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Politics and News from Belarus - Charter'97


Andrei Sannikov: Bush Statements Demonstrate Support to Belarus Independence and European Future
18:32, 01/12/2006

On November 28 in Riga where the NATO summit was held, US President George Bush had a meeting with the leader of the democratic forces of Belarus Alyaksandr Milinkevich, the international coordinator of the Charter97, former deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Andrei Sannikov and a former political prisoner Mikhail Marynich. At the meeting US President harshly condemned Belarusian dictatorship, saying that Americas vision of an integral, free and peaceful Europe includes Belarus. For me the most important thing in the meeting with George Bush was his words that the US vision of an integral, free and peaceful Europe includes Belarus. It is a strategic statement which demonstrates the support to the European future of Belarus, Andrei Sannikov stated in an interview to the Charter97 press-center.


Lithuanian security officers death in Brest is accident-Vilnius
19:19, 01/12/2006

The death of Lithuanian diplomat and security officer Vytautas Pociunas in the Belarussian city of Brest in the small morning hours of August 23 was an accident, the Lithuanian Prosecutor Generals Office said on Friday.

Lukashenko backs project to build NPP in Belarus
19:18, 01/12/2006

Belarus` president said Friday he supported an estimated $2.5-billion project to build a nuclear power plant in the country to cut its dependence on energy imports.

Belarus: Beltranshaz values at $3.5B
19:16, 01/12/2006

Banking group ABN Amro has valued Belarus` gas distributor, Beltranshaz, at close to $3.5 billion, the country`s deputy economics minister said.The value of Beltranshaz established by the independent appraiser is close to $3.5 billion, Aleh Melnikaw said Thursday at a news conference, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported. Melnikaw is in charge of the country`s privatization efforts.

Alyaksandr Kazulin: We Shall Win! Do not Doubt It Even For a Moment
18:54, 01/12/2006

The former presidential candidate in Belarus, a political prisoner Alyaksandr Kazulin, who continues a hunger strike for the 43rd day, has sent another letter to his family. The press-service of the politician sent the letter of Kazulin to mass media.

43rd Day of Hunger Strike. Iryna Kazulina Addresses Prosecutor General
18:33, 01/12/2006

Today a wife of the former presidential candidate in Belarus, a political prisoner Alyaksandr Kazulin has lodged a complaint to the Prosecutor General of Belarus, Pyotr Miklashevich, informing him about the ban for meetings of the prisoner A. Kazulin with his lawyer. Iryna Kazulina asks the Prosecutor General to appraise the actions of the colony administration, which deprives a legal assistance a prisoner who continues a hunger strike for the 43rd day. The state of health of Alyaksandr Kazulin is known only from the words of the colony administration. According to the recent reports, Kauzlins weight is 67 kg (his weight was 105 kg before the arrest), and his blood pressure is very low.

Swedish Minister Supports Belarusian Human Rights Activists (Photo)
18:29, 01/12/2006

A well-known Belarusian human rights watchdog Ales Byalatski and the chairperson of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Zhana Litvina visited Stockholm on invitation of Swedish human rights organization Swedish Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights. During their stay in Sweden Byalatski and Litvina took part in a number of seminars and meetings dedicated to the current situation in Belarus. On Thursday they met with the International Development Minister Gunilla Karlsson.

EU Proposals Can be Included to Electoral Programs of Candidates for Deputy
17:21, 01/12/2006

The National Committee of the United Democratic Forces recommends the oppositional politicians who would be registered and become candidates for deputies to use the proposals of the EU as a part of their pre-election campaign. The chairman of the National Committee of the United Democratic Forces Anatol Lyabedzka believes that the proposals of the EU concern not only prospects of relations of this organisation with Belarus, but could solve a number of problems inside the country.

Clintons Bench in Kurapaty Defiled Again
16:05, 01/12/2006

In Kurapaty, a wooded area on the North-Eastern outskirts of Minsk, a place of mass entombment, another act of vandalism has been committed by the unknown. A so-called Clinton bench, a memorial sign installed in Kurapaty by the US president Bill Clinton during his visit to Belarus in 1994, was overturned. Flowers and candles were scattered.

Milinkevich Prohibited to Hold Excursion in Hrodna
15:07, 01/12/2006

Local policemen have prohibited the leader of the democratic forces Alyaksandr Milinkevich to tell Hrodna dwellers the history of their native town. The Charter97 press-center has been informed about that by the politicians press-secretary Pavel Mazhejka. The opposition leader arrived to Hrodna to meet with voters and collect signatures in support of democratic candidates. He also planned to hold an excursion around one of the oldest quarters of Hrodna, to tell city dwellers about the most important monuments of architecture and how destructive the so-called reconstruction started by local authorities is for the city.

