Week 16, April 5-11

April 11th, 2011   Theme: Belarus

Anatol Liabiedzka, leader of the United Civil Party, is released from the KGB jail. The Belarusian authorities officially restrict the access to two most popular oppositional websites.

April 5

Minsk City Court dismisses appeals from the lawyers of three democratic activists Alaksandr Atroscankau, Dzmitry Novik and Alaksandr Malcanau, who were sentenced to long-time imprisonment in accordance with criminal case of “mass riots”.
Saviecki district Police department in Homiel initiates an administrative case in accordance with the article 23.4 against Vasil Palakou, democratic activist from the UCP Party after the activist has refused to give fingerprints when the Police tried to force him.

April 6

Kaciaryna Hierasimcyk, a student at the State Medical University in Hrodna, is fined to 525 000 Belarusian rubles (about 125 €) by the Leninski district court. The court accused Kaciaryna Hierasimcyk of making a graffiti saying “Luku na muku” (Tear Luka to pieces).
The KGB searches the house of parents of Natalia Radzina, journalist of the most popular independent news agency Charter97. Natalia Radzina herself fled the country on March 31 before KGB managed to interrogate her.
Tacciania Hracanikava, participant in the peaceful demonstration after the elections on December 19 2010, gets seriously ill. She had a hospital appointment on December 20 2010 but was arrested on the Independence Square after the elections and sentenced to 15 days in prison. The Police and the court refused her to attend the surgery, resulting in her getting third degree cancer.

April 7

Anatol Liabiedzka, leader of the United Civil Party, is released from the KGB jail on recognizance not to leave. During the election campaign, Anatol Liabiedzka was the agent of the UCP’s presidential candidate Jaraslau Ramancuk. He was one of the arrested accused in the criminal case of “mass riots” and was arrested in the night after the elections on December 19. He was picked up from his own flat and brought by KGB officers to the KGB jail. Since that time he has been in custody and for several months he was not allowed to meet his lawyer – not until March 23.
Andrej Paczobut, correspondent of one of Poland’s largest newspapers Gazeta Wyborcza in Belarus, is arrested for three days. According to the authorities, the reason for the arrest is Andrej Paczobut’s violation of his recognizance not to leave. On April 7, the correspondent wanted to take part in live link-up from the Council of Europe together with the delegation of the EU-Parliament on Belarusian issues.
The local Police in the town of Biaroza forbid human rights defender and journalist, Tamara Scapiotkina, to leave her house due to Alaksandr Lukashenka’s visit to the town.

April 8

Alaksandr Fiaduta, political analyst and coordinator of the electoral team of Uladzimir Niaklajeu and accused in the criminal case of “mass riots”, is released from the KGB jail on recognizance not to leave. He was arrested on December 20 and spent more than three months in jail.

Vasil Palakou, democratic activist from the UCP Party in Homiel, stand before the Court of the Saviecki district in accordance with a recently initiated administrative case against him. According to the article 23.4 he is accused of not obeying the officials in refusing to give his fingerprints. Vasil Palakou asks the court to study the material; the court approves his motion and postpones the trial until the 13th of April.
The KGB carries out the third search of the flat of former oppositional candidate Uladzimir Sannikau and his wife Iryna Chalip, famous Belarusian independent journalist.
Siarhiej Kavalenka, famous democratic activist in Viciebsk, is transmitted to hospital after being on a hunger strike against the unlawful arrests. On the same day, the activist is released from hospital but immediately arrested and sentenced to another 12 days in jail. However, in the same evening, the Police suddenly release the activist. This was the second detention in a row for Siarhiej Kavalenka. He was arrested on Freedom Day March 25 and sentenced to several days’ imprisonment. He was released on April 1, but five minutes after leaving jail, he is once again arrested. The Police initiated a new case against him and accused him of “break of the jail regime”. As a result, Siarhiej Kavalenka is sentenced to another 15 days imprisonment. The activist declared a hunger strike in protest against the repressions against him and issued several complaints to the local Prosecution Office.

April 10

Another administrative case is initiated by the Police against Ryhor Lukjancuk, worker of the Belarusian railway, according to the article 23.4 for refusing to give fingerprints. The trial is due on April 14.

April 11

The Belarusian authorities officially restrict the access to two most popular oppositional websites, blocking Charter97 and Belarusianpartizan.org.
A bomb attack in the Minsk subway station Kastrychnitskaya kills 13 people and injures over 200 people.
Sviatlana Rudkouskaja, democratic activist of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, is fired from her two jobs at the same time after taking active part in the election campaign. Sviatlana Rudkouskaja was chairwoman of two household co-operatives in the town of Hrodna. She took active part in the independent election observation and made numerous complaints about the unlawful election process

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