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20 days of arrest for Illia Dabratvor


In the Leninsky district court of Minsk investigated an Administrative case of activist Illia Dabratvor. He was arrested before the start of the trial of Yury Rubtsou on September 16. Police officers didn’t like his shirt with the inscription “Freedom for political prisoners” that was the reason for the detention.

Dabratvor was brought to the court. He is accused of violating of the Article 17.1 (disorderly conduct) and 23.4 (disobedience for police officers). Witnesses who are the police officers also claim that Dobrotvor was drunk.

Judge Michail Homa refuses to conduct an examination for the presence of alcohol.

Policemen Victar Hadok and Maskalieu testified at trial that Dobrotvor had been swearing, they admonished him, but he didn’t react on it...

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Supreme Court outlaws Belsat TV channel name


The Supreme Court of Belarus has obliged the Polish Television today to stop using the Belsat trademark when broadcasting to the territory of Belarus.

The trademark is also banned from the use on Belsat’s web-page. The court also ruled to exact 9 998 800 Belarusian roubles of the judicial costs from the defendant, Radio Svaboda reports.

The lawsuit against Telewizja Polska SA, which owns the Belsat trademark, came from the owner of a Belarusian company Belsat Plus Andrei Beliakou in May last year.

According to the entrepreneur, his company, which sells the satellite and cable television equipment, allegedly suffered losses due to the similarity of the name and the one of the TV channel...

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Youth activist Pavel Vinahradau sentenced to 10 days of prison


On August 23, the Court of Minsk’s Maskouski district considered an administrative case against activist of the Zmena opposition movement Pavel Vinahradau. He was sentenced to 10 days of jail for alleged hooliganism (Article 17.1 of the Administrative Code).

Earlier that day, the activist’s apartment was visited by police officers who demanded that he opened the door. This is how he described it in his Facebook account: “They want the door opened. And I do not want to. We agreed that in two hours I will go out myself. I’ll go with the things, of course. Farewell, dear FB! See you in a couple of weeks.”

After a while Pavel Vinahradau went downstairs, where he was detained by police and taken to the police department of Maskouski district...

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Blogger’s Son Sentenced to Three Years’ Freedom Restriction and a Huge Fine


On July 18, the Court of Babruisk completed the trial of Aliaksei Zhalnou, son of a local blogger Aleh Zhalnou.

Judge Yuliya Beraziuk sentenced the 25-year old man to three years in an open penal colony. Aliaksei Zhalnou will also have to pay a fine of 50 million rubles in damages (around $5000). The plaintiff, a road policeman Aliaksandr Butouski, asked to recover from Zhalnou 100 million rubles, and the prosecutor demanded four years in a penal colony as a punishment for the blogger’s son. Aliaksei Zhalnou has ten days to appeal the verdict.

An aggravating factor in the case of Aliaksei Zhalnou could be his previous conviction. The young man said that it was because of this fact in his biography that he was targeted by the traffic police in order to avenge his father...

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Presidium of Supreme Court Remits Belsat-TV Case for Review


On June 24 the Supreme Court Presidium remitted the lawsuit of Andrey Belyakou against Belsat TV for review due to insufficient investigation of the matter in the previous hearings.

Today, the Supreme Court’s Presidium upheld the appeal of the Supreme Court’s deputy chair Aliaksandr Fedartsou to review the case of Belsat over the use of the trade mark.

The official representative of Belsat TV in Belarus Mikhail Yanchuk said that both parties were able to explain their standing at the hearing. “I tried once again to explain to the judges that the name as well as the logo of out TV channel were registered in Poland in 2006 in compliance with all European legal norms, and cannot anyhow violate Andrei Belyakou’s rights...

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The Observatory: Confirmation in appeal of the ban of a book written by Ales Bialiatski

Observatory Human Rights Defenders
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), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

New information :

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the confirmation in appeal of the ban of a book written by Mr. Ales Bialiatski, President of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) “Viasna” and FIDH Vice-President, who is serving 4,5 years’ imprisonment in relation to his human rights activities...

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Judge bans the book by Ales Bialiatski from Belarus


On February 11, the Ashmiany District Court announced its verdict on the civil lawsuit of the member of the HRC “Viasna” Tatsiana Reviaka against Ashmiany customs. The human rights defender filed a lawsuit against the ban on the import to the territory of Belarus of the book “Enlightened by the Belarusian Issue”, authored by Ales Bialiatski. Following two “expert examinations” the customs officers demanded that Tatsiana Reviaka re-export the forty copies of the book, seized from her at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border, to the territory of Lithuania, where the book was published.

After the parties were heard by the judge and the written materials of the case were studied, the court dismissed T. Reviaka’s appeal.

As stated by the human rights activist, she didn’t find anything in...

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“Relevant authorities” to decide on Ales Bialiatski’s book


On January 29, the Court of Ashmiany District held a preliminary hearing in the civil case against human rights defender Tatsiana Reviaka’s lawsuit against local customs officials, who prohibited the importation of Ales Bialiatski’s book “Asvechanyia Belaruschunai” (“Enlightened by Belarusianness”).

As reported by Tatsiana Reviaka, at today’s meeting, they requested access to certain documents, in particular the results of a re-examination of the edition, since it became the basis for Ashmiany customs’ decision to order re-export of the book to Lithuania.

The first expert examination was criticized by the human rights defenders in their repeated complaints submitted to the customs authorities...

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