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4 hrs ago | Charter97
A picket to pay tribute to the memory of the disappeared leaders of Belarusian opposition was held in the Polish capital. Viktar Hanchar and Anatol Krasouski were abducted in Minsk 15 years ago.
4 hrs ago | Humans Rights Watch
The human rights situation in Belarus has deteriorated drastically and was marked by flawed presidential elections in 2010 and an ensuing crackdown on peaceful protesters and opposition activists. During the Human Rights Council's initial review of Belarus under the Universal Periodic Review procedure in 2010, the government rejected recommendations to protect freedom of speech, association, and assembly, as well as to implement a moratorium on the death penalty.
A dozen protesters gathered near the Belarusian embassy in Washington on September 16 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the disappearance of two critics of Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka. The demonstrators demanded answers about the fates of opposition leader Viktar Hanchar and businessman Anatol Krasouski, who vanished in Minsk on September 16, 1999.
Ordinary Belarussians have never seen such an abundance of gastronomic delights in their isolated ex-Soviet country -- famously dubbed "Europe's last dictatorship" -- and they have one man to thank: Vladimir Putin. Inexpensive fresh seasonal fruits, French and Italian cheeses, Belgian and Swiss chocolate, German candy sets, dozens of types of Italian pasta and even cans of French cat food are suddenly gracing the shelves of neighbourhood stores in Belarus.
Ukraine's pro-Russian separatists questioned further peace talks with the government, citing violations of cease-fire terms, while lawmakers in Kiev approved special status for the country's two easternmost regions. The government is failing to meet the terms of a prisoner- swap agreement that was part of the truce accord signed Sept.
An overseas trip to Eastern Europe has provided a great insight into lifestyles and cultures for Girl Guide Gemma Overson. The 17-year-old was one of just eight girls from the county chosen to take part in the educational trip to Minsk, in Belarus, where she got to camp with Guides from the city, stay with a Russian family and take in some of the country's sights.
The Belarusian Documentation Centre headed by Raisa Mikhailouskaya and the Legal Assistance to Citizens headed by Aleh Vouchak held a joint press conference in Minsk on September 16. Vouchak told charter97.org what conclusions human rights defenders made after 15 years of searches for the innocent people abducted on political motives. He also spoke about further measures that would bring the guilty persons to account and allow the families of the disappeared persons to find the truth.
Local activists met with Pavel Seviarynets , a former political prisoner and one of the leaders of the Belarusian Christian democrats. The event was held with the assistance of the local branch of Viasna human rights centre.
BELARUSIAN AGRICULTURAL ENTERPRISE CAN APPEAR IN GYUMRI Trend, Azerbaijan Sept 15 2014 15 September 2014, 13:47 An Armenian-Belarusian joint venture for the production of agricultural products can be created in Gyumri. The statement was made by the co-chairman of the Armenian-Belarusian interparliamentary cooperation commission, deputy speaker of the National assembly of Armenia Eduard Sharmazanov after a session of the commission took place Sept.13, the Armenian news agency ARKA reports.
The European Union sanctions against Russia limits the possibilities of bilateral dialogue, Russia's foreign ministry said Monday. The spiral of EU sanctions considerably narrows the opportunities for substantial dialogue, according to a statement released by the ministry after Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin met with EU envoy to Russia Vygaudas Usackas.
A senior Belarusian official has spoken of remaining "obstacles" to Armenia's membership in the Eurasian Economic Union but said they are likely to be overcome before an upcoming summit of the Russian-led bloc. Speaking to journalists in Yerevan on Sunday, Viktor Guminsky, a deputy speaker of the Belarusian parliament, did do not deny that unlike Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan have some objections regarding the Armenian membership bid.
Protesters hold pictures of Belarusian opposition politician Viktar Hanchar and businessman Anatol Krasouski. Both men have been missing since 1999.
But despite the ceasefire, violence continued to flare in the volatile region. As shelling rocked the city throughout the day Sunday, local officials described the situation as "critical."
Guminsky: Belarus supports peaceful resolution of Karabakh conflict 14:01 13/09/2014 » POLITICS Deputy Speaker of Armenian National Assembly, Co-Chair of Armenia-Belarus Inter-parliamentary Cooperation Committee Edward Sharmazanov met with Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives of Belarusian National Assembly, Co-Chair of Armenia-Belarus Inter-parliamentary Cooperation Committee Viktor Guminsky. Speaking about regional security challenges, Mr Sharmazanov highlighted a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the OSCE Minsk Group framework.
In a move which will likely boost relations between the two countries considerably, Israel's ambassador to Belarus, Yosef Shagall, has announced that the requirement of an entrance visa to Belarus for Israeli citizens is to be cancelled. The decision was reached after negotiations between the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem and the government of Belarus.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 03:05 am
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