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News from the The Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House - 2011

Image: Vaclav Havel. Czech Republic – The image of Vaclav Havel is projected on the front of the RFE/RL building in Prague. 
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Belarus: Havel vs Lukashenko

One of the last acts of Vaclav Havel was signature of the statement calling for free speech in Belarus. He signed the document along with Ai Weiwei. “Prison taught them both of the evils of totalitarianism”, said Irina Bogdanova, sister of political prisoner Andrei Sannikov, sentenced to five years hard labour for “organizing a mass disturbance” after last year’s Presidential elections. “Confronting evil means taking action”, she says. 31 Dec 2011 »

Image: Bialiatski learned about his father's death on the funeral day 
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Bialiatski learned about his father's death on the funeral day

On 24 December, at the age of 84, died Viktar Bialiatski, father of convicted human rights defender Ales Bialiatski. Before that, Ales' wife Natallia Pinchuk has made every effort to get the permission for the meeting of the son and the father. However, Bialiatski did not manage to meet his father, nor was he allowed to attend the funeral. Later he was convoyed to Minsk morgue for parting with his father. 27 Dec 2011 »

Image: December 19 - year after the elections 
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December 19 - year after the elections

On 19 December 2011, the action in memory of the violent crackdown on peaceful protest after presidential elections that happened a year ago was held in Minsk. This year, the rally has again ended with brutal detentions and arrests. 20 Dec 2011 »

Image: Ales Bialiatski - human rights defender of the year 
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Ales Bialiatski - human rights defender of the year

On 13 December, the traditional prize for the extraordinary achievements in the field of human rights was awarded to five people. Ales Bialiatski was recognised as the human rights defender of the year unanimously. 16 Dec 2011 »

Image: The president's administration did not accept the signatures for the abolition of death penalty 
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The president's administration did not accept the signatures for the abolition of death penalty

On 9 December Belarusian and foreign human rights defenders tried to pass to the administration of Aliaksandr Lukashenka a box with 165,000 signatures of citizens of 30 countries around the world. These people called upon the head of Belarus to abolish the death penalty or to impose a moratorium on its implementation. However, the signatures were no accepted in the administration. 09 Dec 2011 »

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