (Covenant).

The founders of the organisation filed a registration application and the required package of documents on June 27.

Mikhail Pastukhow, a former judge of the Constitutional Court, was elected chairman of the organisation at its founding conference held in Minsk on June 7.

Human rights defenders Viktar Karniyenka and Uladzimir Katsora were elected deputy chairmen, while Leanid Sudalenka was elected executive director.

The justice ministry denied registration under ridiculous pretexts, Dr. Pastukhow told BelaPAN...

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Mikalai Statkevich: “They won’t get a clemency petition from me”


With a few-days’ break, Bialynichy journalist Barys Vyrvich got a letter and a postcard from Belarusian political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich, with whom he maintains a regulard correspondence.

In particular, in the letter Mr. Statkevich expressed his attitude to the liberation of the head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski and wrote some interesting thoughts about the situation in our country and in the world in general.

“Like you, I am very glad at the release of Ales Bialiatski. I agree with you that my situation is quite different. There is a stalemate – the more they keep me, the more it costs them. On the other hand, the more they are afraid to release me. I will wait to see how it all ends. I know just one thing for sure – they won’t get a “petition” from me...

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Czech Foreign Minister receives Ales Bialiatski


Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Lubomír Zaorálek, received Belarusian activist Ales Bialiatski at the Czernin Palace on 5 August, 2014. Ales Bialiatski founded the most respected Belarusian human rights organization “Viasna”, which provides legal and financial support to the victims of Belarusian regime repressions.

The visit of Ales Bialiatski to the Czech Republic follows a few weeks after his release from jail. He was sentenced for 4.5 years in a trial based on fabricated charges in 2011. “Welcome in Prague and I am glad that you are free,” said Minister Zaorálek and added: “I would like to assure you that our support of democratic forces is permanent. I hope there will be a growing number of free thinking and pro-European people in your country.”

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Solidarity Day with Belarusian civil society : Ales Bialiatski urges people to support civil society in Belarus


August 4, the International Day of Solidarity with Civil Society and Human Rights Movement in Belarus, timed to the anniversary of the arrest of a recent political prisoner human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, is held in different countries of the world.

Conducting this day was initiated in 2012 by a coalition of non-governmental organizations of different countries to show solidarity with civilian forces in Belarus and moral support to human rights defenders and civil society activists, who continue to work in the country.

Solidarity of colleagues and unfamiliar people who supported us with their letters or through public actions, pickets, meetings with embassies and so on, means very much for all political prisoners, including myself“, said Ales Bialiatski in an interview with the ini...

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“Viasna” activists banned from holding August 4 pickets in ten cities

Applications for pickets for release of political prisoners, filed by human rights activists within the framework of the Day of Solidarity with Belarusian civil society, were turned down by the local authorities in Navapolatsk, Vitsebsk, Homel, Mozyr, Rechytsa, Zhodzina, Barysau, Baranavichy, Smarhon and Mahiliou.

As stated by the coordinator of the regional offices of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Dzmitry Salauyou, the prohibitions have formal grounds and came as no surprise to the applicants. Absence of service contracts with law enforcement agencies, medical service and the public utilities – this reason is stated in refusals to all applications for mass events filed by civil society activists.

These grounds for banning pickets do not comply with the current legislation...

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Independent Website Got Hacked Spreading False Info about Ukraine


Editors of the website of the international consortium Eurobelarus informed about an unprecedented hacker attack: for several days anonyms were publishing provocative materials about Ukraine on www.eurobelarus.info and promoted the information on social nets.

According to the editor Andrei Alexandrovich, the attack started last Thursday.

“We noted an unusual rise of visitors viewing not the main page but some earlier article. It turned out that the article was of provocative character and was not published by any of our editors.”

The false article was telling as if Poles in Lviv region started a petition to join the region to Poland. “The most interesting thing is that the article was written quite professionally and was actively promoted on social nets,” says the editor.

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Vasil Parfiankou’s father: Solitary confinement and no letters allowed


The father of political prisoner Vasil Parfiankou spoke about the detention conditions of his son in an interview to Radio Liberty’s Belarus service.

He sent a letter a week ago. He says that our last letter was received back on April 30. So our letters are not delivered to him. Then we sent him newspapers by a registered letter on May 5. He said that he did not receive the registered letter, either. So it goes. He’s in solitary confinement and he sees no one. The watchmen take him to the prison yard to walk for 30 minutes, that’s all his contacts with the world. You can go crazy! Let it be on their conscience”.

Vasil Parfiankou is held in the colony in Horki...

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Ales Bialiatski’s The Quicksilver of Life presented in Minsk


The Quicksilver of Life is the first book by Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and vice-president of FIDH Ales Bialiatski, which was presented in Minsk on July 22 with the participation of the author.

The former political prisoner was released a month ago, on June 21, when the book was already printed. But its presentation was put off till today. The book consists of a series of essays, or rather, letters from Ales Bialiatski, which he sent to his colleagues during his detention in Babruisk colony No. 2.

According to the compiler of the book, Alena Laptsionak, she literally had to decipher the complex handwriting of Viasna’s leader and then to send the text back for editing...

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