Human rights defenders arrived at a conclusion that the majority of human rights violations against persons subjected to administrative arrest are committed during the initial stage of their detention. The findings are based on interviewing persons sentenced to short prison terms for political reasons during 2014 in different cities of Belarus.
Chairman of the Human Rights Council Mikhail Fedotov says that no one has the right to demand to overturn ban on death penalty, following a proposal of a group of Russian lawmakers to lift the ban, RIA Novosti reported on Friday.
Valery Karankevich, a former candidate for the Mahiliou Regional Council of Deputies in the Khotsimsk-based constituency No. 54 and a candidate for the district council of Khotsimsk in constituency No. 13, sent on January 29 a request for a personal appointment to the First Deputy Prosecutor General Belarus.
A number of opposition organizations have signed an agreement to launch a joint campaign of observation during the presidential campaign due in the fall 2015. The coalition includes the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada), the organizing committee of the party Belarusian Christian Democracy, the Tell the Truth campaign, the BPF Party and the Movement “For Freedom”.
Andrei Paluda: Crime must not be deterred through the death penalty, but through ban on cheap alcohol
Talking to reporters during a press conference on 28 January, President Aliaksandr Lukashenka spoke emotionally about the death penalty. In particular, he mentioned several recent crimes that received a wide media and public coverage: “I am increasingly attracted by the fact that a person must be put against a wall for murder."
Liudmila Mikhalkova, Chair of the Standing Committee on Legislation of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly, believes that there is no need to change the legislation which prohibits issuing the bodies of the executed prisoners to their relatives for burial. Human rights defender Leanid Sudalenka, Chairman of the Homel branch of the NGO “Legal Initiative”, disagrees with the MP.
A few days ago the Belarusian National Bar Association informed about a probability of cooperation with the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), an organization that has repeatedly criticized the flaws in the work of Belarusian counsels after the events of December 19, 2010 in Minsk.
Homel journalists Larysa Shchyrakova and Kanstantsin Zhukouski, according to a ruling of the Svetlahorsk District Court, are offenders subject to a fine of 900 thousand rubles each. The decision on charges of illegal picketing was taken on January 23. The journalists did not attend the meeting and received the ruling by mail on January 28.
On January 28, Ihar Barysau filed a supervisory appeal to the Chairman of the Mahiliou Regional Court to challenge the Court’s decision of August 12, 2014, which fined the activist 30 basic units for transporting independent media – newspaper “Nash Mahiliou” and newsletter “Social Democrat”.