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Amnesty International Recognized Kmara and Zubr Activists Arrested in Minsk Prisoners of Conscience
12:34, 01/09/2005


Vaclav Havel Reminds Of Belarus
17:28, 01/09/2005

On August 31 former president of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel, who delivered a speech on at the ceremony devoted to the 25th anniversary pf Solidarity movement, said: there are countries which nations are nit completely free. I think of Belarus, Burma, Northern Korea. I think that solidarity, freedom also mean responsibility. If we are responsible, today we must think of these nations and to send them confirmation of our support, Havel said.

Young People Want to Study in Belarusian
17:27, 01/09/2005

The Action Youth for Education in Belarusian started after a solemn opening ceremony in front of the Belarusian Lyceum closed by the authorities. According to Radio Svaboda, the ceremony has taken place in Kirov Street, where the only Belarusian linguistic lyceum, shut down by Belarusian authorities, once worked. Teachers congratulated children and their parents with the beginning of the new school year and thanked for excellent results of education during school vacations. As children had been studying in Poland for the whole summer, the teachers of the Lyceum decided to start the teaching process on October 1.

Europe for revolution
15:29, 01/09/2005, Timothy Garton Ash, The Guardian

Exactly a quarter of a century ago, here in Gdansk, the first velvet revolution began. When, on a boiling summer`s day in August 1980 I arrived at the blue-grey gate of the Lenin shipyard, festooned with flowers and photographs of the Polish pope, with loudspeakers blaring out patriotic hymns and farmers bringing baskets of food, my colleagues and I were greeted at the gate by a young worker - naked to the waist but carefully identified as a picket by a red-and-white armband - who led us into the shipyard through two lines of strikers in dusty blue overalls, cheering as if we had personally brought the solidarity of the world; then I knew that something new and unique was happening here. A workers` revolution against a so-called workers` state!

Courts Refuse to Consider Complaint of Political Prisoner Valery Levaneuski
14:29, 01/09/2005

The chairman of the All-National Strike Committee of Vendors, member of the Council of Civil Initiatives Free Belarus Valery Levaneuski has been trying to challenge his penalties in colonies. The political prisoner told about that on August 30 during the meeting with his family.

Europe`s last dictatorship spurns reform
13:23, 01/09/2005, Simon Tisdall, The Guardian

Hopes that Belarus, dubbed "Europe`s last dictatorship" by US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, would be the next domino to fall following pro-democracy revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine collided with reality this week.

Judgement to Kmara Activists Appealed
12:26, 01/09/2005

Lawyer Vera Stramkouskaya on behalf of the activists of Georgian youth organization Luka Tsuladze and Giorgi Kandelaki has appealed from the judgement of the court of Moscow district of Minsk (15-days arrest) in Minsk City court. As information agency Rosbalt informs, the lawyer also addressed an appeal to the prosecutor of Minsk, stating that Tsuladze and Kandelaki were detained groundlessly.

Tadeusz Gawin Released
12:04, 01/09/2005

After 30 days of administrative arrest Tadeusz Gawin, the first chairman of the Union of Poles in Belarus, was released. Today at 8.20 in the morning he was secretly transported in a police car from the pre-trial detention center of Kastrychnitski district of Hrodna. Journalists and friends were waiting for him in the street.

Will the black color be forbidden in Belarus?
11:41, 01/09/2005, UCP press-room

All the participants of the action in Volkovisk will be called to administrative account. This has been reported by the officials of the Volkovisk local police station, where the chairman of the primary Volkovisk UCP organization Alexander Borodavin and party activist Vitaly Gulyak have been brought.

Interest in the political cartoons only increases
11:39, 01/09/2005

Many Internet users abroad expressed their desire to keep up the creation of cartoons about the political situation in Belarus. At the same time, the members of the civil initiative "Third Way" have a status of witness in the case of libeling Aliaxandr Lukashenka, which was brought by Minsk Procurator`s Office for political cartoons on the Internet site of the mentioned organization.

Trial at the start of the academic year
11:38, 01/09/2005

On 2 September at 3 p.m. the court of Zhodzina will deal with a complaint by Siarhei Murashka against the decision made by the administration of the Zhodzina polytechnic regarding his ungrounded expulsion.

Poland wants Solidarity`s legacy to inspire change in autocratic Belarus
11:35, 01/09/2005, By Associated Press

Poland`s Prime Minister Marek Belka said Wednesday that he wants to see the legacy of Solidarity, which helped topple Soviet rule in Poland and eastern Europe, inspire political change in autocratic Belarus. "The road we have all traveled should end in Minsk," Belka told world leaders to applause during celebrations in Gdansk on the 25th anniversary of Solidarity, the free trade union crucial in the collapse of communism throughout the Soviet bloc.

Solidarity anniversary turns focus on Belarus
11:27, 01/09/2005, By Ian Traynor, The Guardian

Leaders from across central Europe yesterday called for the export of Poland`s peaceful revolution to the neighbouring country of Belarus, described as Europe`s last dictatorship. Gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the birth of Solidarity, the presidents of Georgia and Ukraine, Mikhail Saakashvili and Viktor Yushchenko, were greeted with standing ovations as they declared that Solidarity`s example should inspire democracy activists in Belarus to topple the authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko, who expects to be re-elected next year.

