News for 19 Oct 2011

19.10.2011 Purges among lawyers go on

The Ministry of Justice is trying to replace the head of the Minsk City Bar.

Belarusian NGOs address Parliament on controversial draft laws

19.10.2011 Belarusian NGOs address Parliament on controversial draft laws

On 19 October, an appeal signed by representatives of 25 NGOs and other non-profit organizations was passed to the Council of the Republic, the Upper Chamber of the Belarusian Parliament.

Babruisk police charge ill UCP activist

19.10.2011 Babruisk police charge ill UCP activist

Halina Smirnova, activist of the United Civil Party’s Babruisk office, has been visited by a policeman, who, despite her illness, officially charged her with involvement in an unauthorized mass event.

19.10.2011 EU delegation urges Belarus not to pass “some repressive draft laws”

The European Union Delegation to Belarus has issued a statement urging the Belarusian authorities not to pass “some repressive draft laws” that “would severely limit the freedoms and rights of Belarusian citizens and represent a step backwards as regards Belarus’ respect for human rights and the rule of law”, the BelaPAN news agency reports.

19.10.2011 Supreme Court turns down lawsuit by Speak the Truth campaign

Judge Mikalai Babkou has dismissed a lawsuit lodged by Uladzimir Niakliayeu and Siarhei Vazniak, contesting an earlier decision by the Ministry of Justice to deny registration to the civil campaign, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

Biaroza police chiefs ignore recommendations by prosecutor

19.10.2011 Biaroza police chiefs ignore recommendations by prosecutor

Biaroza resident Mrs. Halina Kavalevich, beaten by riot policemen, has finally received a reply by deputy police chief Aliaksandr Khutko, claiming that the policemen’s actions were lawful.

Valiantsin Stefanovich fined BYR 4,727,330

19.10.2011 Valiantsin Stefanovich fined BYR 4,727,330

The tax inspection of Minsk Partyzanski District has fined human rights defender Valiantsin Stefanovich BYR 4,727,330 for alleged understating of his income. The fine can be appealed in court within 10 days.

Homel activist beaten by masked unknowns

19.10.2011 Homel activist beaten by masked unknowns

Vital Pratasevich, Homel activist involved in so called “silent protests”, was beaten by a group of unknown persons wearing masks outside his house in the evening of 18 October.

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