Week 40, September 20-26

September 26th, 2011   Theme: Belarus

The investigator of the Financial Investigation Department of the State Control Committee dismisses a request sent by Ales Bialiatski’s wife, appealing for a meeting after not being allowed to meet husband since August 5 The Lithuanian authorities express their intention to add 18 more Belarusian officials to those banned from entering Lithuania

September 20

Andrei Tsianiuta and Vasil Takarenka, democratic activists in Homiel, are detained and taken to Chyhunachny District Police Department.

Dzmitry Shauchenka, another democratic activist from Homiel is sentenced to 15 days in jail for distributing leaflets on the upcoming “silent protest”, and, as a result of an unjustified imprisonment, he has declares a hunger-strike.

Meanwhile, Dzmitry Karashkou, Homiel civil activist, who previously was convicted for participation in the same picket is released. When releasing him the Police drove him out of the city centre, while his wife and supporters were waiting for him outside the jail.

The investigator of the Financial Investigation Department of the State Control Committee dismisses a request sent by Ales Bialiatski’s wife, appealing for a meeting with the imprisoned leading human rights defender and chairman of the Human Rights Organisation Viasna. The authorities did not provide any official explanation for the denial: his wife has not been allowed to see her husband in prison since August 5.

 

September 21

Yauhen Vaskovich, oppositional activist of the Belarusian Christian Democracy, faces another criminal prosecution for alleged disobeying the prison’s internal regulations. According to his wife, Yauhen Vaskovich has not been allowed to see his family or receive food from outside.

He is charged in accordance with the article 411 of the Criminal Code (malicious disobeying of the prison administration’s orders).

Yauhen Vaskovich has been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for alleged “arson of the KGB building in the town of Babruisk”.

Volha Padzeryna, oppositional activist of the United Civil Party, is sentenced to ten days administrative arrest by the Leninski District Court of the City of Minsk. The UCP Party activist was detained on September 18, for pasting stickers of the “Revolution through social networks” campaign. Afterwards she was charged according to the article 21.14 of the Administrative Code she was released. Despite this, sometime later the activist received a phone call from the Department of Leninski District in Minsk and was asked to pick up her belongings that were seized during the arrest. Arriving at the Police station she was taken to Court and was accused of violation of the order of mass events in accordance with the article 23.34 of the Administrative Code and under Article 21.14 of the Administrative Code.

 

September 22

The Lithuanian authorities express their intention to add 18 more Belarusian officials to those banned from entering Lithuania. The threat is expressed in connection to the detention of Ales Bialiatski, Belarusian leading human rights defender, who is in prison and faces serious charges – which may lead to up to seven years in prison.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania informs that Lithuania has already called on other EU member states to consider a possibility of adding more Belarusian officials to their national lists of persons declared persona non grata in their countries.

Andrei Tsianiuta and Vasil Takarenka, democratic activists from Homiel, stand before the Court for distributing leaflets. The Court sentences Andrei Tsianiuta to ten days in prison and Vasil Takarenka to a fine of 350,000 Belarusian roubles (about €47).

 

September 23

Unknown individuals attack the headquarters of the Independent trade union of radio and electronic industry situated in Minsk. Windows in the premises are broken and doors smeared with black paint.

 

September 24

Aleh Korban, Chairman of the United Civil Party’s Youth Organisation, is arrested at the Lithuanian border. The criminal case against him has recently been suspended. However, he is still not allowed to travel abroad. According to the border patrol, he is on a travel ban list.

 

September 25

Uladzimir Labkovich, human rights defender and member of the Belarusian Popular Front Party, is arrested shortly after a picket marking the 49th birthday of Ales Bialiatski, Chairman of the Human Rights Organisation Viasnia and vice-president of the International Human Rights Federation. The picket was staged outside the detention centre. Uladzimir Labkovich was released with no charges after three hours at the Police station.

 

September 26

Andrzej Poczobut, famous journalist and correspondent of the Polish leading newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza in Belarus, is told that he is not allowed to leave Belarus. The authorities have not informed him why.

Andrzej Poczobut has been sentenced to probation for allegedly slandering President Aliaksandr Lukashenka. There are further limitations: he cannot change place of residence without permission, and he is supposed to register three times a month.

Dzmitry Us, presidential candidate in the presidential elections 2010, who is serving a 5,5 years imprisonment is transmitted from prison in Mahiliou to a hospital in Minsk.

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