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Belarus: Court Warns Human Rights Activist

Minsk, 24 October 1997 (RFE/RL) - A prominent Belarus human rights activist, Tatyana Protska, stood trial today in Minsk and was released after receiving a warning, said the BelaPAN news agency. Protska is head of the Belarus Helsinki committee, one of the few international human rights groups still active in the country.

She was arrested yesterday and released last night after being told not to leave the country.

Protska, 46, was arrested in a small town some 200 kilometers east of the capital Minsk, where she traveled to interview a former farm manager under house arrest.

Pavel Kurza, secretary of the monitoring group, said that at the time of her arrest Protska was investigating possible human rights violations against the farm director. The farm director, who is under house arrest, claims he was unjustly fired. She was arrested at his office.