News for June 2011

29 June protesters stand trials

30.06.2011 29 June protesters stand trials

This afternoon Minsk courts have considered the administrative cases of persons detained yesterday during so called “silent protest” in the city center.

FIDH presents its  report on the restrictions to the political and civil rights of citizens of Belarus after the 2010 presidential elections at press conference in Minsk

30.06.2011 FIDH presents its report on the restrictions to the political and civil rights of citizens of Belarus after the 2010 presidential elections at press conference in Minsk

Today, in Minsk, FIDH representatives hold a press conference to present the fact-finding mission report on the situation in Belarus. Participants in the Mission collected dozens of witness testimonies from candidates for the presidency of Belarus and representatives from campaign headquarters for presidential candidates, who had been freed from detention by that time, relatives of those arrested, attorneys, members of human rights organizations, journalists, and representatives of European diplomatic missions.

HR defenders release documentary on death penalty (video)

30.06.2011 HR defenders release documentary on death penalty (video)

On 29 June, Minsk “Ў” gallery hosted the presentation of a documentary entitled “The cause of death is -------”, created as part of the “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty” civil campaign.

250 protesters detained on 29 June

30.06.2011 250 protesters detained on 29 June

Some 250 people were detained during the so called “silent protests” across Belarus yesterday. Minsk police detained over 160 protesters, including a number of journalists. Some of the detainees were reportedly beaten.

29.06.2011 Former presidential hopeful Ryzhou questioned by police

Former presidential hopeful Siarhei Ryzhou has been interrogated by Vitsebsk police after a number of Internet resources published appeals for a nation-wide strike allegedly signed by Mr. Ryzhou, the BelaPAN news agency reports.

Freedom House: No progress in Belarus’ democracy ratings

29.06.2011 Freedom House: No progress in Belarus’ democracy ratings

The US-based Freedom House international NGO has released its annual report “Nations in Transit 2011”, providing a comparative study of democratic development in 29 countries, including Belarus.

BCD Brest activist sentenced to 7 days of arrest

29.06.2011 BCD Brest activist sentenced to 7 days of arrest

Zmitser Shurkhai, Brest regional coordinator of the Belarusian Christian Democracy organizing committee, has been convicted of disorderly conduct (Art. 17.1) by Brest Maskouski District Court this morning.

29.06.2011 Civil activist from Rahachou summoned to police on June 29

Dzianis Dashkevich thinks this is connected with his participation in the silent protest action.

Front Line releases Annual Report on human rights defenders

28.06.2011 Front Line releases Annual Report on human rights defenders

On 25 March 2011, Front Line launched its second Annual Report on Human Rights Defenders, which highlights global trends and developments in the situation of human rights defenders in 2010 and analyses the situation in each region of the world.

28.06.2011 Special certification of lawyers begins in Belarus

Certification commissions will access lawyers’ work.

European Parliament MP campaigns for release of Bandarenka

28.06.2011 European Parliament MP campaigns for release of Bandarenka

Member of the European Parliament dr Marek Migalski has launched today Freedom for Bandarenka website (www.bandarenka.pl). On the website you may sign the petition on behalf of Mr. Bandarenka and urge Aleksandr Lukashenka and the governor of prison in which Bandarenka is being detained to stop persecutions against him and other political prisoners.

Verdict in Pachobut’s trial due on 5 July

28.06.2011 Verdict in Pachobut’s trial due on 5 July

Hrodna Leninski District Court continues hearing the criminal case of “Gazeta Wyborcza” journalist Andrei Pachobut. The verdict is expected to be pronounced on 5 July.

Authorities intimidate pro-active social network users

27.06.2011 Authorities intimidate pro-active social network users

Belarusian law enforcement agencies keep harassing Internet users, expressing their alternative views in social networks services.

CE Conference of INGOs condemns poor exercise of freedom of association in Belarus

27.06.2011 CE Conference of INGOs condemns poor exercise of freedom of association in Belarus

The Conference of International NGOs of the Council of Europe has adopted a resolution on the freedom of association in Belarus, reiterating its demand to the Belarusian authorities to ensure the full observance of the international standards on the freedom of association in the country.

27.06.2011 Bresters warned for participation in "silent revolution"

Brest regional public prosecution took interest in the silent protest action's organizers.

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