As the press center of the Charter’97 found out, journalist Valery Schukin was rejected accreditation in the “chamber of representatives of the national assembly”. Schukin was denied access to the chamber after his article in the Narodnaya Volya about press conference on the so-called “Belarus and Russia unity day” on April 2, where the speaker of the chamber Vadzim Papow and his predecessor Anatoly Malafeew. We asked Valery Schukin, journalist, human rights activist, deputy of the Supreme Council of the 13th calling, member of the European coalition “Free Belarus” to comment on this fact.
The court of the Soviet district of Minsk summoned Viktar Hanchar by a notice of appointment for the hearings as a defendant in connection with communal services non payment. Such writs have been received also by a wife of another abducted politician, Zinaida Hanchar, and her son Andrei. It is worth mentioning that the same district court acknowledged in one`s time that V. Hanchar disappeared without traces. The disappeared politician and his family are ordered to come to the court on April 19, when according to the decision of the Council of Ministers a day off is declared.
The United States said Wednesday that passage of a resolution critical of Belarus is among its priorities as the U.N. Human Rights Commission nears several key votes this week in Geneva. U.S. officials say the rights situation in Belarus has worsened since last year.