News for 26 Jan 2012

Baranavichy authorities ban anti-pauperization picket

26.01.2012 Baranavichy authorities ban anti-pauperization picket

Viktar Tsiapin, Baranavichy leader of the Fair World Leftist Party, has received a reply from local executive authorities saying that the picket he was expected to stage on 28 January had been banned.

Rahachou activist faces libel charges

26.01.2012 Rahachou activist faces libel charges

Rahachou activist Dzianis Dashkevich has been charged with allegedly libeling head of local district administration Mr. Viktar Banchuk.

26.01.2012 Polish Sejm to nominate Ales Bialiatski for Nobel Peace Prize

A number of MPs of the Polish Sejm are expected to announce their involvement in the nomination of Viasna leader Ales Bialiatski for the Nobel Peace Prize this Friday, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

26.01.2012 Vitsebsk police detain Siarhei Kavalenka’s wife

At about 9 p.m. last evening, Vitsebsk police detained the wife and sister-in-law of local activist of the Conservative Christian Party “Belarusian Popular Front” Siarhei Kavalenka, as they were distributing leaflets in support of the hunger-striking prisoner, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, quoting Siarhei Kavalenka’s brother Vital.

26.01.2012 Mahiliou human rights centre may stop working

The reason is financial conditions set by the local authorities.

Human Rights House Network calls for immediate release and rehabilitation of Ales Bialiastki

26.01.2012 Human Rights House Network calls for immediate release and rehabilitation of Ales Bialiastki

The condemnation of Ales Bialiatski illustrates how seriously threatened freedom of association and freedom of expression are in Belarus. Members and partners of the Human Rights House Network call upon Belarusian authorities to immediately release and drop all charges against human rights defender Ales Bialiatski; to fully rehabilitate him and to ensure unhampered activities of human rights and other civil society organizations.

Bialiatski should be set free, says OSCE Chairperson

26.01.2012 Bialiatski should be set free, says OSCE Chairperson

The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore T.D., expressed his regret today that prominent Belarusian human rights defender Aliaksandr (Ales) Bialiatski was not freed on appeal.

26.01.2012 Belarus might establish institution of ombudsmen

MINSK, 25 January (BelTA) – The institution of ombudsmen might be established in Belarus, Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Belarus Piotr Miklashevich told reporters on 25 January, BelTA has learnt.

26.01.2012 PACE adopts resolution on Belarus

111 PACE members voted "for", only 10 voted "against", and 6 PACE members abstained.

26.01.2012 PACE rapporteur paints gloomy picture of situation in Belarus

Andres Herkel, the rapporteur for Belarus in the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), painted a bleak picture of the situation in Belarus while presenting his report at PACE's winter session in Strasbourg on January 25.

26.01.2012 Death penalty disqualifies Belarus from any status in Council of Europe, secretary general says

The use of the death penalty makes it impossible for Belarus to have any status in the Council of Europe, Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland told reporters in Strasbourg on January 25.

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