Swedish Telia Invests in Belarus

The Swedish telecompany Telia has through an affiliated company Turcell bought the Belarusian company BeST.  For Swedish liberals this means that Telia, which is partly owned by the Swedish state, is indirectly aiding the Belarusian government to tap and jam the phones of the opposition.  However, Telia will not take responsibility for the possible human rights violations that they...

European Parliament resolution on Belaru...

On 2 April the European Parliament voted for a resolution urging Belarus authorities to improve in human rights and making democratizing changes such as freedom of association, assembly and religion. Another topic was to organize free and fair elections. The EP also wants Belarus to aknowledge the Union of Poles working in Belarus, to reconsider cases of forced drafting into the army,...

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...