Today the Supreme Court of Belarus considered the appeal of the Belarusian Party of Communists against the actions of Justice Ministry. The court hasn’t found grounds to remedy the grievance, radio Svaboda informs. The court ruling entered into force since its announcement and cannot be reversed.
The New Life Church is set to go to the Supreme Economic court of Belarus in connection with the church building situation, Pastor Vyachaslau Hancharenka told to journalists in Minsk. He said: “We plan to appeal to the SEC in connection with the ruling of Minsk city executive committee and Minsk economic court to give away the building of the church, a former cowshed to city authorities”.
The governmental newspaper “Sovetskaya Belorussia” printed an article, in which a “journalist” of the newspaper told about the “UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army) March” held in Kyiv recently. People gathered in the center of Ukrainian capital to mark the anniversary of creation of the OUN – UPA liberation movement. (OUN – the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists). They were characterized by the newspaper as “Bandera’s disciples” and youth from the UNA-UNSO (Ukrainian National Assembly - Ukrainian National Self Defence) with flags, which emblem reminding a Fascist swastika”. It is necessary to add that a man who had written the text alleged he had been present at the March.
Today Leninski court of Minsk is to hear the case against human rights defender Katsiaryna Sadouskaya. Ms. Sadouskaya, 60, is charged with insult of Alexander Lukashenka, threats to a judge, as well as insulting the judge of Kirau district court (Mahiliou region).
Viktar Karniyenka filed a complaint about actions of the law-enforcing bodies of Zhlobin district (Homel region). During the presidential election Viktar Karniyenka, agent of presidential candidate Alexander Milinkevich, was driving from Minsk to Homel. He had 28 thousand copies of promotional brochures and flyers in the car. The materials were printed for the money given to each candidate by the state for promotion. However, Zhlobin police seized all the printed materials – 25% of the whole print-run of Milinkevich’s flyers.
Alexander Kazulin has had his first meeting with wife and daughters while in Vitebsk jail. RFE/RL reports, the former presidential candidate still plans to begin a hunger-strike of protest in 3 days. He hopes for an international response to his action. “My husband lost even more weight. He has a slight fever. However, he is determined to start a hunger strike on October 20”, -- said Iryna Kazulina after 3-hour meeting with her husband.
On October 17 Paval Krasouski gathered journalists for a press conference. The pro-democratic activist was released from Vitebsk detention center on Sunday, October 15. Paval Krasouski was detained by the Prosecutor’s General Office and kept in custody on suspicion of participation in explosions in Vitebsk on September 14 and 22, 2005 and rape and murder of under-age girls in 1999. On Sunday the term of Krasouski’s detention was over. The police failed to find any evidence of his guilt. That is why on Sunday he was released from custody. However, he signed an obligation to immediately attend all meetings with the investigator upon his request.
On October 16 Belarusians who live in Prague, as well as Czechs, who support Belarusian democratic opposition, gathered again to mark the Day of Solidarity. This time participants gathered on Krizovnicka Square near the Charles Bridge. There was a great number of participants, which was probably connected with the beginning of the academic year. The rally was supported by Belarusian students who had arrived for studies in universities of the Czech Republic. At 7 p.m. demonstrators lit candles, unfurled white-red-white flags, streamers and portraits of the abducted fighters with the Belarusian regime. Activist of students association handed out leaflets in Czech and English, told about the situation in Belarus.
On October 16 an action of solidarity was held in Baranavichy. At 8 p.m. young people gathered near the supermarket “Vyasyolka”, and lit candles. One of the actyivists, Zmitser Palojka, was making pictures. Suddenly he was seized by policemen, dragged away and brutally beaten up. After that he was taken to the police department. The guy spent the whole night there. He ws released today morning.
On October 9-13 a conference uniting UN experts on geographical names was held. Experts from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Algeria, Israel, France, the Great Britain and the US arrived to the conference. The conference resulted in reaching a decision that Belarusian geographical names are to retain distinctive features of the Belarusian orthoepy.