Former political prisoner and now a freelance journalist Ales Kirkevich is going to stand trial on administrative charges in Hrodna. The journalist is accused of illegal manufacture and distribution of information products (Part 2, Art. 22.9 of the Administrative Code).
On this occasion, Ihar Barysau, deputy chairman of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) and editor of the newsletter “NASH Mahiliou”, is preparing a complaint to the Supreme Court, as well as to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
Valiantsin Lazarenkau, an activist of the Tell the Truth campaign in Belaaziorsk, has received a reply from local police department, saying that it was not possible to find those responsible for the manufacture and distribution of defamatory flyers. The administrative case is closed.
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.