Week 2: December 26 – January 2

January 2nd, 2011   Theme: Belarus

The authorities close down the OSCE office in Minsk. The Belarusian Popular Front Party starts a civil committee for solidarity with political prisoners; the idea is to help arrested people.

December 26

KGB is continuing searches at the premises of democratic activists, among them activists of the movement For freedom, Dzianis Turčyniaka. The office of the news agency Belsat in Minsk is assaulted by the KGB.
Three activists from the Belarusian Christian Democracy are released after five days of imprisonment.
Andrej Dzmitryjeu is finally allowed to meet his lawyer. Uladzmir Niaklajeu is denied to meet his lawyer. Both represent Tell the truth.
According to the information from the Public Prosecutors Office there are 24 individuals suspected of illegal riots (criminal charge) on December 19, 2010. The 24th suspected is the chairman of the election team of Mikalaj Statkievič, who is arrested and taken to KGB jail.

December 27

New assaults and KGB is continuing its searches at the premises of democratic activists, among them participants of the demonstration on December 19, Mikita Lichavid. His computer, notebook and information from university are seized by the KGB. The flat of the sister of the candidate from the opposition Aleś Michalievič is searched by KGB, as well as the flat of Mikita Krasnou, a young democratic activist. Michaś Paškievič is arrested and convicted to 15 days of imprisonment. A campaign coordinator for a candidate from Belarusian Christian Democracy, Vital Rymaseuski, has spent his five days in prison in the town of Brest. Despite this, on the day of his supposed release he is transferred to Minsk for yet another Court process.
The Belarusian Popular Front Party starts a civil committee for solidarity with political prisoners, the idea is to help arrested people.

December 28

KGB is continuing searches at the locations of activists, among them Juraś Karetnikau, leader of the organisation Right Alliance; newspaper Naša Niva and Belarusian PEN-center; the flat of Paval Sieviaryniec’s (Belarusian Christian Democracy) parents is searched by the KGB, computers and leaflets are seized. The flat of the leader of the UCP Party, Anatol Labiedźka, is searched as well as the apartments of some other campaign coordinators for oppositional candidates.
Activist from the organisation of Malady Front (Young Front) is released after he was suspected for hooliganism during the demonstration on December 19. At the same time, two other activists from the same organisation, Źmicier Daškievič and Eduard Lobau, remain in KGB jail.
A delegation from the Belarusian democrat opposition is invited to the Lithuanian Parliament to discuss developments after the elections. Representatives from campaign teams of Uladzimir Niaklajeu, Ryhor Kastusiou and Vital Rymaseuski take part.
Yet another individual is suspected of mass riots on December 19 – Mikita Lichavid from the movement For freedom is arrested and put into KGB jail.

December 29

About 300 persons should be released, but some get prolonged imprisonment.
The KGB is continuing searches at the locations of democratic activists, among them Human Rights Defender Alena Tankačova; the flat of publisher Michaś Bašura. Several officers from KGB confiscate a lot of Michaś Bašura’s material, cameras, computer, mobile phones; etc.
At the office of the newspaper Naša Niva and Belarusian PEN-center 12 computers are confiscated by KGB. A correspondent of the state newspaper Znamia Yunosti is expelled from work after he refuses to write falsified information about the demonstration on December 19.
Ministry of Justice is threatening lawyers that defend the rights of political prisoners. Their registrations might be cancelled, making their work illegal.
Activists from the organisation Malady Front (Young Front) Źmiecier Daškievič and Eduard Lobau are not yet accused, but still they receive ten more days’ imprisonment – on the day they were supposed to be released.
Three democratic activists Franak Viačorka, Andruś Krečka and Antoś Kojpiš are arrested for organizing a solidarity action close to a jail, after the elections. Franak and Andruś get 12 days imprisonment and Antoś ten.

December 30

KGB is continuing searches at the locations of activists, among them Kaciaryna Tkačenka from the news agency Belsat. Her laptop is confiscated.
Alaksandr Milinkievič is called to the KGB for an interview regarding the investigation about the demonstration following the elections.
The leader of the UCP Party stops his hunger strike, Mikalaj Statkievič (Social Democratic Party) continues.

December 31

Belarusian officials inform that they are not going to prolong OSCE’s mandate in Belarus, which means that the OSCE office will have to be closed down.
KGB officers make a search at the flat of the journalist of the newspaper Naša Niva Julia Daraškievič and her husband Paval Juchniević, democratic activist from the Movement European Belarus. Later on he is arrested for ten days.
The authorities has opened a new criminal case claiming disrespect for state symbols, after someone during the demonstration on December 19 changed the flag on the KGB building, from state red-green to national white-red-white. Police is searching for the individuals that did this.

January 1, 2011

Two arrested from Ukraine are released.

 

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