A detained former minister and Ambassador Mikhail Marynich has been recognized a disabled person of the second category. A special medical board of the health Ministry checked his health on November 15. The Radio Svaboda was informed about that by the wife of Mikhail Marynich Tatsyana Marynich, who had visited him in the colony. Former Minister and Ambassador Mikhail Marynich not is undergoing a treatment course in Republican prison hospital by Minsk colony, where he serves the term of 3.5 years. In the beginning of the year he had a stroke in the colony, and its after-effects are still observed.
At 7 p.m. in Copenhagen at the 51st session of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) a resolution on Belarus was passed. The document critically evaluates the political situation in Belarus. The authors call upon the Belarusian government “immediately release all political prisoners, to speed up investigation of politically motivated abductions, and to stop increasing of police detachments in Belarus”.
The single candidate for presidency of the united opposition, Alyaksandr Milinkevich continues his stump over the country. Milinkevich has visited Baranavichy and Salihorsk, and today he is expected in Polatsk region.
On November 8, 2005, British Foreign Minister Jack Straw addressed a hard-hitting message to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko after a debate with the E.U.`s 25 foreign ministers. The E.U. threatened sanctions against Minsk under the notion that Belarus does not respect civil rights properly and is allegedly unable to hold "fair and free elections."
The UN organizers of the World Summit on the Information Society say they expect this week`s three-day event in Tunis to include heated debates about the future governance of the Internet. Summit spokeswoman Francine Lambert says delegates also will focus on how to implement decisions made when the first phase of the summit was held in Geneva in 2003.
For the first time in 8 days Belgian police has allowed a meeting with the chairman of the Belarusian-European Association (BEZ) Zmitser Pimenau, who is behind bars in Brussels. The Belarusian activist was visited by his wife and a Greek Catholic priest Jan Majsejchyk, whose parishioner Pimenau is. All this time of detention Pimenau was on hunger strike.
Readers of the newspaper “Nasha Niva” will not be able to subscribe for the year 2006 to a postal delivery. The editorial office has found out that their newspaper is excluded from the subscription catalogue. The editorial office has not received any official letters about breaking the contract from the Belposhta, Belarus’s state postal service.
At a meeting with France’s politicians and business leaders at the French Institute for International Relations, Victor Yushchenko said he opposed Belarus’ international isolation, and stressed that Ukraine was ready to help this country build democracy.
Aliaksandr Mantsevich, director of Rehianalnaia Hazieta Ltd. And the chief editor of the edition received a letter from Aliaksandr Charniak, Belposhta Director General where it is said his newspaper wasn’t included into the subscription catalogue for the 1st half of 2006.
On 9 November, on the eve of Aliaksandr Milinkievich’s arrival, Baranavichy organization of Young Front distributed literature among students of Baranavichy State University. They handed out several dozens of newspapers and copies of the informational bulletin of the united democratic forces.
November 16 is the Day of Belarusian Solidarity. Today in many windows of Belarusian cities the light will be turned off, and hundreds thousands of candles of our solidarity and Freedom are to be lit. “Dark cities, dark windows, where only burning candles are seen. This could become a mirror for us to see that we are really many,” a journalist Iryna Khalip said. Actions of Solidarity with the Belarusian people are to take place abroad as well.
Citizens of Belarus that are leaving the country would not undergo customs checking. The journalists were informed about that by the State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Henadz Nyavyhlas (Gennadiy Nevyglaz), commenting on the results of the consultations with the president on the work of customs agencies on November 16. “Today’s level of economy, the state of crime fighting, social and economical situation are making it possible to pass to the general principle, when citizens going abroad are subjected to a selective check, and mainly are allowed to go without control,” Henadz Nyavyhlas said. As said by him, all developed states of the world apply this principle of customs’ work.
Prospects of the trade-economic cooperation between Belarus and Tajikistan as well as bilateral links in the sphere of education, culture, science and engineering will be discussed November 15 in Minsk at a sitting of the intergovernmental commission, BelTA was informed in the foreign ministry of this republic.