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Human rights results of Ice Hockey Championship: Repressive machine shows its power in action

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Valiantsin Stefanovich, Deputy Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, in his interview for spring96.org, tells about the human rights results of the Ice Hockey World Championship, which was held in Minsk from 9 to 25 May.

- The Ice Hockey World Championship has just finished in Belarus. Ahead of the event, human rights defenders, and “Viasna” in particular, feared that it would be transformed into an ideological and politicized show by the Belarusian authoritarian regime. Have these fears come true?

– Unfortunately, we can state that our concerns, both about turning the event into a politicized show and the arbitrary preventive arrests, have come true...

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While the World Ice Hockey Championship takes place, violations continue … Video n°3

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Belarus is hosting the World Ice Hockey Championship, which started last Friday and will end on 25 May.

FIDH has made 3 short animated films to denounce the human rights violations taking place in Belarus. These abuses cannot be camouflaged by the Championship.

After the first two films about enforced labour and political prisoners in Belarus, see the third one.

Together, we can all help to denounce these violations very easily by circulating these short films on our social networks : Facebook, Instagram and Youtube

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Dzianis Karnou: There are opposition activists, tramps and prostitutes in Akrestsin Street detention center

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In the evening of May 16, Dzianis Karnou, an activist of the Young Front’s Salihorsk branch, was released from the Center of Isolation of Offenders located in Akrestsin Street in Minsk, after serving 20 days of arrest. After his release, he described the circumstances of his detention, the trial and conditions in prison.

The activist was detained in the night of 26 April, after the traditional demonstration of the pro-democratic community called “Chernobyl Way”.

I was detained together with Aliaksandr Kurbatski two blocks away from the Bangalore Square. A police bus appeared, a few riot policemen ran out, grabbed me and brought to the police station. At the trial, the same policemen were witnesses. They said that I swore and resisted when they were dragging me tothe police car...

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Journalists of a number of media not accredited to the Ice Hockey World Championship

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Journalists of a number of media have not been accredited to the Ice Hockey World Championship which takes place in Minsk. According to journalists who described the situation to the Belarusian Association of Journalists, they had applied for accreditation in due time, but eventually got apologies and denials.

BAJ spokesperson Barys Haretski: “Radio Liberty, BBC, European Radio, correspondent office of NTV and a number of other media working in Belarus have not received accreditation to the ice hockey championship. In most cases, the refusal was motivated by the fact that the International Ice Hockey Federation which was in charge of accreditation gave privilege to the specialized sports media.”

At the same time, according to the sport journalists, they saw even students of the Belaru...

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FIDH: While the World Ice Hockey Championship takes place, violations continue …

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Belarus is hosting the World Ice Hockey Championship, which started last Friday and will end on 25 May. For once, this country – usually ignored by the media and international public opinion – will be in the spotlight.

FIDH has made 3 short animated films to denounce the human rights violations taking place in Belarus.  These abuses cannot be camouflaged by the Championship. These three 15-second films will be aired during 3 big “game-days” : 13 May Norway / Sweden, 15 May Finland/Belarus, and 20 May Russia/Belarus.

Together, w...

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Swiss human rights defenders support civil society of Belarus

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Amnesty International’s Swiss branch calls Belarusian authorities for “fair play in the field of human rights” within an advocacy campaign coinciding with the World Ice Hockey Championship in Minsk

Human rights defenders from the Amnesty International inform different groups of the population about gross human rights violations in a country hosting a global sport event, and collect signatures under a petition calling for immediate and unconditional release of the Belarusian prisoners of consciousness – Mikalai Statkevich, Eduard Lobau and Ales Bialatski, and for the abolition of death penalty and all repressive laws.

 “Our campaign is continuation of the last year’s campaign for the abolition of the death penalty in Belarus, and continuation of our work to support prisoners of cons...

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European MP Marek Migalski not allowed to enter Belarus

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Following the head of the Swedish human rights organization Östgruppen Martin Uggla, member of the European Parliament Marek Migalski wasn’t allowed to enter Belarus as well. 

At night on 12 May, he was stopped in Brest when passengers of the train from Warsaw were passing the border control.

Member of the European Parliament Marek Migalski is known for his strong statements concerning the situation with human rights in Belarus. He is a strong advocate of tough measures against the Belarusian regime. Migalski also campaigned for a boycott of the World Ice Hockey Championship in Belarus due to repressions against the opposition.

Marek Migalski and his colleagues were kept on the Belarusian border until the morning train to Poland.

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Preventive detentions ahead of Ice Hockey World Championship – 2014

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Belarus continues practice of preventive detentions of its citizens ahead of Ice Hockey World Championship – 2014.

In general, the activists are being detained on purely fabricated, similar grounds such as “disorderly conduct” and “disobedience to the law-enforcement officials”. The courts conduct administrative trial proceedings formalistically, implicitly trust the law-enforcement officials and don’t take account of the evidence provided by the defense.

As of 8 May the following persons remain under arrest for prolonged period of time:

  1.       Zmicer Dashkevich – detained on 24.04.2014, sentenced to 25 days of arrest;
  2.       Aliaksandr Frantskevich – detained on 25.04.2014, sentenced to 25 days of arrest;
  3.       Yury Rubtsou – detained on 26.04...
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Östgruppen’s Chair Martin Uggla is not allowed to enter Belarus on the eve of 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship

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Chair of Swedish human rights organisation Östgruppen Martin Uggla who was going to visit Belarus has been detained in the transit zone of the National Airport “Minsk-2”. The border guards informed him verbally that he is prohibited from entering Belarus.

The border guards advised Uggla to buy a return ticket for today or to wait in a transit zone until Sunday as he already has a return ticket for that date.

In January, Martin wrote in his blog that Belarusian visas and accreditations are not beneficial for the Ice Hockey championship because foreign journalists wishing to receive accreditation to the tournament to be held this year in May would have to cover sport events only...

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Youth activists get arrested for 20 day before IIHF World Championship

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Minsk Lenin district court arrested a Young Front activist Mikhail Muski for 20 days. Radio Svaboda learnt about that from a human rights activist Nasta Lojka. The activist’s trial was led by the judge Mikhail Khoma.

Minsk Frunze district court sentenced a Young Front activist Mikalaj Dziemidzienka to a 20-day arrest under two articles of the Code on Administrative Conduct of the Republic of Belarus. The activist said that he had been detained the day before at the entrance to the house where he lives. During the trial the people in mufti, who had brought him to court, threatened independent journalists with administrative persecution for alleged disorderly conduct.

A Homel activist Andrej Cianiuta got arrested  for 10 days: 3 days for alleged fault language, 7 days for alleged insubordi...

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