News for July 2011

29.07.2011 Silent actions participant threatened with criminal responsibility

A 19-year-old Siarhej Biaspalau has been just warned so far.

KGB evades returning seized property

29.07.2011 KGB evades returning seized property

The residence of Minsk activist Iryna Piatrova was twice searched by the KGB: on 20 December 2010 and 25 March 2011. Following the searches, the activist lodged a number of complaints with the city’s prosecuting authorities, demanding to return the seized property.

Plain-clothes policeman beats Baranavichy activist

29.07.2011 Plain-clothes policeman beats Baranavichy activist

On 27 July, Baranavichy civil activist Aliaksandr Vaitseshyk lodged a complaint with the town’s police chief against an incident that reportedly took place in the activist’s flat on the same day.

Human rights defender Sudalenka on MFA’s statement: “You’ll never share someone’s opinion, unless you implement your obligations”

29.07.2011 Human rights defender Sudalenka on MFA’s statement: “You’ll never share someone’s opinion, unless you implement your obligations”

The UN Human Rights Committee’s statement on Belarus’ violations of its international obligations by executing two death sentences is “injurious”, Belarusian MFA spokesperson Andrei Savinykh said on 28 July.

Statement by the International Commission against the Death Penalty on the execution of Aleh Hryshkawtsow and Andrey Burdyka in Belarus

29.07.2011 Statement by the International Commission against the Death Penalty on the execution of Aleh Hryshkawtsow and Andrey Burdyka in Belarus

They were sentenced to death in May 2010 and, according to several human rights organisations, have been executed without neither of them nor their families being notified in advance on their execution date.

29.07.2011 Council of Ministers prepares amendments to Law "On Mass Events"

From now on, it will be necessary to obtain permit not only for pickets and demonstrations, but for silence as well.

29.07.2011 Dzmitry Bandarenka`s woes can prompt EU to expand economic sanctions against Belarus, warns Polish MEP

The woes of imprisoned politician Dzmitry Bandarenka, who underwent back surgery this week, can prompt the Council of the European Union to expand its economic sanctions against Minsk, Jacek Protasiewicz, head of the European Parliament`s Delegation for Relations with Belarus, said in an interview with Polskie Radio on Thursday.

28.07.2011 Police raid apartment of blogger Lipkovich

The private apartment of famous blogger Yauhen Lipkovich has been searched by Minsk police this evening, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, quoting Mr. Lipkovich’s wife Volha.

Prosecuting authorities ignore police-related violence reports

28.07.2011 Prosecuting authorities ignore police-related violence reports

According to Mr. Uladzimir Marozau, he lost consciousness after a plain-clothes policeman put a knee across his neck, and subsequently appealed the incident at Minsk City Prosecutor’s Office.

28.07.2011 Supreme Court turns down claim by BHC

The Supreme Court has dismissed the complaint lodged by the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, appealing a warning addressed by the Ministry of Justice on 6 June 2011 for alleged “repeated tax violations”, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

28.07.2011 Mahiliou court upholds verdicts to local protesters

Mahiliou Regional Court has dismissed the appeals by two local residents detained during a “silent protest” on 3 July, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

28.07.2011 Two persons detained in Brest on 27 July

Two persons were reportedly detained during a “silent protest” in Brest last evening, as some 20 people gather in the city’s center, the BelaPAN news agency reports.

28.07.2011 Lawyer not allowed to see Dashkevich

Maryana Syameshka, Zmitser Dashkevich's lawyer, and Nasta Palazhanka, the fiancee of the political prisoner, visited the penal colony in Horki on Thursday.

28.07.2011 Two women briefly detained after they lay flowers at Yanka Kupala monument in Minsk

Two women were briefly detained by police after they laid flowers at the monument to literary great Yanka Kupala in Minsk on the evening of July 27.

UN committee says executions in Belarus violate international obligations

28.07.2011 UN committee says executions in Belarus violate international obligations

27 July 2011 – The United Nations Human Rights Committee today accused Belarus of violating its international agreements by executing two persons while their cases were still under review by the committee.

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