News for 5 Mar 2012

05.03.2012 Belarusian Association of Journalists urges procuracy to abolish warnings to its members

On 2 March the Belarusian Association of Journalists submitted an official letter to the Hrodna regional prosecutor, Viktar Marozau, in which the difference between freelance journalists and foreign media journalists is explained.

05.03.2012 Human rights defender Valery Shchukin deprived of pension

Prominent human rights activist Valery Shchukin may get deprived of his pension and means of living due to a denial from the citizenship and migration department of the Frunzenski District Police Department of Minsk.

05.03.2012 “Young Front” activist Ivan Shyla describes prison conditions

On 4 March, Ivan Shyla, the “Young Front” deputy head, was released from the detention centre in Akrestsin Street after 19 days in custody.

05.03.2012 Political prisoner Bandarenka gets no disability status

Disability status was not given despite spine surgery and a risk of immobilization.

Liavontsi Chapurnykh applies to UN Human Rights Committee

05.03.2012 Liavontsi Chapurnykh applies to UN Human Rights Committee

Liavontsi Chapurnykh, a member of the Belarusian Leftist Party "Fair World", filed an individual communication with the UN Human Rights Committee. He asks the committee to consider the 5-day arrest to which he was sentenced for the distribution of invitations to a People's Assembly, as a violation of his rights.

Pavel Vinahradau tried again

05.03.2012 Pavel Vinahradau tried again

Pavel Vinahradau, activist of the civil campaign "Tell the Truth!" was to have been released from jail on 2 March, after serving 10-day arrest for participation in an "unauthorized picket of toys" on Nezalezhnasts Square in Minsk.

Aliaksandr Artsybashau gets 7 more days of arrest instead of release from jail

05.03.2012 Aliaksandr Artsybashau gets 7 more days of arrest instead of release from jail

Aliaksandr Artsybashau, activist of the civil campaign "Tell the Truth!", was detained near the Maskouski District Court of Minsk on 22 February and sentenced to 10 days of arrest for participation in the "unauthorized picket of toys" on Nezalezhnasts Square in Minsk.

Political prisoner Statkevich receives censorship notes instead of letters

05.03.2012 Political prisoner Statkevich receives censorship notes instead of letters

As said by Leanid Haravy, an activist of the Movement "For Freedom" who maintains correspondence with political prisoners, he received a postcard from Mikalai Statkevich in which it was written that he hadn't received the previous letter – just its envelope, with the attached note "The letter didn't pass censorship".

05.03.2012 Dziarzhynsk: fines for solidarity with Bialiatski

The activists of the "European Belarus" Uladzimir Dzenisevich and Aliaksandr Tarnahurski were sentenced to pay 700,000 rubles and 350,000 rubles fines for violating part 2 of Article 21.14 of the Code of Administrative Offenses.

05.03.2012 Brest authorities ban another picket in support of Ales Bialiatski

The official reason for the refusal to authorize the picket was that its organizer, human rights defender Uldadzimir Vialichkin, hadn't concluded service agreements with police, medics and public utilities.

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