News for 25 Jan 2012

Statement: Viasna strongly condemns use of torture, intimidation, blackmail and other intolerable kinds of harassment against prisoners of conscience

25.01.2012 Statement: Viasna strongly condemns use of torture, intimidation, blackmail and other intolerable kinds of harassment against prisoners of conscience

Minsk – 25 January 2012 The Human Rights Center “Viasna” strongly condemns the use of torture, intimidation, blackmail and other intolerable kinds of harassment against prisoners of conscience. Of especial concern is the recent report by Mrs. Iryna Khalip, the wife of former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikau, saying that the prisoner’s life is at risk due to the reported use of torture and inhuman treatment against him.

25.01.2012 Belarusian Constitutional Court ready to review its position on death penalty

The Constitutional Court of Belarus may clarify its position on the death penalty if an appropriate appeal from authorized bodies is received.

25.01.2012 Iryna Khalip: Lukashenka’s aim not to release Sannikov from prison alive

The wife of the presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov held an urgent press-conference on January 25.

25.01.2012 Andrej Sannikau sends request for pardon to Lukashenka

It happened back on November 20. The political prisoner says that they threatened him with his wife and son's security.

25.01.2012 Police complete investigation of criminal case against opposition activist Syarhey Kavalenka

The police in Vitsyebsk have completed the investigation of a fresh criminal case against Syarhey Kavalenka, a member of the Conservative Christian Party.

Viasna won’t stop working!

25.01.2012 Viasna won’t stop working!

Despite yesterday’s ruling by the Minsk City Court confirming the 4.5-year prison term to Viasna leader Ales Bialiatski, the Human Rights Center “Viasna” will continue its activities on a regular basis in the office it has occupied unless the premises are seized.

Schulz condemns courts' decisions in Belarus

25.01.2012 Schulz condemns courts' decisions in Belarus

"Bialiatski should be released unconditionally along with the remaining political prisoners", says President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz.

Belarus: Commissioner Füle with the activists of Viasna

25.01.2012 Belarus: Commissioner Füle with the activists of Viasna

Brussels - Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met Vice-President of the Belarusian Human Rights Centre “Viasna” Valiantin Stefanovic to discuss the situation of human rights activists in Belarus.

The Observatory' s press release: Sentencing of Ales Bialiatski confirmed

25.01.2012 The Observatory' s press release: Sentencing of Ales Bialiatski confirmed

Paris-Geneva, January 24, 2012. 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), strongly condemns the confirmation of the sentencing to prison of Mr. Ales Bialiatski, President of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) “Viasna” and FIDH Vice-President.

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