Week 41, September 27-October 3

October 3rd, 2011   Theme: Belarus

September 27

The Police are carrying out a search at the flat of Viktar Budzinayeu, chairman of the United Civil Party branch in the town of Babruisk. According to the activist, the search may have connections to the production of printed oppositional materials.

The three imprisoned democratic activists Andrus Tsianiuta, Kanstantsin Zhukouski and Zmitser Shauchenka, declare a hunger strike against unlawful imprisonment. The activists informed that they only will drink water and juice that they receive from their friends and relatives. The prison administration confirms the information, but refuses to provide more info.

Zmitser Shauchenka was arrested on September 17 for dissemination of the information about the upcoming “silent action”. The court sentenced him to 15 days of detention. Andrei Tsianiuta was sentenced to 10 days of detention for dissemination of the information about the People’s Assembly. Zhukouski was arrested just before the “silent action” on September 21 and sentenced to 15 days of detention despite the fact that his leg was broken during the arrest procedure.


September 28

The last case on “criminal riots” after December 19, 2010, will be considered by the Maskouski District Court in Minsk on October 12.

Svyataslau Baranovich is accused of participation in the peaceful manifestation against the falsified presidential elections 2010. Svyataslau Baranovich had been in custody since June 15 but the Court released him on recognisance on August 29. The accused is 25 years old and he works as a builder.

Viktar Kalesnik, oppositional activist from the organisation European Belarus, is arrested and taken to the local Police department in the town of Lepel. The activist was arrested in his car when he was transporting oppositional materials about the People’s Assembly and the independent newspaper Nasha Niva.


September 29

Viktar Tsiapin, oppositional activist from the left party Fair Worldfrom the town of Baravichy, is arrested by the local Police and taken to the police department. The activist is charged with violation of procedures for holding mass events. Viktar Tsiapin was arrested at his working place.

Alisa Pol, correspondent for the Brestski Kuryer newspaper, is arrested by the Police while conducting an opinion poll. The correspondent was asking people about their wages, how much they’d like to earn, what they can buy for the money they have and what that has to done to improve their life. After a short time, the correspondent was released with no charges.

The Police raid the house of Juras Silkin, activist of the organising committee of the People’s Assembly. The Police officers looked for materials with invitations to the People’s Assembly, which is due to be held in Zhodzina on October 8. The Police seized Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu’s CDs and independent press from Silkin.

Brest City Executive Committee bans a series of pickets scheduled for 1-5 October by Viktar Chaikouski, deputy chairman of the entrepreneurs’ association Perspektyva.

The pickets were expected to campaign for the release of prisoners of conscience. However, Brest executive officials banned the pickets, referring to legal restrictions on picket locations.


September 30

The Police are carrying out a search of the flat of Siarzhuk Semianiuk, oppositional activist from the Belarusian Popular Front Party, who is facing criminal charges for “alleged use of violence against a security guard outside the party’s office”.

A number of students of the Brest Technical University have been reportedly forced to sign a written undertaking not to take part in unauthorised street events, in particular, so called “silent protests”.

Students have been phoned by local policemen and invited for a conversation. According to the students, there is a list of students to be processed by the police.The local human rights defenders say that such lists have no legal force, but are aimed at intimidating the students.

Viktar Meziak, head of the local organising committee of People’s Assembly, is arrested by the Police for distributing leaflets advertising the event, and taken to the police station and charged with violation of procedures for holding mass events.


October 1, 2011

Volodymyr Senko, Ukrainian activist of the International Observation Mission of the Committee of International Control over the Human Rights Situation in Belarus, is stopped at the Belarusian border and not allowed to enter the country.

The human rights defender was told that his name was on the list of people declared persona non-grata. However, the border troops failed to state the official grounds for the detention.

Dzmitry Us, oppositional candidate in the presidential elections 2010, is released from prison.

Dzmitry Us was detained in the night of 19-20 December in Minsk, after the protest action, and then kept at the KGB internal pre-trial prison. On December 20 he was released under a written undertaking not to leave. On March 19 Dzmitry Us was given charges under Article 293, part 1, “participation in mass riot”. On 26 May the Leninski District Court of Minsk sentenced him to 5.5 years in prison.

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