The editorial office of Baranavichy independent newspaper Intex-press has received a letter signed by the prosecutor of the town, A. Smal. “In connection with necessity I ask you to inform the Prosecutor’s office of Baranavichy without delay about placed in the media public statements of former candidates at the parliamentary elections on allegedly taken place falsifications of the election results;. The Prosecutor’s office asks to collect and send information about such articles before November 10, the Belarusian Association of Journalists informs.
Human rights center “Viasna” is preparing “Preliminary Monitoring on Facts Of Tortures and other inhuman ways of treatment of Belarusian citizens”. A separate section in the monitoring is called “Beating of participants protesting against rigged results of elections and referendum of October 17,2004”. More and more of such facts are discovered as time goes by. Today Dzmitry Barodka, one of the leaders of the European coalition “Free Belarus”, participant of the protest action against rigged election and referendum results provided the Human Rights center “Viasna” with the following information.
For more than five years, members of the opposition have been disappearing in Belarus; relatives are organising vigils. For the first few months I was in shock, and hope was all that helped me to continue living. Then I realised that this hope was destroying my life, obstructing my view of reality, and stealing away all of my positive energy.I have now come to accept the terrible truth: that my husband was murdered, says Irina Krasovskaya.
Imprisoned Professor Yuri Bandazheuski was elected Honorary Doctor of Marseilles University. The wife of the Professor, Halina Bandazheuskaya, was informed about it by French Embassy. Professors of Marseilles University became acquainted with the works of Professor Bandazheuki in the area of radiation medicine, and found them extremely important for the development of science, told human rights center “Viasna”. As we have informed, world-renowned Professor Bandazheuski was sentenced to 8 years of imprisonment for a bribe allegedly committed by him. The Belarusian opposition and world community consider that he was punished for his scientific research on the topic of radiation impact on the health of the Belarusians.
An authoritative Polish weekly «Polityka» in its latest issue published an article about the situation in Belarus after the elections and referendum. According to the authors of the article, despite of arrests and repressions, more and more Belarusians want to live in free society.
The Polish government plans to amend the 2005 budget to earmark funds for supporting Belarus` civil society, the Belarusian Service of RFE/RL said on Tuesday. The issue was discussed at Polish MPs` meeting with Prime Minister Marek Belka on November 8.
A welcome consequence of the end of the Cold War was the spread of democracy to countries that in most cases had never experienced it. A movement that began in Poland with the birth of Solidarity spread throughout Central and Eastern Europe as Soviet troops went home and the Soviet Union itself dissolved.
Almost a week has passed after the presidential elections in the US, and the Belarusian authorities had enough time to send congratulations to President George Bush on his reelection to the high state position. Within this period, for instance, leader of Belarus has managed to congratulate sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan with his being elected president of the United Arab Emirates. And what about the US President – has a congratulation been sent to the White House?
The French diplomatic mission in Minsk plans to request the Belarusian foreign ministry to account for its decision to cancel the accreditation of several French journalists who were arrested last week after videotaping an opposition protest in the Belarusian capital.
Increasingly more people are joining the campaign for promoting European values in Belarus, Nikolai Statkevich, leader of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party “Narodnaya Hramada,” said in an interview with BelaPAN.
Investigators appear to have stepped up an examination of the campaign ads distributed by two members of the United Civic Party (UCP), which the authorities say may have defamed Aleksandr Lukashenko. It was the materials that prompted the election authorities to remove Marina Bogdanovich and Aleksandr Tsynkevich from the parliamentary ballot.
A storm of criticism has rained on Belarus in the several weeks since the Alyaksandr Lukashenka government won a referendum -- widely denounced as fraudulent -- that will permit Lukashenka to seek another presidential term. The religious news agency Forum 18 reports continued suppression of religious minorities. And international press organizations such as Reporters Without Borders and the International Press Institute are expressing alarm at further suppression of an already controlled press. RFE/RL reports that a variety of government actions are limiting free expression in Belarus.
An attack which killed nine French soldiers was deliberate and carried out by Belarusian mercenaries, told French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie, visiting a hospital in Paris were wounded French soldier taken from Ivory Coast was placed, BBC inform. No details were made known by the Minister. In the result of the crisis in this African country, which lasts for several days already, tens of people have died, and more than 600 injured, according to the Red Cross.
Poster paintings by outstanding Belarusian artists, Vladimir Tsesler and Sergei Voichenko, are to be exhibited in the gallery of Paris` 18th district from November 12 through 17. Their works will be on display in the framework of the Monmartre Companions’ Fall Salon, according to the press office of the French embassy in Minsk.
The Belarusian State Television Radio Company (BSTRC) plans to launch an international television channel at the beginning of 2005. The channel, named Belarus-TV, would be an international version of the First National Channel, also known as Belarusian Television (BT).
Aleksandr Lukashenko directed that the Council of Ministers should come up with a single method of estimating the value of confiscated property and improve control over the registration and sale of such items.