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Brutal dispersal of protest event in support of Ukraine in Minsk


On March 2, activists of various civil society movements tried to hold a protest action near the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Minsk. They were met by paddy wagons and policemen, most of whom were dressed in civvies. The “men in civvies” acted violently: they didn’t even let the protesters unfurl any posters and streamers. More than 25 people were detained at once, including passers-by.

According to information of human rights defenders, among the detainees there are a “Nasha Niva” correspondent Iryna Arekhouskaya, journalists Siarhei Hapon, Uladzimir Hrydzin, Artsiom Liava, Vital Siamashka, Ina Studzinskaya and Yauhen Yerchak, as well as socio-political activists Auhinnia Bahinskaya, Zmitser Dashkevich, Viktar Dudko, Liudmila Karavianskaya, Yana Kazakova, Henadz Lutsenka, Stani...

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Journalists and activists detained on the Day of commemorating victims of stalinist repressions


Several journalists were temporarily detained in separate incidents today, including correspondents from the Mourning Marathon, commemoration of people who died from Stalin repressions.

The Mourning Marathon started from Kalvaryjski Cemetary: people lay flowers and lit candles, after which policemen arrived and asked the people to proceed to the police department. Journalists were detained together with participants of the action, in all more than 20 people, reported Belarusian association of journalists.

Among the detainees there were journalists Natallia Valakida, Siarhei Krauchuk, Natallia Benitsevich, Dzianis Nosau and Aliaksandr Korsakau. They were taken to the Frunzenski district police department, where they were searched, questioned and set free in an hour and a half.

The Mournin...

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Minsk City Court rejects appeal by Tatsiana Reviaka


The Minsk City Court considered today an appeal by human rights defender Tatsiana Reviaka lodged to contest a three million rubles fine handed down on her on August 6. As a result, Judge Aliaksei Bychko upheld the decision of Savetski District Court, dismissing the complaint.

Tatsiana Reviaka says she did not hope the court ruling would be cancelled, however, she took the opportunity to once again demonstrate the absurdity of the sentence. The human rights defender views today’s consideration of her appeal by the Minsk City Court as another step towards submitting a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee.

In her appeal, Tatsiana Reviaka stressed that the Law “On Mass Events” runs counter to the Constitution and restricts the rights prescribed by the International Covenant on Civil a...

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The Observatory: Sentencing of Uladzimir Labkovich and Tatsiana Reviaka



August 6, 2013

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

Description of the situation:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the sentencing of Mr. Uladzimir Labkovich and Ms. Tatsiana Reviaka, members of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) ‘Viasna’, after they took part in a solidarity action in Minsk on August 5, 2013 to mark the second anniversary of the arbitrary arrest of Mr. Ales Bialiatski, President of the HRC ‘Viasna’ and FIDH Vice-President.

According to the information received, on August 6, 2013, M...

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Human rights defenders Uladz Labkovich and Tatsiana Reviaka detained at action of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski


Yesterday, 4 August, marked the second anniversary of the arrest of Ales Bialiatski.

Solidarity actions were held all over Belarus. Round tables, pickets and public discussions on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Civil Society and Human Rights Movement of Belarus, were held abroad – in Kyiv, Vilnius, Moscow and other cities.

On 5 August an action of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski was held by Minsk human rights defenders. They handed out postcards with his portrait near the department store “TsUM”.

At 12.20 a.m. the police detained human rights defenders Uladz Labkovich and Tatsiana Reviaka and guarded them to the Savetski District Police Department. The detainees were given charges under Article 23...

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Journalists Detained When Covering Businessmen Strike

Three journalists were detained at noon today on their way from Zhdanovichy market to the Parking trade center in Minsk. Unidentified plain-clothed people blocked the journalists’ car, dragged them out from the car, forced them into a minibus and took to the police department.

The correspondent of the Radio Svaboda Ihar Karney, correspondent of Narodnaya Volya Ales’ Sivy, and the journalist of Natallia Kastsiukevich were preparing a report about the all-national strike of entrepreneurs: on June 27 sole traders are protesting against the technical regulations of the Customs Union “On safety of light industry” which envisages obtaining a certificate guaranteeing the good quality of goods imported from Russia...

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Arrests of ecological activists in Minsk

On April 26, 2013, officer of the criminal investigation police burst into the flat with ecological activists opposed to the construction of the nuclear plant in Belarus.

The chairperson of the Council of Ekodom Iryna Sukhiy, activists Vasil Siniukhin, Kanstantsin Kirylenka and Volga Kaskevich have been detained in a flat in Minsk centre close to the route of the Chernobyl Way rally. All of them were ordered to get into a grey minibus without registration plates.

By 9 p.m, when the protest rally was over, all of ecological activists were released from Pershamaiski police department.

Tatsiana Novikava, a coordinator of the Belarusian anti-nuclear campaign, commented to on detentions of ecological activists ahead of the Chernobyl Way rally :

“It is not the first time when ecolo...

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