Russian activists arrested

Russian activists arrested
During the yearly solidarity action of gagging statues for a free Belarus March 18, three Russian activists trying to show their support for Belarus, were arrested and held over night. They were supposedly released but are facing criminal charges for vandalism and disturbing of peace. It is very unfortunate that this should happen on a night that should be focusing on campaigning...

European Belarus Hangs 100 Flags

European Belarus Hangs 100 Flags
Charter ’97 reports that “European Belarus” performed a campaign promoting the oppositional red-and-white flag on October 29. One hundred flags where hung along central streets in Minsk and created a lot of attention for the hour that they where allowed to hang there. The activists was arrested and sentenced to heavy fines, however not for actually hanging the flags...

Lukashenko’s Fairytale

Lukashenko’s Fairytale
Young Liberals of Norway (in Norwegian) made a statement on Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak’s visit and apparent tribute to Belarus in its current form. Rybak who was born in Belarus, but brought up in Norway won the Eurovision Song Contest this year and was initially cheered on by most of Belarusian diaspora. However, in May Rybak went to Belarus and performed for the...

Dubski Sentenced, Diplomacy Ineffective?

Young Front activist Artsyom Dubski, who was arrested on February 13 this year when returning to Belarus from exile in Ukraine to participate in a rally on February 14, was sentenced to one year of imprisonment. This has led the Charter ’97 Press Center to conclude that the freedoms of the Belarusian people, on the contrary to what EU might want to think, still are repressed. It...

Independence Day in Belarus?

Two days ago, on 3 July, Belarusians celebrated that is was 65 years since the liberation of Minsk from the Nazis. However, as the Charter ´97 Press Center states, there is a dispute around the calling of the 3 July the Independence Day for Belarus, which is something proclaimed by Lukashenka.  There was still fighting going on after the 3 July, and on 27 July 1944 the Declaration on...

European Belarus Activists Charged

The controversy regarding three jailed entrepreneurs in Belarus keeps on. Charter ´97 Press Center reports that activists from European Belarus has been brought to court charged with disorderly conduct after hanging up a banner saying: “Freedom to Autukovich”. Apparently the activists have now been charged with sham offenses with the help of a sham witness.  Mikalai...

Election Proposal – But No Major C...

The  Charter ´97 News Center reports that work in cooperation between the Central Election Commission of Belarus and OSCE has been done, to try and change the electoral laws in the country. However, the chairwoman of the CEC claims that there will be no great changes. “Only some electorial technologies and organizational issues will be changed,” says chairwoman Lydzia...

Eurovision Winner with Belarusian Roots

In the middle of many bad news for Belarus, there are some news that make many Belarusian proud. And that is the Norwegian victory in the Eurovision Song Contest is also connected to Belarus. The 23-year old Alexander Rybak was born in Minsk, of Belarusian parents who moved to Norway when Rybak was 5.  The Charter ´97 News Center Eurovision 2009´s Official...

Attack on Charter ’97 Website

Charter ’97 News Center report that there has been an attack on their website with a malicious code embedding itself into the website script. Therefore they recommend all readers who have been in there since at least 14 May to scan their computors for viruses. Charter ´97 claim that they believe the attack can have been planned in advance as a consequence to their reporting from...

New Belarusian Leader’s Forum: Dec...

The Belarusian organisation Third Way recently held a congress called New Belarusian Leader’s Forum: Renaissance Generation in Strasbourg, France and came to declare, among other things, the realisation of the importance of the Eastern Partnership and also the importance of Belarusian presence in the Partnership. However, the declaration also stated clearly that Third Way and the...

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