Week 4: January 11-17

January 11th, 2011   Theme: Belarus

The Belarusian Popular Front Party is officially appealing to make an international investigation of the events which took place on December 29, 2010. Markus Löning, representative from the Federal Government in Germany, on the request of Human Rights and Humanitarian Help is denied to meet political prisoners.

January 11

KGB is continuing searches at the locations of democratic activists, among them Mikalaj Pachabau, coordinator of the campaign Human Rights Defenders for Free elections. KGB officers are confiscating activists’ computers, flash cards, mobiles , etc. Following the searches most of democratic activists are ordered for questioning at the KGB.
Police and KGB are continuing to detain and question people about the demonstration on December 19. Among them is Mikalaj Pachabau, activist from the town of Brest. Juraś Bakur, For Freedom, was detained at the border.
The lawyer of the oppositional candidate Uladzimir Niaklajeu is appealing to the Court in Minsk, that detention in jail should be changed to detention in hospital due to Niaklajeu’s bad state of health. The court denies the appeal.
Uladzimir Chalip, farther of famous journalist Iryna Chalip, is withstanding two serious surgeries after his daughter together with her husband, oppositional candidate Andrej Sannikau, got arrested and is put into KGB’s jail.
Central court in the town of Salihorsk is ordering Uladzimir and Sviatlana Šyla, democratic activists, as well as human rights defender Alaksiej Valabujeu, to pay a fine of 2 275 000 Belarusian roubles (about 600 euro) for collecting the signatures against the illegal destruction of forests.
Democratic activist Michaś Paškievič is released from jail after 15 days imprisonnt for attending a solidarity picketing on December 21, outside the prison.

January 12

Searches are carried out at the locations of democratic activists, among them Larysa Ščyrakova from the Belarusian Association of Journalists and journalist Andrej Pacobut from the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. Andrej Pacobut is arrested and KGB is using force when questioning him. The same goes for Alaksiej Salej, photo correspondent from the local newspaper Głosznad Niemna. The offices of the BPF, Belarusian Social Democrats and UCP parties in the town o Hrodna are searched by KGB. Yet another search in the flat of oppositional candidate Andrej Sannikau and his wife, journalist, Iryna Chalip. Tania Sieviaryniec, mother of oppositional politician Paval Sieviaryniec, is detained by KGB at the railway station when she wants to buy a ticket to Warsaw. Tania Sieviaryniec and Milana Michalevic, wife of the oppositional candidate Ales Michalevic, are threatened by KGB … if they go to Poland to attend an official conference in the Parliament of Poland on about the situation in Belarus.
Police and KGB are detaining and questioning people about the peaceful demonstration on December 19 2010, Among them democratic activists from the town of Homiel Piotra Kuzniacou, Viktar Kazlou, Arciom Chmialnicki, Aleś Sivakou and journalist Larysa Ščyrakova. Viktar Sazounau, coordinator for Andrej Sannikau from the town of Hrodna, is detained by KGB.
KGB denied the oppositional candidate Ryhor Kastusiou (BPF) in leaving the country for Warsaw to take part in an official conference in the Polish Parliament about the situation in Belarus.

January 13

KGB is carrying out searches at the locations of democratic activists, among them Larter Viktar Kalesnikau, coordinator of election campaign of oppositional candidate Andrej Sannikau, is ordered to come to KGB for questioning.
Democratic activist, Kastus Zukouski, from the town of Homiel is arrested by KGB and sent to prison for 8 days being accused for disorderly conduct. He got arrested near the KGB building waiting for his friends who were questioned.
After questioning of Tacciania Sieviaryniec, mother of oppositional politician Paval Sieviaryniec, KGB takes her passport.
Milana Michalevic, wife of the oppositional candidate Ales Michalevic, in stopped and detained by Police when driving to Warsaw. She receives an official letter stating that she no longer is allowed to leave the country. She is forced to go back to Minsk, while, according to her, 2-4 KGB cars are following her.
To keep order in the country (it is said in an official letter) the Belarus Ministry of Justice is officially warning the Belarusian Helsinki Committee for inappropriate information to the international community about the actions of Belarusian authorities in regards to the developments in Belarus.

January 14

KGB is continuing searches at locations of democratic activists, among them activists of the campaign Tell the truth: Siarhiej Klujeu and Ihar Vinnikau as well as Volha Niaklajeva, wife of the oppositional candidate and famous writer Uladzmir Niaklajeu and Alena Famina, coordinator of the election campaign of the oppositional candidate Dzmitry Us. The office of the Independent Trade Union is also searched by KGB officers. KGB is confiscating all information, computers and all the literature by Uladzimir Niaklajeu.
Traffic Police is detaining leader of the local branch of the organisation Movement of Freedom in the town of Recyca. At the time he and some other people were handing out leaflets about the repressions after the elections.

January 15

KGB is conducting searches at the homes of Zmicier Salaujou, leader of the local branch of the BPF Party in the city of Mahilou and Alena Miadzviedzieva, activist of the campaign of Tell the Truth in the town of Babrujsk; as well as at the house of Viktar Fiedarovic, journalist of an Internet news-portal Naviny.by, and in the house of his parents in Minsk;
The Belarusian Popular Front Party is officially appealing to make an international investigation of the events which took place on December 29 2010 after the elections, demanding immediate release of political prisoners wherefore the part has begun informational campaign and collection of citizens’ signatures which will afterward be sent to the local authorities.
Markus Löning, representative from the Federal Government in Germany, on the request of Human Rights and Humanitarian Help is denied to meet political prisoners.
Natalia Iljinic, activist from PBF Party and teacher in the village of Talka, is told by the school administration that her contract won’t be prolonged.

January 16

A search is conducted by KGB at the home of Mikola Miacielica, democratic activist from the town of Bialynicy. The Committee of Internal Affairs in the city of Minsk is informing about the formation of yet another branch of the Special Police Forces.

January 17

KGB is continuing questioning and searches at the locations of democratic activists, among them Alesia Jaciuk who is detained in the center of Minsk and forced to attend a questioning at the KGB. Ivan Spasiuk, Viktoryja Hrysanava and Juras Bakur, democratic activists in the town of Brest, are detaineed for spreading leaflets about the repressions after the elections. Barys Harecki, correspondent from Radyjo Racyja is detained near the KGB building in Minsk, when interviewing families and friends who tried to leave parcels for prisoners. Raman Kislak, human rights defender is detained by Police near the City Council in Brest when spreading bulletins about the current situation in the country. Later on the Police confiscate all the material and release him. Ivan Kulikou, a potential candidate in the election campaign 2010 and member of National United Institute of Energetic and Nuclear Researches, is detained and his house is searched by KGB.
KGB is raiding the office of the human rights organisation Viasna. Ales Bialacki, chairman of Viasna is taken by KGB for questioning.
The Ministry of Information is sending an official warning to the independent newspaper Narodnaja Vola accusing journalists of writing about the youth organisation of Malady Front (Young Front) which is not registered by the Ministry of Justice.
KGB is questioning youth under the age of 18, without their parents consent. This is not allowed according to Belarusian law. One of the people is Vika Ladzis, activist from the organisation of Malady Front (Young Front).

 

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