Violent Attack on Free Theatre Belarus W...

Nikolay Khalezin, playwriter for Free Theatre Belarus, and his family was victimized by a “spetsnaz” officer on May 10 on their way to see Khalezin and his wife off to London.  Khalezin writes (translated by Charter 97 News Center) that both he himself, his brother and his 70-year old father-in-law professor Andrei Kalyada recieved blows from the upset officer, who later...

March 25 demonstration in Minsk

The Charter ’97 Press Center reports from yesterdays demonstration in Minsk, Belarus. The March 25 demonstration was to commemorate the 91st anniversary of the Belarusian National Republic. Some of the slogans used was: “European Belarus”, “Independence”, and “No union with imperalist Russia”. Several in the opposition was arrested before the...

Human Rights Activist Commit Suicide

Charter ’97 News Centre report on the 7 March that Belarusian human rights activist Yana Paliakova has committed suicide after being sentenced to 2,5 years of freedom restraint for “deliberate false accusation” apparently towards a now resigned police officer. According to reports there had been much harrasment of human right activists in Salihorsk, where Paliakova was...

Belarussian army and pro-democracy activ...

Interesting article on the use of the military draft to crack down on pro-democracy activists in Belarus: http://www.isn.ethz.ch/news/sw/details.cfm?ID=18849 As the author concludes: “While there have been only a handful of cases so far – it’s impossible to speak yet of a ‘policy’ of using the army to persecute activists – this growing trend deserves...

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