News for June 2011

27.06.2011 Police in Mahilyow region attempt to disrupt celebration of midsummer holiday

Police in the Mahilyow region attempted to disrupt a celebration of Kupalle, Belarus’ folk midsummer holiday, at the River Druts near Byalynichy on Saturday.

Valiantsin Stefanovich: “All this show cannot be called justice”

24.06.2011 Valiantsin Stefanovich: “All this show cannot be called justice”

Valiantsin Stefanovich, lawyer of the Human Rights Center Viasna, observed the consideration of a number of administrative cases against the protesters detained during the 22 June Minsk silent rally. In particular, he attended the hearings at Minsk Savetski District Court presided by Judge Ms. Aksana Reliava.

24.06.2011 Young man linked to online anti-government campaign appeals jail term

Ivan Stasyuk, an opposition young man linked to an online campaign called "Revolution through Social Networks," has filed an appeal against his jail sentence with the Brest Regional Court.

24.06.2011 Square sentences left in force again

Minsk city court considered appeals of Square convicts for more than an hour on June 24.

24.06.2011 Two charges made against Ihar Bantsar

The journalist is accused of petty hooliganism and disobedience to the police.

Legal Transformation Center releases statement ahead of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

24.06.2011 Legal Transformation Center releases statement ahead of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

The Legal Transformation Center has released a statement “In support of actions combating torture and other Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” to be submitted to a number of state bodies of Belarus, including the Houses of Parliament, the Constitutional and the Supreme Courts, the Ministries of Defense and Interior Affairs.

New accused in mass riot case Baranovich imprisoned, say human rights defenders

24.06.2011 New accused in mass riot case Baranovich imprisoned, say human rights defenders

Sviataslau Baranovich, 25, charged with involvement in the 19 December mass riot, has been in custody in Minsk detention center #1 in Valadarski Street since 15 June.

Prosecutor demands 3 years’ term for journalist Pachobut

24.06.2011 Prosecutor demands 3 years’ term for journalist Pachobut

Hronda court continues hearing the case of journalist Andrei Pachobut, facing charges for libel and insult of President Lukashenka.

International Observation Mission condemns obstruction to mass media

24.06.2011 International Observation Mission condemns obstruction to mass media

The International Observation Mission expresses deep concern about the fact that recent months have demonstrated the negative effects of the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On Mass Media” in the part of regulating the professional activities of foreign mass media.

24.06.2011 Organizers of «silent» protest campaign urge Lukashenka to sack interior minister after crackdown

The organizers of an online campaign called "Revolution through Social Networks" have urged Alyaksandr Lukashenka to sack Interior Minister Anatol Kulyashow after the police's unprovoked crackdown on a peaceful protest in Minsk on June 22, BelaPAN said.

Protesters stand trials

23.06.2011 Protesters stand trials

Some 20 participants of yesterday’s protest in downtown Minsk have stood trials this afternoon.

Mazyr HR defender Tseliapun detained by police

23.06.2011 Mazyr HR defender Tseliapun detained by police

Human rights defender Uladzimir Tseliapun was detained together with some 20 persons during a protest in the central square of the town of Mazyr, Homel region.

23.06.2011 Russian human rights activists defend "silent actions" in Belarus

Head of Moscow Helsinki Group Liudmila Aliakseeva has made such a statement.

Over 460 persons detained during silent protests across Belarus on 22 June

23.06.2011 Over 460 persons detained during silent protests across Belarus on 22 June

According to preliminary data, over 460 persons were detained during silent protests across Belarus yesterday.

22.06.2011 Political prisoner Zmitser Bandarenka taken to medical unit

His health condition has deteriorated greatly behind bars.

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