Hearings “Chernobyl today,“ dedicated to the situation in Belarus, were held in the European Parliament on 17 April. Members of the working group on Belarusian affairs, representatives of the European Commission, and delegations of democratic forces and civil society in Belarus took part in the hearing. The Charter’97 press center talks about the hearing in Brussels with Mikhail Marynich, former political prisoner and member of the organising committee of the civil campaign “European Belarus.”
An action of solidarity with political prisoners was held near the Kamarouski market in Minsk on 16 April.
An important feature of the PACE resolution is a call to officers of the law enforcement and legal bodies to understand they disregard law when organise political repressions.
Participants of the civil campaign “European Belarus” have expressed their solidarity and support to pro-democracy activists who are standing trial today for participation in a protest rally of market vendors on January 10, 2008.
One of the defendants of “the process over the 14” who are to stand trial today in the court of Tsentralny district of Minsk, is an activist of the civil campaign of the “European Belarus” Tatsyana Tsishkevich.
Prayer for returning of St Josef Church was held near the church 14 April, ahead of Solidarity Day. More than a hundred members of the civil campaign “European Belarus” took part in prayer.
Palina and Paval Kuryanovich, activists of the civil campaign “European Belarus,” were released on 12 April. Brother and sister were detained at different protests actions. Paval was detained at the picket demanding to stop repressions by Chinese military forces in Tibet, Palina – at the action near the Russian embassy, where young Belarusians came with a poster “No to Russia, yes to European Union!”
“Closed discussion in the Belarusian “parliament” on air defence system building in Venezuela is in the line of war with the U.S. Someone is drawing anti-American line and trying to include a military component into there. It is apparently made for the U.S. to take Lukashenka’s regime seriously and to demand imposing of international sanctions,” Andrei Sannikov, international coordinator of Charter’97, thinks.
All people, detained for participation in the action on Freedom Day 25 March, were released from the detention center on Akrestin Street, where they had served 15 days of arrest.
Friends! The Belarusian authorities have tightened repression against democratic activists for the first moths of 2008. Solemn peaceful demonstration on 25 March, dedicated to proclamation of the Belarusian National Republic’s independence, was broken up violently.