News for 21 Feb 2011

21.02.2011 Ales Mikhalevich released on recognizance

According to Ales, he was released under the condition that he should give no comments. He didn't answer the question on the circumstances of his release.

Human rights defenders arrange payment of damage claim entered by Presidential Administration

21.02.2011 Human rights defenders arrange payment of damage claim entered by Presidential Administration

On 21 February, Viasna’s deputy chair Valiantsin Stefanovich, leader of the Foundation for Legal Technologies Development Alena Tankachova and deputy chair of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Andrei Bastunets, acting on behalf of Belarusian citizens, paid the material damage, brought by the Presidential Administration against the defendants in the 19 December mass riot criminal case.

International Observation Mission calls for open trials

21.02.2011 International Observation Mission calls for open trials

On 21 February the International Observation Mission released a statement, urging the Belarusian authorities, in particular the Supreme Court, together with separate courts, to secure free access of the Mission’s observers to courtrooms during the trials of the detainees in the 19 December mass riot criminal case.

Alliance Defense Fund Legal Counsel urges the Ministry of Justice and the Belarus Republican Bar Association "to vacate their current punitive actions towards lawyers"

21.02.2011 Alliance Defense Fund Legal Counsel urges the Ministry of Justice and the Belarus Republican Bar Association "to vacate their current punitive actions towards lawyers"

Roger Kiska, legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, a legal alliance of more than 1700 lawyers dedicated to the protection of religious freedom internationally, has addressed the Belarusian Ministry of Justice and the Republican Bar Association with a statement, expressing his concern "with the existing treatment of lawyers who are currently defending individuals, particularly from opposition parties, who were imprisoned as a result of post-election peaceful demonstrations."

FIDH: Vice-President and President of Human Rights Center Viasna was issued a warning for his human rights activities

21.02.2011 FIDH: Vice-President and President of Human Rights Center Viasna was issued a warning for his human rights activities

Paris, February 18 – On Wednesday February 16, the Public Prosecutor's office issued a warning to Aliaksandr Bialatski, FIDH Vice-President and President of Human Rights Center Viasna for conducting activities through a non-registered organisation.

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