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Cheney denounces Belarus president
15:54, 04/05/2006, By Patrick McLoughlin, Reuters
Democratic choice is inevitable for Belarus, Russian expert says
Vice-President Dick Cheney issued a stinging denunciation of the president of Belarus on Thursday, saying there was no place in Europe for what he and others in Washington describe as "Europe`s last dictatorship."
Investigation into journalist Dmitry Zavadsky’s disappearance suspended again
"A democratic choice is inevitable for Belarus," said Andrei Illarionov, former economic advisor to the Russian president.
Czech foreign ministry decries jailing of Belarusian opposition leaders
The official investigation into the disappearance of Dmitry Zavadsky has been suspended again, according to the wife of the missing journalist, Svetlana Zavadsky. On May 3, the mother of the journalist, Olga, received a letter from the Prosecutor General’s Office, which said that the case was dropped on March 31 under Part 6 of the Criminal Code’s Article 246 “in connection with failure to find the person who went missing without a trace.”
Political Council of united opposition forces discusses May Day rally, outlines monthly action plan
The Czech Republic’s foreign ministry decried the jailing of four opposition leaders over last week’s demonstration in downtown Minsk.
International youth forum expresses solidarity with Belarusian opposition activists
The Political Council of the United Pro-democracy Forces on May 3 discussed Monday’s May Day rally and outlined a plan of actions for the next month.
NGO forum conclusions: «The people of Belarus should not suffer because of a criminal regime»
Participants at an international youth forum that took place in Vilnius on May 3 expressed concern about the political situation in Belarus and voiced solidarity with young opposition activists “who fight for peaceful changes in the country.”
Human Rights Center Viasna appeals to the international society
1. Europe is at a critical juncture. The enlargements of the EU and NATO have made Europe more united, more secure and more prosperous than ever before. Europe, however, is not yet “whole, and free, and at peace”. Enlargement has helped to advance that vision, but some Europeans countries remain outside the main Euroatlantic institutions – NATO and the EU. Human rights, freedom and democracy is not yet a given in Belarus and Russia. Finally, peace has still to be won and “frozen” conflicts resolved in Moldova, Georgia, Nagorno Karabakh and Chechnya.
Paval Mazheika not allowed to leave Belarus
Taking into account the seriousness of accusation towards Artur Finkevich Human Rights Center Viasna appeals to the international society to begin social and political campaign in Artur`s defense and to use all the possible political mechanisms in order to prevent a conviction of a youth activist.
Journalists acquitted on World Press Freedom Day
On May 3 Belarusian customs officers did not allow Paval Mazheika (the press secretary of the former presidential candidate Aliaksandar Milinkevich) to leave Belarus. He was going to Poland (Warsaw) to take part in the programme of TVP1 "Bialorus-Bialorus".
"Narodnaja Vola" will create its internet version soon
On May 3 the case of two journalists from "Bobrujskij Kurjer" detained by Babrujsk police was closed. The judge decided that the police had not managed to provide enough evidence of their misdemeanor.
From Russia With Arms
"Narodnaja Vola" is going to create its Internet version in a few weeks. BAJ representatives got to know about it from Josef Syaredzich (the edition`s editor-in-chief) when they visited "Narodnaja Vola"`s office to congratulate their colleagues on World Press Freedom Day on May 3.
14:15, 04/05/2006, Frontpagemag.com.
Cheney: Russian`s Putin Restricting Rights
The Cold War may be over, but relations between the United States and Russia are slowly beginning to freeze over once again. Nowhere has this become more evident than in our dealings with the Islamic Republic of Iran. While the United States and its European allies remain committed to ensuring that Tehran will not acquire the capability to produce a nuclear weapon, Russia maintains its opposition -- along with China -- against any use of sanctions or the threat of force. This has damaged efforts to convince the Iranian regime that serious consequences can result from noncompliance. However, the current situation in Iran is only one element in a comprehensive Russian strategy that seeks to boost its defense industry and undermine its geopolitical rivals.
14:14, 04/05/2006, By David Espo, «The Guardian»
Vice President Dick Cheney accused Vladimir Putin`s Russia on Thursday of restricting the rights of its citizens, and said ``no legitimate interest is served`` by turning energy resources into implements of blackmail. ``In Russia today, opponents of reform are seeking to reverse the gains of the last decade,`` Cheney told a conference of Eastern European leaders whose countries once lived under Soviet oppression, and now in Russia`s shadow.