On March 26, Viktar Stsepanenka, head of the department of public order and prevention of the police department of Chyhunachny district of Homel, charged local freelance journalist Kanstantsin Zhukouski under Part 2 of Art. 22.9 of the Administrative Code (illegal manufacture of media products).
The authorities are preparing another large-scale amnesty, according to euroradio.by. Lawyer of the unregistered Human Rights Center "Viasna" Pavel Sapelka says that the amnesty bill has not yet been published. However, all such acts have similarities and general principles, so we can now assume whether political prisoners can be amnestied.
As part of an urgent action by Amnesty International, representative of the Russian Committee against Torture and an Amnesty International member Dmitry Utukin signed a petition to the President of Belarus urging him to immediately declare a moratorium on executions with a view to abolish the death penalty in Belarus.
Freelance journalist Andrei Mialeshka has been denied accreditation as a journalist of the Belarusian Radio Racyja. The journalist could not understand on what basis this decision was taken, as the written response from the Foreign Ministry says nothing about it.
Siarhei and Mikalai Verameyenkas, activists of the Belarusian Christian Democracy in Hrodna, have had their license suspended by the Ministry of Transport, thus being deprived of the opportunity to earn a living by passenger carriage. The formal reason for this was last year’s fine that was imposed on Siarhei Verameyenka for violations in the design of trip tickets.
Political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich, the last of the presidential candidates in the2010 election, which is still held behind bars, does not hope for his early release. In a letter to journalist Barys Vyrvich, the political prisoner, who is serving a sentence in Shklou penal colony No. 17, tells about “another exacerbation”, saying that “the trends are opposite”.