News for 16 Feb 2011

Valiantsin Stefanovich: “Counsels’ community is being gagged through the Ministry of Justice”

16.02.2011 Valiantsin Stefanovich: “Counsels’ community is being gagged through the Ministry of Justice”

On 16 February reports began to appear that the Qualification Commission of the Ministry of Justice had initiated the revoking the licenses of a number of Belarusian lawyers – Iryna Khalip’s former counsels Uladzimir Toustsik and Tamara Harayeva, Ales Mikhalevich’s counsel Aleh Aheyeu, as well as the latter’s mother lawyer Ms. Tatsiana Aheyeva.

Brest activist threatened by phone

16.02.2011 Brest activist threatened by phone

On 15 February, Brest activist Ms. Katsiaryna Pashko received a phone call from local economic crimes department. An unknown official invited the activist for a “conversation”. After she refused to appear in the department without an official summons, the official threatened to escort the girl in hand-cuffs.

General Prosecutor’s Office issues warning to Ales Bialiatski

16.02.2011 General Prosecutor’s Office issues warning to Ales Bialiatski

Ales Bialiatski, chair of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” has been officially warned by the General Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus for alleged legislative violations committed by the human rights defender on behalf of “Viasna”.

New charges in anarchists’ case

16.02.2011 New charges in anarchists’ case

Three detainees in so called “anarchists’ case” have been officially charged over the past week.

16.02.2011 Aliaksandr Arastovich released on recognizance

One of the 42 people accused in the criminal case of mass riots in Minsk, 58-year-old Aliaksandr Arastovich, has been released from the KGB detention centre on recognizance.

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