News for 18 Feb 2011

Belarusian human rights defenders inform UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers about facts of pressure on lawyers

18.02.2011 Belarusian human rights defenders inform UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers about facts of pressure on lawyers

We, the undersigned human rights organizations of the Republic of Belarus and individual human rights defenders in personal capacity, would like to inform you about facts of pressure on lawyers by the executive authorities of Belarus, particularly, the withdrawal of licenses imposed on lawyers Uladzimir TOUSTSIK, Tamara HARAYEVA, Aleh AHEYEU and Tatsiana AHEYEVA, something threatening an access of their clients to an effective remedy and retarding the course of justice.

18.02.2011 Russians’ trial for Square to be open

"Representatives of the Embassy will be present at the hearing without fail”, - said Vadim Gusev, counselor of the Russian Embassy to Belarus.

Observatory  for  the Protection of Human Rights Defenders urges  the  Belarusian  authorities  to repeal the warning issued against Mr. Ales Bialatski

18.02.2011 Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders urges the Belarusian authorities to repeal the warning issued against Mr. Ales Bialatski

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

Nasta Palazhanka released on recognizance

18.02.2011 Nasta Palazhanka released on recognizance

Last evening, Young Front deputy chair 20-year-old Ms. Nasta Palazhanka was released from the KGB pre-trial prison.

Repeal warning against Ales Bialiatski - Stop persecution of civil society activists in Belarus

18.02.2011 Repeal warning against Ales Bialiatski - Stop persecution of civil society activists in Belarus

Open Letter to the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka and to the General Prosecutor of Belarus, Ryhor Vasilevich

Trial of Vasil Parfiankou: Analysis

18.02.2011 Trial of Vasil Parfiankou: Analysis

On 17 February 2011, Minsk Frunzenski Court chaired by Judge Ms. Volha Komar with participation of prosecuting official Anton Zaharouski considered the case of Vasil Pafiankou, accused of committing a crime under Par. 2 Art. 293 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus – “mass riot”. It was a first trial of the participants of the 19 December peaceful post-election protest rally.

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