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Politics and News from Belarus - Charter'97


OSCE Office Head Visited Mikola Statkevich
16:48, 01/12/2005


International League for Human Rights - Belarus Update
18:32, 01/12/2005

Vol. 9, No. 18
November 23 – November 30, 2005
Edited by Maria Kabalina and Olga Tarasov
International League for Human Rights

“Belposhta” Cancels Contract With Independent “Gazeta Slonimskaya”
18:06, 01/12/2005

Hrodna branch of the republican Unitarian enterprise “Belposhta” cancels the contract for distribution and delivery of the “Gazeta Slonimskaya” since December 31. That was informed in a letter from the deputy director of the enterprise S.Kazukevich to the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Viktar Valadyshchuk.

Milinkevich Predicts “Revolution of Spirit” In Belarus
17:39, 01/12/2005

The democratic forces’ candidate for presidency in Belarus Alyaksandr Milinkevich is convinced that after the presidential elections in 2006 a “revolution of spirit” would take place in Belarus. Milinkevich told about that in his speech at the Kyiv Forum of Democratic Choice Commonwealth, the UNIAN informs. “We do not believe that the Belarusian regime would agree to hold fair and transparent elections, as ballots have not been counted here for a long time, and we promise that we would take people to the streets. We’ll have a revolution of spirit,” Milinkevich said.

Andrzej Pisalnik Not Allowed to Travel Abroad
17:03, 01/12/2005

The editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Glos znad Niemna” issued in emigration, is prohibited to go abroad. Today Andrzej Pisalnik was detained by the town of Skidzel and taken to Hrodna to a police department of Lenin district. His permit for going abroad was cancelled.

Rector of Academy of Arts Beaten
16:01, 01/12/2005

The unknown have beaten up a rector of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts Richard Smolsky. As the Minsk-Novosti reporter was told by a representative of thee Internal Affairs department of Frunzenski district of Minsk, the attack took place on November 27-28 in the doorway of his house. He was taken to the Republican hospital of the presidential administration and diagnosed a fracture of a radial bone and brain trauma. A criminal action has been initiated.

Young People of 15 European Countries Protested by Belarusian Embassy in Vilnius
15:38, 01/12/2005

In different countries of Europe actions in support of the student of the Belarusian State Economic University Tatsyana Khoma continue. Tatsyana was expelled from the Belarusian State Economic University for her trip to France, where she was elected a member of the executive council of international student’s organization ESIB - the National Unions of Students in Europe. In Vilnius the protest was held in front of the building of Belarusian Embassy.

US ambassador visits Mogilyov
14:54, 01/12/2005

An exposition entitled "Magdeburg Law in 16-17th Century Mogilyov" opened at the city`s History Museum on November 30. Taking part in the ceremony were representatives of non-governmental organizations, city government head Viktor Shorikov, and George Krol, the US ambassador to Belarus.

University rector defends his decision to expel student after trip to France
14:51, 01/12/2005

Vladimir Shimov, rector of the Belarusian State Economic University (BSEU), defended his decision to expel a student after a trip to France, saying that it might have ended in a tragedy. In a reply posted in English on the university`s official web site in response to letters of protest, Mr. Shimov says that Tatyana Khoma committed a flagrant violation of the inner regulations of the University and demonstrated her disrespect for BSEU as an organization which is legally and morally responsible for the students` security during their educational process.

Pabriks does not exclude possibility that ambassador to Belarus could be recalled
14:50, 01/12/2005, Latvian News Agency

Speaking to reporters, Foreign Affairs Minister Artis Pabriks (People`s Party) neither denied nor confirmed today that Latvian Ambassador to Belarus Maira Mora could be recalled. Pabriks is planning to meet with Mora in the near future, and will make a decision after the meeting.

Belarus` government needs political will to attract investment, German ambassador says
14:49, 01/12/2005

To attract investment in Belarus the government must declare its political will and take practical steps, Martin Hecker, the German ambassador in Minsk, said on November 30 opening a conference on the harmonization of national investment legislation with European standards.

Prosecutor Intimidated Workers of Motorcycle and Bicycle Plant
13:09, 01/12/2005

On November 30 the first deputy chairman of the Minsk city executive committee Mikalay Pantsyalei held a meeting with the representatives of Minsk Motorcycle and Bicycle plant (“Motavela”). A prosecutor of Lenin district of Minsk Alyaksei Stuk was invited to the meeting. He warned the workers about the liability for holding street actions unsanctioned by the authorities. However, as the Radio Svaboda informs, public officers had not made any promises to workers concerning improvement of their situation and wage increase.

Conference of Trade Union of Miners Thwarted
12:48, 01/12/2005

On November 30 due to the fault of the administration of the production enterprise “Belaruskalij” a conference of the Independent Trade Union of Miners (NPG) was not held. The management of the enterprise had not signed an order to release the delegates from work, despite of the fact that it is an employer’s duty. Thus, the labour contract’s provisions were violated, as the trade union had sent request for discharging the delegates from work for participation in the conference.