European Union Can Send Its Representative to Vitsebsk Colony
14:55, 01/12/2006

MPs of the European parliament offer the European Commission to discuss the situation relating the hunger strike of the former presidential candidate in Belarus, a political prisoner Alyaksandr Kazulin, with the Belarusian authorities. The EU Commissioner for Foreign Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner has been addressed with such request by Polish deputies of the European Parliament, former Polish Foreign Minister Bronislaw Geremek, and the head of the EP Delegation on Ties with Belarus Bogdan Klich. As Radio Svaboda informs, the MPs of the European Parliament have offered to send a representative to Vitsebsk for a meeting with Kazulin and Belarusian officials.

Union of Left Parties Founding Congress Cannot Be Held in Belarus
14:17, 01/12/2006

The founding congress of the Union of Left Parties is to take place outside Belarus. The BalePAN has been informed about that by the leader of the Party of Communists of Belarus (PCB) Syarhei Kalyakin. This event was to take place in Minsk on December 17. three structures: the Party of Communists of Belarus, the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) and the Belarusian Party of Women Nadzeja are to constitute the Union of Left parties. As said by S. Kalyakin, the organizers of the congress arranged about renting a hall in the House of Culture of Minsk Tractor Plant on December 17. However when they arrived there on the eve of the congress to pay rent money, the administration of the House of culture stated that there are no spare rooms, all premises are occupied on all days.

Only One Member of Opposition Party Got to Precinct Election Commission
13:42, 01/12/2006

70,877 members have made up precinct election commissions of local elections. Almost a half of commission members, 48.1%, have been nominated through collection of signatures, 36.2% by labour collectives, 10.5 % by political parties and public associations, 5% by bodies that form the commissions. Only 113 members of the commissions have been nominated directly by political parties. 101 of them form a pro-regime Communist party of Belarus, 10 a virtually unknown Agricultural party, and 1 even less known Republican Party of Labour and Justice, 1- an oppositional United Civil Party. These are official figures.

Hrodna Catholics Announced Hunger Strike
12:31, 01/12/2006

A hunger strike of Roman Catholic community of Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn (of Vostraja Brama), Mother of Mercy, has started in Hrodna. The Charter97 press-center has been informed about that by the rector of the parish Father Alyaksandr Shemet. The reason is that for about 10 years the community cannot get permission for building a new church in Repin Street, 2. For today a priest and 11 parishioners are taking part in a hunger strike. One of the participants of the protest is 79 years old. The hunger strike is held in the building of a chapel. The number of protesters is constantly growing.

Is Portrait of Political Prisoner in a Bag Distribution of Printed Materials?
11:42, 01/12/2006

On November 30 in Minsk a young activist Syarzhuk Huminski was detained in Minsk. A badge with the ancient Belarusian coat of arms Pahonya attracted attention of policemen. It was a reason for his detention. Later policemen took the young activist to the police department of Leninski district of Minsk. A report was drawn up against him, he was charged with petty hooliganism and distribution of printed materials without imprint.

Pavel Sevyarynets Not Allowed to Visit Vitsebsk
10:58, 01/12/2006

A young leader, a political prisoner Pavel Sevyarynets is not granted a few days of leave to Vitsebsk for a month and a half. The Charter97 press-center was informed about that by the mother of political prisoner Tatsyana Sevyarynets. The young leader is serving a two-year sentence, or so-called corrective labour, in the village of Sitna, Polatsk district, Vitsebsk region for organizing peaceful protest rallies against rigged results of the referendum and parliamentary elections in autumn 2004. According to the law, prisoners in a collective labour facility have a right to go home for a few days every month.

Iryna Kazulina Visited Penal Jurisdiction Department
10:45, 01/12/2006, photo by

A wife of the former candidate for presidency in Belarus, a political prisoner Alyaksandr Kazulin, Iryna Kazulina, a former political prisoner Syarhei Skrabets and the chairperson of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Tatsyana Protska visited the penal Jurisdiction Department of the Interior Ministry f Belarus. The wife of the political prisoner was received by the first deputy head of the Penal Jurisdiction Department Yury Barynkou. The official gave Iryna Kazulina a permission to send food parcel to Vitsebsk colony. He will need special food after a long hunger strike, if he decides to stop the fast. The political prisoner continues the hunger strike for the 43rd day. For the time of detention the former candidate for presidency lost 38 kg. The major demand of the hunger striker is t consider the situation in Belarus in the UN Security Council.

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

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