News for 24 Jan 2012
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.
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.