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Belarus Suspends Uranium Deal with US Because of Sanctions

Posted August 19th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Belarus says it is suspending a plan to eliminate its highly-enriched uranium under an agreement with the United States. The foreign ministry announced Friday that it is freezing the project because of new U.S. sanctions, which it said go against the spirit of cooperation. The U.S. imposed the economic sanctions last week in response to […]

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Poland Dismisses 2 Prosecutors for Exposing Belarus Activist

Posted August 16th, 2011 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Poland has dismissed two prosecutors who played a role in giving Belarus financial data about leading human rights activist Ales Belyatsky – information which led to his arrest. Earlier this month, financial police in Minsk arrested Belyatsky and charged him with tax evasion. The move came after Polish prosecutors shared the details of a bank […]

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Poland Apologizes for Its Part in Activist Belyatsky’s Arrest

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Poland’s foreign minister has publicly apologized after his country gave Belarusian investigators information that led to the detention of leading human rights activist Ales Belyatsky. Radoslaw Sikorski said Friday Belarus had taken advantage of international procedures when it requested information about a bank account Belyatsky had in Poland. Belarus police last week arrested Belyatsky, founder […]

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US Demands Belarus Free Jailed Human Rights Activist

Posted August 8th, 2011 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is demanding Belarus immediately free prominent human rights activist Ales Belyatsky, arrested last week for alleged tax evasion. State Department spokesman Mark Toner says Belyatsky’s arrest is another unfortunate sign of Belarus’ self-isolation and violation of global standards of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Belyatsky’s supporters say the charges […]

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Belarus Condemned for Arresting Human Rights Defender

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Belarus is facing calls to release the country’s leading human rights activist, who has been arrested and charged with crimes punishable by seven years in prison. Authorities arrested Ales Belyatsky, founder of the human rights group Vyasna, late Thursday near his Minsk home on charges of tax evasion. In a statement, Vyasna denounced the case […]

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Belarus Arrests Leading Human Rights Activist

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Belarus have arrested the country’s leading human rights activist, amid mounting international criticism of the Minsk government’s continued clampdown on the opposition and civil society. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Friday condemned the arrest of Ales Belyatsky, calling it the “latest example of persecution.” Belarus police arrested Belyatsky, founder of […]

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Russia’s PM Says Unification With Belarus Possible and Desirable

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he would support the unification of Russia and Belarus and would also be open to South Ossetia joining the common state. He told a youth camp on Russia’s Seliger Lake that the unification is possible and wholly dependent on the will of the Belarusian people. He made a similar response […]

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Belarus Executes Men Despite UNHRC Objections

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Two death row inmates in Belarus whose cases were being reviewed by the U.N. Human Rights Committee have been executed for murder, despite the committee’s request to wait for results of the review. The U.N. Human Rights Committee says the executions in Belarus were a grave breach of the country’s international obligations. The men, identified […]

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Belarus Cardinal Kazimierz Swiatek Dies at 96

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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The former leader of the Catholic Church in Belarus, Cardinal Kazimierz Swiatek, has died in a Pinsk hospital at the age of 96. In a statement the Catholic Church of Belarus said he died early Thursday. The cause of death was not specified. After entering the priesthood in 1939, Swiatek was sentenced to death for […]

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US Lawmakers Back Belarus Protesters

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill to support democracy and human rights in Belarus, where police have arrested hundreds of people demonstrating against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. The Belarus Democracy and Human Rights Act of 2011 calls for the release of all political prisoners in Belarus, including those detained in the crackdown […]

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