EU calling Belarus
11:21, 01/09/2005, By David Ferguson, Euro-reporters

"I confirm that the Commission intends to send an envoy to Belarus. As you know relations between Belarus and EU have been of a very limited nature so far," said European Spokesperson Franc,oise Le Bail. "Belarus was mentioned in the framework of the European Neighborhood Policy. When conditions are met it will be possible for Belarus to be part of this Neighborhood Policy."

EU to send top diplomat to Belarus
11:21, 01/09/2005, By Renata Goldirova, Euobserver

The European Commission is to send a top diplomat to Belarus, as concerns grow about human rights abuses in the post-Soviet republic. Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said a charge daffaires to Minsk should monitor the situation on the ground and also send a clear message in support of democracy, freedom and human rights.

US Embassy in Belarus is indignant at the false statements by a Belarusian girl that were printed in the Obozrevatel
11:20, 01/09/2005

The US Embassy to Belarus considers false and ungrounded attempts of some Belarusian printed and electronic media to accuse the diplomatic body of supplying agitation materials to Belarus and financing the opposition, reported Radio Liberty.

Lidia Yermoshina: presidential election in Belarus to take place no later than July 20, 2006
11:17, 01/09/2005

The forthcoming presidential election in Belarus will take place no later than July 20, 2005. The time framework is set by the Constitution: the election campaign should take place no later than two months prior to the expiry of the incumbent presidents term in office. The countdown started on September 20, 2001, the inauguration day, chairman of the central election commission of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina told BelTA. She added the commission considers to carry out presidential election strictly within the official schedule. The Chamber of Representatives of Belarus will set the final date for the election during the spring session. One of the first issues the deputies will discuss in the Oval Hall will be presidential election.

Belorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta Not Registered
10:54, 01/09/2005

Not all newspapers managed to exclude the words national and Belarusian. The only newspaper that had not received an answer from the Information Ministry is the Belorusskaya Gazeta. As the BelaPAN was told by the editor-in-chief Pyotr Martsau (Martsev), the newspaper is trying to re-register with the title BDG. Delovaya Gazeta. As said by Martsau, because of the absence of he answer from the Ministry of Information the release of the new issue of the newspaper had been thwarted, as the publishing house needs a certificate of re-registration certified by a notary.

Andrei Sannikov: Energy cooperation of Belarus with Europe broken down due to repressions against opposition • 14:59, 25/09/2007
President of PACE: Dialog with Belarus is impossible without discharge of political prisoners • 12:32, 25/09/2007
Authorities responsible for arrests on European Marchs Eve • 17:56, 24/09/2007
Festival in Lutsk: Belarusians having right to freedom (Photo) • 11:48, 24/09/2007
Natallia Pyatkevichs reply to opposition? • 18:11, 21/09/2007
Aliaksandr Milinkevich invited European Leaders to the European March • 15:35, 21/09/2007
First steps must be taken by Belarusian authorities • 12:09, 21/09/2007
Official Minsk against Nuclear Weapons • 19:08, 20/09/2007
Georgia supporting Belarus in its battle with Russia • 13:58, 20/09/2007
Well-known public figures of Belarus insisting on dialogue • 19:15, 19/09/2007
Authoritarian Control Over Internet
15:54, 01/09/2005, Serhei Vorobjov, exclusively for


Russia arms Belarus
11:16, 01/09/2005

Russia will supply S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Belarus. The weapons will be delivered under contract to Belarus anti-aircraft forces, said Russian defense minister Sergei Ivanov during his visit to Russias southern Astrakhan region where he is observing Comradership-in-Arms-2005 anti-aircraft military training.

Belarus joins Kyoto Protocol
11:15, 01/09/2005, RIA Novosti

Belarus has joined the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty on global warming, according to the official Web site of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

Belarus Tractors accused sent on judicial remand
11:07, 01/09/2005, Daily Times, Pakistan

An accountability court judge on Wednesday sent four accused, including former Supreme Court registrar MA Farooqi, to judicial remand. Other accused include Nadeem Anwar, Zubair Ahmed and Mohammad Javed, former directors of the International Islamic Investment Bank.

Belarus embassy in USA finds out if any Belarusians are among Katrina victims
11:06, 01/09/2005

The consular service of the Belarusian embassy in the USA is keeping in close contact with the American authorities and trying to find out if any Belarusians are among the victims of the hurricane Katrina. As a BelTA correspondent was told by acting head of the foreign ministrys information department Ruslan Esin, as for today no Belarusian citizens addressed the embassy.

Foodstuffs to be removed from markets, arent they • 18:28, 30/07/2007
Students to be taught to love their home country • 16:14, 25/07/2007
Basowiszcza-2007 • 14:00, 19/07/2007
Radioactive brick detained on the border • 17:37, 18/07/2007
Poland to join Schengen zone on January 1, 2008 • 16:59, 11/07/2007
Goods confiscated from entrepreneurs • 12:34, 04/07/2007
Sanitary authorities in Minsk suggest removing retail kiosks • 16:31, 19/06/2007
British embassy announces a change in visa application process • 15:38, 19/06/2007
Kidnapped Belarusian woman freed in Nigeria • 13:40, 17/05/2007
Belarusian entry makes Eurovision final • 15:29, 11/05/2007

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