Week 30, July 12-18

July 18th, 2011   Theme: Belarus

Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the EU, condemns the brutal handling of peaceful protesters.

July 12

Kaciaryna Radzivilka, the pregnant woman who was arrested on July 3 during a silent protest on Pryvakzalnaja Square in Minsk, miscarries. According to eyewitnesses, thugs in plainclothes seized the young pregnant woman and threw her into a Police van. Pleas to spare the woman were met with aggression of the policemen.

The young woman was released from the Kastrycnicki District Police Department two hours after detention. Her husband was sentenced to an administrative arrest.

Mikalaj Karnievic, correspondent of Radio Liberty, is fined by Leninski Court of Hrodna to 1 050 000 Belarusian roubles (about 150 €). The Court finds the correspondent guilty of participating in an unauthorised event, organised on July 3. The Court ignores an official document which confirms that Mikalaj Karnievic had accreditation to work during the events on July 3.

Mikita Lichavid, oppositional activist from the organisation of Movement for Freedom who has been sentenced to 3,5 year in prison, is put in a penal cell for 20 days. The activist’s right to make purchases in the prison shop has been restricted as well — he is now allowed to spend only 70,000 Belarusian roubles (about 10€) a month on food instead of the regular 200,000 Belarusian roubles (about 28€).

July 13

People gather on the central squares of their towns for another silent protest. Hundreds of people gather to protest against the regime. Dozens of people are detained, most of them sentenced to 3 to 15 days in prison, others are fined big sums of money.

Mikalaj Cartkou, distributor of the Tut i Zaraz independent bulletin, is fined 70,000 (about 10€) roubles by Navapolack local Court in accordance with article 17.1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses, “disorderly conduct”. Mikalaj Cartou was detained on July 10 and kept in jail till the trial. Moreover, he was charged with illegally distributing of mass media (Article 22.9 of the CAO).

Hrazyna Salkievic, journalist of independent Radio Racyja, is fined by Leninski Court of Hrodna to 1,050,000 Belarusian roubles (about 150 €). The Court finds guilty the journalist for participating in an unauthorised event which was organised on July 3.

July 14

Zmicier Litvin, one of the leaders of the Belarusian Christian Democracy in Viciebsk, is dismissed from the footwear factory BelWest for inviting his colleagues to join the silent protests actions that are held in Belarus on Wednesdays. The head of his workshop, Ihar Ivasniou, explained to Zmicier Litvin that he was dismissed from work for these talks with the workers.

The Navapolack Town Court considers the administrative cases of the civil activists detained during the silent protest action on July 13.

Alaksandr Hrudnicki, who was detained together with his six-year-old son, was fined 700,000 rubles (about 100 €), Jauhien Kanstancinau – 350,000 (about 50€) rubles and Alaksej Trubkin – 700,000 rubles (about 100€).

All of them are found guilty of violating Article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offenses, “participation in an unauthorised mass event”.

July 15

Ivan Syla, Deputy Chair of the youth organisation Young Front, is detained and sentenced to 8 days in prison by local Court in Salihorsk. The activist was detained on July 13 in the evening in a supermarket. The Court finds Ivan Syla guilty in participating in a silent protest.

July 17

Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the EU, condemns the brutal handling of peaceful protesters. According to the statement, the EU foreign policy chief “also condemns the seemingly explicit targeting by the authorities of journalists who cover these protests.” Furthermore “[t]he High Representative urges the Government of Belarus to respect the rights of the people of Belarus, including the freedom of expression and assembly, and to release and drop all charges against those detained or sentenced. She also reiterates her call for the immediate and unconditional release and rehabilitation of all political prisoners.”

July 18

Jury Bacuk, oppositional activist from the youth group Young Belarus, is fined 1,400,000 Belarusian roubles (about 200€) by Leninski Court in Brest. The Court finds the activist guilty of resisting police officers and of using obscene language.

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