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Archive for April 27th, 2011

Belarus Closes 2 Independent Newspapers + Sent Opposition Leader To Prison

Posted by Info on 27/04/2011

Belarus’ authoritarian government further tightened the screws on dissent Wednesday by shutting down two independent newspapers and sending another opposition leader to prison for two years.

The daily newspapers Nasha Niva and Narodnaya Volya were closed after receiving two or more warnings in the past year over their political coverage. Nasha Niva, the oldest newspaper in the country, dating back to 1906, has a circulation of 6,000 and receives 10,000 visitors to its website daily. Narodnaya Volya is larger, with a daily circulation of about 30,000.

Opposition leader Dmitry Bondarenko was found guilty in court of organizing an election-night rally in December to protest the results of the vote that extended the rule of President Alexander Lukashenko.
Some 700 people were arrested, including seven presidential candidates.
Seven opposition figures have already been sentenced to jail terms of two to four years for their part in the protest. Ten more, including presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov, are still on trial.

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US Department of State Report: Uzbekistan and Human Rights Record

Posted by Info on 27/04/2011

The US Department of State has published a report on human rights in the world in 2010 in which it draws attention to the denial of political and economic rights and freedom of speech, torture, unlawful detention, child labour and other problems in Uzbekistan.

Political trials throughout Uzbekistan, where men accused of religious extremism testify to having been tortured, have almost become routine.
The Uzbek security services keep under permanent surveillance the handful of human rights activists and independent journalists who remain in the country. A change of political leadership in Uzbekistan is highly unlikely in the near future, and meanwhile the world becomes ever more accustomed to the authoritarian police regime which wields so much power in Uzbekistan.

Although the US report talks of torture and ill-treatment of political dissidents in Uzbekistan’s prisons, unfair trials, restrictions on freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion, child labour and violence against women in Uzbekistan, it offers no solutions to these problems.

The human rights situation has worsened in the country since 13 May 2005 when government troops killed hundreds of civilians in Andijan. The Uzbek government refused to allow any external investigation into the massacre, warning the international community against interference in Uzbekistan’s internal affairs.

After Andijan, the expulsion of US troops who had been stationed at the Karshi-Khanabad airbase since 2001 set new parameters for the Uzbek-US relationship which senior American politicians appeared to accept because of the importance to them of the northern transit route for supplying NATO and US troops deployed in Afghanistan.

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EU: Lukashenko Is Not democratically Elected President of Belarus

Posted by Info on 27/04/2011

The European Commission refused to comment on the statement of the Belarusian leader about European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, as it does not recognize Alexander Lukashenko as democratically elected President of the Republic of Belarus. .

European Commission representative also said that Alexander Lukashenko voiced information about the condition, allegedly put forward by Jose Manuel Barroso, to participate in a summit at Chernobyl in the absence of the Belarusian leader.
European Commission spokesman Olivier Bally confirmed this position of the European Commission.

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko criticized the refusal of European Commission President Jose Barroso to attend the conference on Chernobyl issues, if there would have been the President of Belarus. He named the European Commission President a swine, and said that Ukraine leadership is lousy.

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Belarusian Court Rejects Appeal To Release Jailed Ex-presidential Candidate

Posted by Info on 27/04/2011

A Belarusian court rejected today an appeal for the release of former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov, detained in December for taking part in an anti-governmental riot.
Sannikov is being held on charges of organizing mass unrest and faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.
Other opposition candidates arrested in the post-election protest have been released from custody.
Sannikov’s wife, Irina Khalip, a journalist for the Belarusian branch of Russia’s liberal Novaya Gazeta paper, was also detained but released in late January.
More than 600 protesters including 11 Russians were detained following the protests, which were fired by allegations of vote rigging in presidential elections that saw long-standing President Alexander Lukashenko win a landslide victory to secure a fourth term in office.
Human Rights Watch released a report in March detailing hundreds of cases of torture and inhumane treatment of jailed protesters.

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Russia: Zhirinovsky To Take Part In 2012 Presidential Election

Posted by Info on 27/04/2011

The permanent leader of the Liberal Democrat party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has confirmed that he will participate in the election of the Russian president in March 2012.

Zhirinovsky, who celebrated his 65th birthday the day before also said that approximately on December 10 there would be the 24th congress of the Liberal Democrat Party, which will approve of its presidential candidate.

With regard to the upcoming the State Duma elections on December 4 this year Zhirinovsky will lead the party’s list. This list will be approved at the congress of the Liberal Democrat Party scheduled for early September. He predicted that his party might collect up to 30 percent of the votes in the parliamentary elections.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky ran for the president of Russia in 1991 (7.81 percent of the votes), 1996 (5.7 percent), and 2000 (2.7 percent). In the presidential election in the Russian Federation on March 2, 2008 he took third place (9.35 percent).

Zhirinovsky has been accused of anti-Semitism, for statements in which he accused Jews of ruining Russia, sending Russian women to foreign countries as prostitutes, selling children and organs to the Western world, and provoking the Holocaust. He reportedly even praised Adolf Hitler’s ideology of Nazism and befriended Edwin Neuwirth, an Austrian industrialist and a “proud” former officer of the Waffen-SS who has denied that the Nazis used gas chambers to kill Jews during World War II, leading some of the German media to denounce him as “Russia’s Hitler”.
Besides expressing his hatred for Turks and Caucasians,Zhirinovsky also called for the deportation of all Chinese from Russian Far East….

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Father and Elder Brother of Perpetrator of Minsk Terrorist Attack Detained

Posted by Info on 27/04/2011

…как в сталинкие времена, сын враг народа и все его родственники в тюрьму?

The Belarusian Minister of Internal Affairs, Anatoly Kulyashou, confirms that the father and elder brother of the perpetrator of the terrorist act in Minsk metro have been detained and taken to a detention facility.

Is it about Collective punishment in Belarus?

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