News for 21 Oct 2011

Journalist Pachobut to appeal verdict at Supreme Court

21.10.2011 Journalist Pachobut to appeal verdict at Supreme Court

Hrodna reporter of the Polish Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper Andrei Pachobut is going to appeal a three-year suspended verdict for alleged libel of President, after his complaint was dismissed by Hrodna Regional Court on 20 September.

Open Joint letter regarding the new legislative amendments limiting freedom of assembly and association and imposing new restrictions on civil society groups in Belarus

21.10.2011 Open Joint letter regarding the new legislative amendments limiting freedom of assembly and association and imposing new restrictions on civil society groups in Belarus

A number of international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, ARTICLE 19, Civil Rights Defenders, Front Line Defenders, Human Rights Watch, the Human Rights House Foundation, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, have addressed the Council of the Republic, the upper chamber of the Belarusian Parliament, urging the Parliament members to quash recent legislative amendments that impose limitations on freedom of assembly and association and severely restrict the work of Belarusian civil society groups, especially those working on human rights or related issues.

Detentions in Minsk solidarity rally

21.10.2011 Detentions in Minsk solidarity rally

A number of opposition activists were detained in a rally of solidarity with prisoners of conscience staged by the European Belarus civil campaign in Minsk central Kastrychnitskaya Square this morning.

Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders: Urgent appeal on Valiantsin Stefanovich's case

21.10.2011 Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders: Urgent appeal on Valiantsin Stefanovich's case

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus. The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the sentencing of Mr. Valiantsin Stefanovich, Vice-Chairman of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna”.

Homel court refuses to consider complaint by Young Front activist

21.10.2011 Homel court refuses to consider complaint by Young Front activist

On 21 October, Judge Dzmitry Uloha of Homel Regional Court refused to consider a complaint by Young Front activist Andrei Tsianiuta against an unlawful arrest verdict for alleged illegal distribution of People’s Assembly leaflets on 20 September.

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