Jailed former Belarusian presidential candidate Mikola Statkevich has been given a three-year prison term in a harsher penitentiary for alleged "constant violation of the labor camp's internal regulations."
The lawyer of jailed Belarusian journalist Alyaksandr Barazenka has not been allowed to see his client at a Minsk detention center.
A journalist for the independent Belsat tv satellite channel was sentenced to 11 days in prison for filming an unsanctioned rally in front of KGB headquarters in Minsk.
A Belarusian official has called for the head of the country's largest granite quarry to resign amid employee protests.
A law restricting the use of the Internet by Belarusian firms and state institutions has come into force.
U.S. President Barack Obama has signed into law a strengthened sanctions regime for Belarus in response to the government's crackdown on protesters following the controversial reelection of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka in 2010.
A Belarusian state television channel has suspended broadcasts of the Euronews channel, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.
On January 1, Denmark takes over the rotating EU presidency for a six-month stint likely to focus on the continuing economic crisis in the teetering eurozone.
Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has told journalists "as soon as you say 'No' to me in elections, I'll leave."
In this year-ender edition of The Blender, we look at three hot spots, Afghanistan, Belarus, and Azerbaijan and talk to our service directors about the major developments of 2011.
Inmates at the labor camp say the incident took place on December 11, after Mikalay Autukhovich was released from solitary confinement and then told that he would be transferred to another brigade.
The pretrial detention of a political activist in eastern Belarus has been prolonged for another six weeks.