The U.S. representative to the OSCE Minsk urged to reconsider

Society U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE Ian Kelly called Belarusian authorities stop the policy of repression, release political prisoners and to change its earlier decision to close the OSCE office in Minsk. "We do not want to Belarus was isolated country in Central Europe. But now, after December 19, Belarus politically isolated. We do not want to come to terms with this situation, as the political integration and dialogue are useful and for Belarus, and for us. And the OSCE as a platform for such dialogue, "- said Ambassador Kelly today during a video conference.

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In 2010, 42 journalists have been killed

Society This follows from the report, "Attacks on the Press," the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Most journalists were killed last year in Pakistan (8) and in Iraq (5). With five deaths this year of Journalists from 1992 to CPJ in the world killed 850 journalists.

A significant section of the report, "Attacks on the Press" is dedicated to Belarus. CPJ highlights two main lines of attack on freedom of speech in Belarus — the post-election repression and gain control over the Internet.

After the dissolution of mass action, which took place after the presidential election, authorities raided a

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Zaika: Belarus has formed a pressure group lobbying in the oil industry

Society Major Russian oil and gas company "Slavneft" announced the closure of its embassy in Minsk. Does that mean that Russians are zgortvats activities in Belarus?

The press service of "Slavneft" claim that the office is closed due to the "optimization of the company." In this case, the staff did not explain how will be referred to "optimization" in relation to the Mozyr refinery, where the proportion of "Slavneft" is 42.5%, and 42.76% control of the government.

Meanwhile, Experts believe that by themselves Russian oil majors with the Belarusian market will not disappear. According to the head of the

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The OSCE will try to regain its office in Minsk

Society The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly winter session on 24-25 February in Vienna to discuss the situation with the closure of the OSCE office in Minsk. This was reported to BelaPAN, the press service of the organization.

The closure of the OSCE office in Minsk will be considered at the meeting of the Committee for Democracy, Human Rights and humanitarian issues. It is expected that in the discussion of will participate Head of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Janez Lenarcic and the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic.

December 31 Representative of Belarus

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Sweden fights for the simplification of the visa regime for Belarusians

The Company He stressed that it makes the most optimistic the campaign for free visas for Belarusians. The company was initiated by representatives Östgruppen, as well as other human rights groups to the European Coalition Coalition for Europe Undivided by Visa Barriers shortly after the December events in Belarus.

On Martin Angles, write an open letter to European governments and human rights activists have pushed for Brussels event after the presidential election in Belarus, as well as that between the different EU countries there were a number of inconsistencies in terms of European policy towards Belarus. These inconsistencies and

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German politician, Democratic Belarus possible without Lukashenko

Society This is the opinion of the deputy of the Bundestag faction of Free Democrats Bijan Giro barn. Quotes the words of the politician's German parliament.

According to the Free Democrats, when, after a visit to Minsk, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, who was held on the eve of the elections, "still had hope for democratic change in Belarus and its rapprochement with Europe,

but it soon became apparent that the Minsk continues to flagrantly violate human rights. Now the German parliamentarians are united in their desire not to give Lukashenko tricks. "

At the debate on Belarus,

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Lara Davnz to repression in Belarus: Freedom will come quickly to all the oppressed …

Society Feb. 12 at the Polish Embassy in Washington, a famous American pianist Lara Davnz gave a concert of music by Chopin and Barbary, in which the final room dedicated to all the victims of repression in Belarus.

On the eve of the concert, we asked Larry, how did such a fundamental American interest in Belarus and that knowledge about Belarusian political events. Was she ever in Belarus on a visit or on tour?

I became very interested and concerned, and wanted to somehow contribute to bring attention to the situation (in Belarus)

Davnz: "I've never been to any

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Freedom House in Vilnius — the freedom of speech in Belarus

Society One of the main missions of the office of an international organization Freedom House, which opened today in Vilnius will be the fight for freedom of expression in Belarus. This was stated by Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis at the opening of the representative office, reports portal DELFI.

Opening of the office of the organization, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, shows that Lithuania is a "reliable and active member of a democratic society." This he said at the opening of the representative office on June 7, the press service of the Ministry.

Azubalis

"Lithuania has come

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In Sweden, the campaign is the simplification of EU visa regime for Belarusians

Society Swedish Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights Ostgruppen leads a massive campaign for the simplification of the conditions of entry to the European Union of Belarusians.

Ostgruppen — party coalition Coalition for Europe undivided by visa barriers, which brings together some 35 organizations.

Suderbavm Khan, one of the initiators of the action of free visas for Belarusians, an active member of the Ostgruppen believes that to start could would reduce the cost of visas, and eventually even to abolish the fee for them.

"I believe that the removal of visa barriers between Belarus and the European Union would become

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Five minutes of sexual freedom

Society February 14 St. Valentine's Day with activists of sexual minorities held in Minsk rally against homophobia in the Belarusian society. This action has been allowed by the authorities for the first time.

"Belarus — without homophobes," "Equal rights without compromise!" — A couple of picketers chanted slogans against homophobia in the square in front of the Justice Ministry. They also held banners that read: "Love who you want", "Love — a basic human right," "Homophobia = fascism." Picket lasted for about 5 minutes. Such brevity of the organizers explained the frosty weather. Deserted in the square of the

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