The U.N. must not be allowed to destroy the Volcker investigation`s archives
12:28, 01/12/2005, By Claudia Rosett,

Paul Volcker`s findings on Oil for Food have been widely received as the final word on the United Nations relief program for Saddam Hussein`s Iraq. Far from it--as Mr. Volcker himself has admitted. In reporting that Saddam, along with his smuggling and oil graft, diverted $1.8 billion in kickbacks from U.N.-approved relief contracts under the program, Mr. Volcker underestimates, quite probably by billions, the amount the U.N. allowed Saddam Hussein and many of his favored business partners to graft out of Oil for Food deals for goods such as oil parts, milk, laundry soap and baby food. In low-balling the total, Mr. Volcker understates the negligence of the U.N., and overlooks some of the most potentially virulent links in Oil for Food.

Vendors Ask Lukashenka For Audience
12:21, 01/12/2005

Today activists of the vendors’ movement addressed Alyaksandr Lukashenka with a request for a personal meeting. The letter was signed by the members of markets’ councils, created under the control of the authorities after a wave of protest of small vendors last spring, the Belorusskiy Partizan informs.

IHF: In Belarus Human Rights Protection Equated to Crime
12:01, 01/12/2005

The International Helsinki Federation for human rights believes that the new Belarusian legislation in fact human rights protection with a crime. Last Friday illegitimate Belarusian “parliament” passed amendments to the Criminal Code, which, like in the Soviet times, envisage punishment for “discredit of the state”. The punishment is also envisaged for “calls for forcible overturn of state and social system”, the Russian service of the Radio Liberty informs.

Anatol Lyabedzka: “Jeans is Symbol of Changes”
11:51, 01/12/2005

The chairman of the National Committee of Democratic Forces of Belarus, the leader of the United Civil Party Anatol Lyabedzka believes that “the choice of the brand and colour of the election campaign should have been made yesterday. Given that all the ideas and proposals have been put through a sieve through focus-groups and experts’ conclusions”. As for the idea to make jeans the main symbol and distinctive mark of changes’ advocates, the UCP leader says: “It is the most original, fresh proposal until now. For me personally jeans are the symbol of changes. Jeans clothes are the most democratic style. That’s why the slogan suggesting itself is: “be abreast of the times”.

Council of Europe parliamentarians: Without free media, Belarus election «doomed to be non-democratic»
11:22, 01/12/2005

The Sub-Committee on the Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is deeply concerned about respect for freedom of expression in the media in Belarus. In a statement adopted today, it said: “Belarus has aspirations for membership of the Council of Europe and has committed itself to respect such freedom under United Nations texts. Nevertheless, the president, the government, the parliament and the administration in Belarus have failed to act on the recommendations made by the Parliamentary Assembly in Resolution 1372 (2004) on the persecution of the press in Belarus.

US and EU Condemn Act of Vandalism in Kurapaty
11:15, 01/12/2005

The US and European Union condemned the fact of intended damage to the memorial complex in Kurapaty. “The unknown vandals scratched a swastika on an icon, overturned or damaged more than a dozen of crosses, and once again damaged the memorial bench, a gift of US President Clinton in 1994,” the statement of November 30 reads. Te statement was disseminated by the Great Britain Embassy in Belarus on behalf of the US and EU.

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 March’s Eve • 17:56, 24/09/2007
Festival in Lutsk: Belarusians having right to freedom (Photo) • 11:48, 24/09/2007
Natallia Pyatkevich‘s 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
Policemen See No Vandalism in Kurapaty
18:28, 01/12/2005


Putin calls on post-Soviet states to build common air defense
12:26, 01/12/2005

Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the members of a post-Soviet security alliance Wednesday to build a common air defense system to maintain their defensive capabilities. Speaking to defense and foreign ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), President Putin said: "In dealing with issues of such a systemic character, cooperation is particularly important, and not just important from the technological standpoint, although this is an essential [factor], as it makes defense companies face up to the need to solve modern issues, thereby keeping their technological level up to date."

Gazprom to launch Belarus stretch of Yamal-Europe gas pipeline
12:24, 01/12/2005

Russian natural gas monopoly Gazprom is planning to bring the Belarus segment of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline to its full capacity of 33 billion cu m in the fall and winter seasons of 2005-2006, a senior Gazprom official said Wednesday.

Ukraine and Belarus cooperate in transport sphere
12:24, 01/12/2005

Ukraine’s Transport Minister Victor Bondar and his Belarusian counterpart Mikhail Borovy signed the Cooperation Protocol, Ukraine’s Transport Ministry press office told.

Foodstuffs to be removed from markets, aren’t 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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