News for 24 Jan 2012

Minsk City Court upholds verdict to Ales Bialiatski

24.01.2012 Minsk City Court upholds verdict to Ales Bialiatski

Minsk City Court has upheld the 4.5-year verdict to Viasna leader Ales Bialiatski, dismissing the cassational appeal lodged by lawyer Dzmitry Layeuski.

Editor of Beshankovichy weekly appeals fine

24.01.2012 Editor of Beshankovichy weekly appeals fine

Heorhi Stankevich, editor-in-chief of Beshankovichy independent newspaper Kryvinka is appealing a 1.4 mln. fine handed down by local court for alleged illegal distribution back on 6 January.

24.01.2012 EU set to broaden criteria for imposing sanctions on Belarusian officials

The European Union's foreign ministers agreed at their meeting on Monday to broaden the criteria for imposing "restrictive measures" on Belarusian persons and entities in response to human rights abuse and the persecution of the government's political opponents.

24.01.2012 PACE may recommend Committee of Ministers to introduce restrictive measures against Minsk

The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) may recommend the Committee of Ministers to introduce restrictive measures against Minsk after the example of the European Union, Andres Herkel, PACE rapporteur for Belarus, said in an interview with BelaPAN in Strasbourg on Monday, BelaPAN said.

24.01.2012 Prominent political analyst has bank cards, laptop seized by Belarusian customs officers

Alyaksey Pikulik, the academic director of the Vilnius-based Belarusian Institute of Strategic Studies (BISS), had his bank cards and laptop computer seized by Belarusian customs officers at the Lithuanian border last week.

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