News for 16 Apr 2008
16.04.2008 CE wants sanctions against Belarus
CE PACE approved the resolution on abuse of power in Belarusian criminal justice. The resolution calls upon Belarus to declare a moratorium concerning the use of death penalty in the country, and stop utilizing article 193.1 of the Criminal Code – criminal persecution for social activity.
16.04.2008 Verdict to Vitsebsk activists reaffirmed
Vitsebsk regional court reaffirmed the decision according to which two Vitsebsk activists Antanina Pivanos and Alena Zalesskaia had been fined for participating in the March 25 action. The girls were caught carrying red-white-red flags in the center of Vitsebsk.
16.04.2008 Barys Khamaida fined again
Vitsebsk opposition activists Barys Khamaida received a copy of the verdict stating he had been fined 175,000 roubles for breaking trading rules, namely selling independent newspapers and magazines in the city center. Khamaida failed to attend the hearing of his case due to health problems. He says that in spite of persecution he will go on distributing independent press in Vitsebsk.
16.04.2008 KGB harasses pro-dem youth
On April 16, Khrystsina Marchuk, a youth activists from Hrodna, was summonsed to the KGB region department. The summons served by dean of Hrodna State University philology department did not specify the reason for the invitation.