News for 16 Jan 2012

Siarhei Kavalenka appeals verdict at UN Human Rights Committee

16.01.2012 Siarhei Kavalenka appeals verdict at UN Human Rights Committee

Vitsebsk opposition activist Siarhei Kavalenka, who is currently facing criminal charges for alleged violation of parole restrictions, submitted a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee shortly before his arrest on 19 December 2011, www.vitebskspring.org reports.

16.01.2012 Jailed Belarusian Activist's Friends Kept From Seeing Him On His Birthday

VITSEBSK, Belarus -- The friends and colleagues of a political activist jailed in eastern Belarus have been prevented from visiting him on his birthday, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

16.01.2012 Corrections department does not care about UN recommendations

The Corrections Department of the Interior Affairs Ministry of Belarus finds it «unnecessary» to follow the UN recommendations.

16.01.2012 Investigation into 1999 disappearance of Yury Zakharanka prolonged once again

The years-long investigation into the 1999 disappearance of former Interior Minister Yury Zakharanka has been prolonged until March 24, human rights defender Aleh Volchak told BelaPAN on Monday.

MEPs consider Ales Bialiatski’s case

16.01.2012 MEPs consider Ales Bialiatski’s case

The delegation of the International Federation for Human Rights took part in the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee meeting to discuss the situation in Belarus held in Brussels on 12 January.

Vitsebsk road police seize independent newspapers

16.01.2012 Vitsebsk road police seize independent newspapers

On 14 January, Vitsebsk road police seized 10,000 copies of the Vitsebsky Kurier independent newspaper featuring an article “Six facts on Ales Bialiatski’s case that BT and Sovetskaya Belorussia fail to cover”.

Minsk police detain volunteers

16.01.2012 Minsk police detain volunteers

On 15 January, Minsk police detained volunteers of a charitable campaign who distributed free food to the homeless outside the Uskhod metro station.

Baranavichy prosecutor’s office upholds warning to local activist

16.01.2012 Baranavichy prosecutor’s office upholds warning to local activist

On 14 January, Baranavichy civil activist Ryhor Hryk received a reply to his appeal from the regional prosecutor’s office upholding an official warning issued to the activist for involvement in the People’s Assembly held on 8 October.

Baranavichy authorities ban picket and meeting

16.01.2012 Baranavichy authorities ban picket and meeting

Baranavichy city executive committee has issued two bans on a picket (25 January) and a meeting (19 January) applied for by local pro-democratic activist Mikalai Charnavus.

16.01.2012 Fair World Brest office keeps fighting for registration

Brest city office of the Belarusian Leftist Party Fair World has submitted another bid for state registration after the party’s activists received a communication from the city’s executive committee saying that the issue was under the administration’s control.

16.01.2012 Mikola Statkevich is in Mahilyou prison

Mikola Statkevich, who was sentenced to 3 years in closed prison with a reinforced regime on January 12, 2012, is already in Nr 4 prison in Mahilyou.

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