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Moldovan Opposition Picket By Belarusian Embassy In Kisinau
Freedom to Marinich!
About 30 members of the Christian-Democratic Popular Party held a picketing of the Belarusian Embassy in Kisinau on April 28. The leader of the PCDP Iurie Rosca stated that this action was organized as a protest against the rule of Alyaxandar Lukashenka, whom he charged with creation of a dictator regime. “Human rights are violated in Belarus, such democratic principles as a multi-party system, independent court and press, freedom of expression. Opposition is persecuted, the authorities carry out political reprisal over oposition leaders”,
told Iurie Rosca, underlining that these tendencies have aggravated before the parliamentary elections in Belarus.
Belarus threatened with sanctions
Leaders of the MPs group “Respublika” Valery Fralow, Uladzimir Parfyanovich and Syarhei Skrabets held an action in support of Mikhail Marinich today. Mikhail Marinich, Minister of Foreign Economical Ties of Belarus, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Belarus, ex-candidate for presidency, was arrested by the KGB on April 26. The MPs unfurled a streamer “Freedom to Marinich!” in front of the building of the KGB in Skaryna Avenue.
16:47, 28/04/2004, By Sarah Rainsford, BBC correspondent in Minsk
Businessmen’s Trade Union Activist Arrested
A new Council of Europe report has accused the authorities in Belarus of blocking a proper investigation into the fate of four men who disappeared in Minsk in 1999 and 2000. The men were all high-profile figures, some of them known opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko. The report urges member states to consider the toughest possible measures including sanctions against Belarus. Officials in Belarus deny the charges, which include presumed abduction.
General Pawlaw: “Keep Your Hands Off Marinich”
On April 27 in Hrodna Zmitser Ivanowski, deputy chairman of the civil association of businessmen “Perspektiva”, was sentenced to arrest. The court found him to be an active participant of the street gathering of the businessmen on April 26 and sentenced to 15 days of arrest. Nobody from those who wanted to be present at the trial over Ivanowski, was allowed to come in the building of the Lenin district court. About thirty businessmen had to stay outside. Five policemen were guarding the doors, and a car with special forces policemen stood in front of the building all the time. Policemen also warned about the particular order not to let journalists into the court.
“Arrest of the well-know Belarusian politician Mikhail Marinich is an alarming sign for the whole democratic movement of Belarus. It has happened despite warnings of international political institutions, the USA, European countries. I have been waiting since morning, what Mr. Eryn would say to justify his endless enormities. And at last we have heard this another childish babble. Marinich told many times, that his is being followed constatnly by some people. It is interesting, why? Was an action instituted against him? No, it wasn’t. And the document for keeping which he is accused? Marinich left state post for years ago. Was that document looked for by somebody all this time? Piles of these documents, according to newspapers, are taken from the KGB, and nothing happens, Eryn is still the head. And what kind of guns was there? Gas ones? You should say to people publicly – there were gas guns, which are accessible to everybody. And what about money? Was they stolen from somebody by Marinich? It is obvious that it was another provocation and a dirty trick. I want to note that the authorities have entered a dangerous slippery road again, which would lead to deeper split of our electrified troubled society. I know Marinich fo rmore than 20 years. It is a man of honour, duty and word. But our authorities like different kind of people. I want to ask all of you to look to the FUTURE. It is not far. Keep your hands off Marinich, Fralow, Lyabedzka and others, worthy sons and daughters of our Belarus”,Marinich’s Appartment Opened By Unknown
told deputy of the 12th Supreme Soviet of Belarus, General Valery Pawlaw, commenting on the arrest of the former Minister of Foreign Economical Ties of Belarus, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Belarus, ex-candidate for presidency Mikhail Marinich.
PACE Session to Consider Issue Of the Disappeared and Mass Media Pressure In Belarus
Yesterday evening unknown people opened the appartment of the head of organization “Business Initiative”, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Belarus, ex-minister of former Minister of Foreign Economical Ties of Belarus, Mikhail Marinich, who was detained by KGB officers on Monday, April 26.
Participants of the Strasbourg spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) are to consider on Wednesday, April 28, the issues of ‘disappearances’ of people and persecution of mass media in Belarus. The projects of resolution on this questions, disseminated the day before the session, offers to demand the Belarusian authorities to dismiss the Prosecutor General of the country and to carry out “a really independent investigation” of the cases of people’s disappearances. Besides, the participants of the PACE session are proposed to reccomend the Belarusian parliamentarians to carry out their own investigation of the disappearances cases and of possible involvement of the present Prosecutor General and some other high ranking officials to these crimes.