“The colossal efforts of the authorities may prevent the Congress of Democratic Forces to be held. But all the issues actually have been already settled. And the congress as the highest representative body of the united democratic forces is only to legitimize those decisions. There are too little chances that according to the applied requests the Palace of Republic or concert hall “Minsk’ will be provided. Consequently, we shall consult the colleagues on the issue of conducting the congress outside Belarus. We shall decide on the place later”, thus leader of the United Civil Party (UCP) Anatol Lyabedzka commented on the refusal of the authorities of the MAZ Palace of Culture to provide the hall for conducting the Congress.
Students of the historical faculty of the Belarusian State University (BSU) on their own initiative started collecting signatures against annulment of the transportation allowance. Last week the signatures were being collected at the main building of the BSU, at the law, geographic, mechanical-mathematical and journalist faculties. The signatures were also being collected at the main buildings of the Belarusian National Technical University, Belarusian Agrarian Technical University and Minsk State Linguistic University. Observers from the Belarusian Helsinki Committee watched the event.
Ministry of justice of the Republic of Belarus is to conduct an International Scientific and Practical Conference “Efficient Activities on Creation of Standards and Norms –a Condition Providing Rights and Freedoms for Citizens”.
Policemen from Baranavichy have charged an activist of an unregistered organization Young Front Yaraslau Hryshchenya of petty hooliganism. The reason for drawing up an administrative report was a video recording done in the night. The camera recorded the activist as he changed the official flag on the building of the administration for a white-red-white flag.
A Palace of Culture of Minsk automobile plant denied oppositionists premises for holding the Congress of democratic forces planned for May 26-27. The denial was received by one of the applicants for holding the event, the leader of the United Civil Party Anatol Lyabedzka.
On May 13 a rally in support of St. Joseph church was held in Minsk. Young activists placed a streamer “Let’s defend the church on May 16, at 7 p.m.” on the bridge over Nyamiha Street. The streamer stayed there for about an hour, and then it was removed by two policemen on duty.
The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee (BHC) appeal to the UN General Assembly not to elect Belarus to the UN Human Rights Council on 17 May in view of the Belarusian government’s failure to fulfill even the minimum criteria established by the General Assembly for this position.
Deputy head of Administration of President of Belarus Leanid Anfimau considers that the government has not taken the necessary actions on minimization of economic consequences of the energy resources price-hike. ”There were actions but they were chaotic, uncertain, resembling more patch mending than accurately predetermined actions for negative moments prevention”, Leanid Anfimau declared at the meeting with President of the country where the results of socio-economic development for the first quarter were considered, the Interfax broadcasts.
Many human rights activists who are against admitting Belarus to the UN Human Rights Council, are worried about absence of “honest” and “transparent” voting in this organization. According to British newspaper The Scotsman, human rights activists do not exclude that the country with “the most repressive regime in Europe” could be elected to the UN Human Rights Council.
Today a visit of the former candidate for presidency in Belarus, the head of the Political council of the united democratic forces of Belarus Alyaksandr Milinkevich to the capital of the Great Britain starts.