The CV of the minister of Justice Viktar Galavanau at the site of the ministry runs that he is rewarded with the “Freedom-Law-Democracy” medal. Under minister of Justice Viktar Galavanau dozens of Belarusian public and human rights organizations were closed and last week warnings were given to 6 political parties, 3 among them being oppositional. Now the parties are facing termination. And the minister should think of how the “Freedom-Law-Democracy” reward corresponds to his activities at the top post.
Amnesty International has announced that it is "deeply concerned by reports that the harassment, detention and imprisonment of youth activists by the Belarusian authorities has intensified in recent weeks."
“It is very hard to comment on the Russian ambassador’s declaration. I do not know what Mr.Surikov is grounded by. T he relations between Russia and Belarus have the negative development trend. The disintegration processes have become obvious. I believe that Lukashenka despite of his former regrets about the nuclear missiles withdrawal is not interested in deployment Russian nuclear weapons”, former defense minister of Republic of Belarus Pavel Kazlousky reported to the Charter’97 press service commenting on the declaration of Aleksandr Surikov, Russian ambassador to Belarus, on might-be deployment of the Russian nuclear-related objects in Belarus.
In Lvov the Ploscha documentary by the Belarusian film director Yuri Khaschevatsky became a prize winner. Such decision was made by the organizing committee of the open air festival of the modern Ukrainian movies ”Movie Lion -2007”.The film won the Lions Heart, i.e. the ”Golden Lion” prize of the festival for courage.
New Russian military objects may appear in Belarus but it depends on the progress of the two countries integration. Ambassador of Russia to Belarus Aleksandr Surikov does not exclude the deployments of the Russian military objects in Belarus in return to the US antimissile system components deployment in Europe.
22 August the Minsk special militia regiment broke the first night of the “11 Shirts” play staged by the Svabodny Teatr (Free Theater) and its restaged “Legends of Childhood” .But 23 August in one of the private houses in the Minsk suburbs the theatrical performance was made despite of the law enforcement bodies attempts to prevent it. How do the alternative performances look like under extreme conditions?
Alyaksandr Milinkevich, leader of the Movement for Freedom, has welcomed the nomination of Stanislaw Shushkevich, Belarus` formal head of state between 1991 and 1994, for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, BelaPAN reported. Mr. Milinkevich, the winner of the European Parliament`s 2006 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, has called on the heads of state and government, as well as other influential people to second the nomination of the "first president of Belarus," the former presidential candidate`s press office said.
Several civil society activists were grabbed by police during their meeting with the pastor of an outlawed Protestant church in Homyel on August 26. Ernest Sabila, pastor of the Belarusian Evangelic Church, had come to the city in southeastern Belarus to meet with members of the Francisak Skaryna Belarusian Language Society. Held at the city`s office of the United Civic Party, the meeting was attended by some 20 people.
The Lithuanian rock festival Be2gether was held recently right at the border with Belarus. At the foot of the medieval castle in Norvelishkes the tent- camp was set up .Around 10000 people had come to Lithuania for the rock festival. That was the first event of the kind: 60 teams from Europe and the USA participated in the concerts. The festival’s motto was “Music Opening Boarders!” It was aimed at settling good neighborhood relationship of Belarus and the European Union.