Posts under Tag: human rights
Flash mob in Stockholm: ”Puck you Lukashenko!”
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A flashmob and street theater was arranged by Östgruppen, Swedish International Liberal Centre and the office of the Polish member of European Parliament, Marek Migalski, in the central of Stockholm on saturday. The activists where dressed as dictator Lukashenko, playing against oppositional activists with their hands bound to their backs. On the ”ice” was also a judge with a Belarusian military hat and baton, who made sure Lukashenka got his goals. The street theatre was supposed to symbolize the oppression in Belarus and the fact that even ice hockey is politics to Lukashenka.

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Action at IIHF conference: ”Don’t play with the dictator!”
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Early this morning the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) met at Clarion hotel in Stockholm for a conference. Östgruppen – Swedish Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights arranged an action and welcomed the delegates with leaflets, saying ”See you in Minsk 2014!” At first sight, the leaflets looked like official material from the hockey federation. Looking closer inside, the delegates could see information about the political prisoners in Belarus and about the people in charge of the hockey world championship in Belarus next year – all blacklisted by the EU for their crimes against human rights (banned from traveling to the EU).

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Swedish Ice Hockey Federation changed their mind about the Belarusian flag
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During the game between Belarus-Canada on friday, a group of Swedes and Belarusians successfully watched the hockey with big white-red-white traditional Belarusian flags, behind one of the goals in the front line. This is a clear victory for freedom of expression and human rights. The flag was earlier during hockey world championship banned by the IIHF, most likely because of a dictators demand.

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The oppression against LGBT activists increasing in Belarus
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The oppression against LGBT activists is increasing in Belarus. Two unlawful raids were carried out by Police against LGBT-parties in Belarus during the last two weeks, LGBT-activists are being summoned to the Police for questioning all over the country and the chairman of the Human Rights project ”Gay Belarus” was on January 19th stopped on the Polish-Belarusian border when going back to Minsk from Warsaw. He was questioned and the border Police also seized his passport.

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POLICE STORMS LGBT PARTY IN VICIEBSK
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Late in the evening on January 12, a special Police unit broke into a night-club in the city of Viciebsk (Northern Belarus) where an LGBT party was held. At least six dozens people were arrested, and later on violently forced to get filmed by Police cameras one by one telling their personal details.

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Ytterligare svenskt bolag agerar diktaturens lakej
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Ytterligare svenskt bolag agerar diktaturens lakej? Yulia Stepanova, anställd i Belarus av det svenska företaget Scandinavian & UK Machines i Belarus, avskedas av politiska skäl, enligt bl.a. Charter 97. Stepanova ska ha meddelats om avskedandet från sin chef, via ett Skype-samtal från Sverige. Anleningen: ”På grund av vad du sysslar med…”

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TeliaSonera’s Cooperation With The Belarusian Dictator
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In March 2012, the founder of Info Belarus, Isabel Sommerfeld was followed by a TV team from Swedish Television’s ”Uppdrag Granskning” to Belarus. The trip was part of their depth investigation of the Nordic Telecom giant TeliaSonera’s and their business in dictatorships. ”Uppdrag Granskning” can now disclose how TeliaSonera is connected to human rights abuses in the former CIS countries.

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Vladislavs Sister Speaks Out About the Death Penalty

”We were shocked by the verdict. We are afraid. Vlad is not involved in this crime, they could shoot a completely innocent person, it is terrible. They lied about everything, what Fedartsov read today is not true to the preparatory stage . They turned everything into what they needed, they ignored entirely what the FSB (Russian security Service) said in […]

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Death Penalty to Dmitry and Vladislav

Today, the Supreme Court of Belarus sentenced Dmitry Kanavalau and Vladislav Kavaliou to death on the charges of executing several bombings, including the bomb in the Minsk metro on 11th of April 2011, which claimed 15 lives. There is a possibility that Dmitry and Vladislav are not guilty. Once their lives are taken, there is no way of changing the sentence.

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Human Rights Activist Ales Byalyatski In Court

Ales Byalyatski, the head of the belarusian human rights center Viasna stands trial in Minsk today. Why? Simply for being in charge of the human rights center Viasna. This is the reality and ”justice” in dictator Lukashenko’s society. He is threatened with 7 years in prison, and the official reasons for charging him is tax evasion/ economical crimes. By tricking […]

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