The recent escalation of violence in East Ukraine only highlights the urgent need for Ukraine to fulfill its commitments and ratify the Rome Statute as well as recognize the International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction over crimes committed after February 2014, said FIDH and its partner organization in Ukraine, the Center for Civil Liberties (CCL) upon returning from an advocacy mission to Kyiv last week.
Aliaksandr Mukhin, leader of the Baran-based the Doors fan club, has managed to protect his rights in the Vitsebsk Regional Court. He was able to prove that last year he was illegally detained and subjected to involuntary psychiatric treatment.
After a series of circuit court hearings held at the police department of the Tsentralny district in Minsk, which caused much indignation, the official website of the Supreme Court published an official message providing “explanations regarding an incorrect media report”.
Nina Bahinskaya, an activist who was detained on January 22 while honoring the memory of the people killed during the Euromaidan protests in Kyiv, has filed a complaint in the Tsentralny District Prosecutor’s Office to challenge the offensive actions of police officers who brought her to the police station.
As it became known to the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, Maksim Viniarski, an activist of the European Belarus opposition movement, on January 26 he began a hunger strike in protest against the sentence imposed by the court. On January 23, Judge Viktoryia Shabunia of the Tsentralny District Court sentenced the activist to an administrative arrest of 15 days for taking part in a rally in memory of the people killed during the Euromaidan protests in Kyiv.
Liudmila Mikhalkova, Chair of the Standing Committee on Legislation of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, has replied to a petition of Volha Hrunova, the mother of Aliaksandr Hrunou, who was executed for the brutal murder of a student in Homel. Ms. Hrunova asked the Parliament to change the law that prohibits issuing bodies of executed prisoners for burial.
Baranavichy human rights activist asks prosecutor to respond to illegal actions of executive committee
Human rights activist Siarhei Housha has sent a statement to the Baranavichy Interdistrict Prosecutor concerning a decision of the city executive committee of December 5, 2014, which banned a rally expected to mark the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Babruisk Court has dismissed a lawsuit lodged by Leanid Baranenka, a member of the Free Trade Union and a former employee of the TDiA factory, who was seeking payment of a retirement bonus under the collective agreement. As yet, the bonus can only be claimed by members of the official trade union. Leanid Baranenka believes that the incident a fact of discriminatory.
Ihar Kazmiarchak, an opposition activist in Orsha, has received a reply to his letter to the Ministry of Information, where he requested to assess the actions of responsible persons who aired an interview with Maksim Martsinkevich, a known supporter of neo-Nazism, on the government-owned STV channel. The letter signed by Deputy Minister suggests that the TV channel only presented “different views”.
The police department of the Tsentralny district of Minsk hosted today a trial of several protesters who were detained yesterday for honoring the memory of people killed during Euromaidan events taking place in the fall and winter of 2013–2014. They were accused of staging an unauthorized mass event (Art. 23.34 of the Administrative Code).