House of Representatives will not apply to the Constitutional Court concerning discrimination of Belarusian-speaking citizens
At the end of November, human rights activist Valiantsin Stefanovich applied to the Constitutional Court to determine the compatibility of Article 7 of the Law “On Languages” and Article 54 of the Law “On Normative Legal Acts” with the Constitution. He also applied to the Chamber of Representatives, the Council of the Republic, the Supreme Court, the Supreme Economic Court, the Council of Ministers and the President – all those who have the right to submit inquiries to the Constitutional Court on the conformity of laws with the Constitution.
Activist from the village of Varniany Mikalai Ulasevich has applied to the Astravets District executive Committee, asking to let him hold a picket in Astravets. By this action Mr. Ulasevich intends to express his solidarity with the Ukrainian people in its aspiration to live in the European Union.
On 11 December Hrodna Regional Court turned down the appeal of the social activist Ales Masiuk against a verdict of Slonim District Court. In September 2013, Mr. Masiuk applied to Slonim District Executive Committee asking to authorize a picket, which he intended to hold on 29 Septemmber to defend the right of citizens to subscribe to the independent newspaper “Hazeta Slonimskay
On 12 December Viktoryia Shabunia, Judge of the Tsentralny District Court of Minsk, sentenced Illia Dabratvor, an activist of the socilidarity movement "Together" to pay a fine of 8 basic units for holding a picket of solidarity with Kyiv protesters near the Ukrainian Embassy in Minsk.
'Human Rights in Belarus’: "We are still trying to support the people and the civil society in Belarus"
The Association ‘Human Rights in Belarus’ (Menschenrechte in Belarus) published its 2013 Strategy Paper on the situation in Belarus and recommendations for active measures to be taken by the European Union and its Member States.
Bialynichy entrepreneurs and private enterprises must buy the necessary materials for decorating the town for the New Year holidays. This week , the appropriate “recommendation” has been sent to private companies and individual entrepreneurs by the Bialy Town Executive Committee.
The trial of the organizer of the screening of a documentary about Slutsk anti-Bolshevik uprizing Zinaida Tsimoshak will continue on 19 December. She is accused under Article 23.34 of the Administrative Code (organization of or participation in an unauthorized mass event).
Judge presents a fine to human rights defender Pyotr Ivanov on the 65th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights
Pyotr Ivanov held an action to mark the Human Rights Day, 10 December. He came to the center of Vitsebsk and handed out about 50 copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted 65 years ago by the UN General Assembly.
Regional representatives of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, the Homel city orgnization of the republican public association "Legal Initiative" and the Homel Center for Strategic Litigation took floor during the meeting. The speakers noted that "man has no rights if he does not strive for their protection".