Senator John McCain and the President of the European People’s Party (EPP) Wilfried Martens, jointly called on Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office to release on bail Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of the Batkivshchyna Party and former Prime Minister, following her dubious detention on August 5, 2011.

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Week 36, 23-30 August

August 30th, 2011   Theme: Belarus

The Department of Interior Affairs of the City of Minsk suspends criminal cases on “mass riots” against several oppositional activists. At the same time a number of human rights defenders get arrested across the country for support and solidarity with Viasna leader Ales Bialacki. (more…)

Article by Aramis L. Perez, publiched by Heritage Foundation August 30 2011

As attention focuses on the Middle East and North Africa, where protesters have taken to the streets to demand political change, some wonder whether Cuba will follow suit. A closer look at the island, where freedom fighters wage a nonviolent struggle against a regime desperate to conceal the effectiveness such methods have met during the “Arab Spring,” reveals good news: a big story that cuts through the bleak reality of 52 years of totalitarian rule and the media noise fueled by pro-regime talking points. Continue reading…

The Nordic and Baltic countries today signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding posting of diplomats in each other’s missions abroad. The agreement will facilitate the Nordic and Baltic countries to maintain a diplomatic presence around the world through flexible and cost effective solutions.

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Article by Juan O. Tamayo, published in the Miami Herald on August 29, 2011

For the first time in years, Cuban police used tear gas in a raid over the weekend. Women also accuse police of beating and sexually harassing them over. (more…)

Week 35, August 16-22

August 22nd, 2011   Theme: Belarus

The Court dismisses a complaint that pre-trial restrictions, of personal freedom, are imposed on Ales Bialacki following his arrest. Polish Prosecutor General informs that a number of Polish officials are linked to the disclosure of Ales Bialacki’s bank account and that they are fired. (more…)

The explosive expansion of the Internet has transformed the world: Today there are over 2 billion internet users, new industries have evolved and revolutions been sparked, notes Veiko Lukmann who is advisor to the Defence Minister of Estonia. He writes about the Nato Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre in Tallinn. (more…)

Week 34, August 8-15

August 15th, 2011   Theme: Belarus

President Alaksandr Lukashenka pardons and releases several political prisoners sentenced for “mass riots”. The investigation in the case of ”December 19, mass riot” against Anatol Liabiedzka, chairman of the United Civil Party, is being resumed.

Secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has elected Minister for Development Assistance Gunilla Carlsson to be part of the United Nations’ new high-level panel on global sustainability.

– I am happy to be a part of this panel on such an important issue for all of humanity. It is also an acknowledgement of Sweden’s very goal-oriented work for a sustainable environment – for people in both developed and developing countries, says Minister for Development Assistance Gunilla Carlsson.

Today Monday August 8, 2011, during the hearing of Yulia Tymoshenko’s criminal case, the Court dismissed an appeal from the former prime minister to release her from jail. Last Friday Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine’s top opposition leader and former prime minister, was arrested during her own trial following the judge’s decreed she was guilty of “systematically” disrupting proceedings. Yulia Tymoshenko was led from the courtroom and transferred to a detention centre under heavy police escort.

According to the judge there is no reason to change the decision regarding arrest because, in the appeal from Yulia Tymoshenko’s defense, there is no objective explanation in accordance with the Ukrainian law.  (more…)