News for 16 Mar 2012

Front Line Defenders urges Belarus authorities to lift travel ban on human rights defenders

16.03.2012 Front Line Defenders urges Belarus authorities to lift travel ban on human rights defenders

Over the past number of days, in a flagrant denial of their right to freedom of movement, several Belarusian human rights defenders have been stopped by border guards while they were leaving Belarus, along with numerous political activists and journalists.

Citizens campaign for secret vote procedures at Supreme Court

16.03.2012 Citizens campaign for secret vote procedures at Supreme Court

Over 250 appeals by Belarusian citizens have been submitted to the Presidential Administration and the office of Chairman of the Supreme Court, demanding to introduce secret voting at the Court’s sittings, says lawyer Mrs. Tamara Siarhei, leader of a civil initiative against unlawfulness in courts and prosecuting authorities.

Ministry of Education: warnings to students “contribute to the exercise of right to education”

16.03.2012 Ministry of Education: warnings to students “contribute to the exercise of right to education”

Aliaksandr Saldatsenka, activist of the European Belarus opposition movement expelled from Minsk State Linguistic University for involvement in rallies of solidarity with political prisoners, has received replies from the Ministry of Education and Minsk Partyzanski District Prosecutor’s Office concerning a warning issued by the University rector Mrs. Natallia Baranava.

Vileika Council member faces picket ban

16.03.2012 Vileika Council member faces picket ban

Member of Vileika District Council Iosif Matsiun will not be able to hold a picket against violations of his Constitutional rights, after his application was dismissed by local executive authorities, www.vialeika.org reports.

UN Human Rights Committee registers complaint by Barysau picketer

16.03.2012 UN Human Rights Committee registers complaint by Barysau picketer

Barysau human rights defender Aleh Matskevich has received a reply from the UN Human Rights Committee saying that his complaint against several picket bans imposed by the town authorities has been registered by the Committee.

16.03.2012 Lawyer says that he will file final appeal against death sentence on Uladzislaw Kavalyow after meeting with him

Uladzislaw Kavalyow’s lawyer filed an appeal with the Supreme Court on Thursday, asking it to revoke the death sentence imposed on the young man in the subway bombing case last year.

16.03.2012 Human rights mission calls on Belarusian authorities to provide explanations regarding foreign travel ban list

The Observation Mission of the International Committee for Monitoring the Human Rights Situation in Belarus has called on the Belarusian authorities to provide explanations regarding their list of dissidents banned from foreign trips.

16.03.2012 The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed outrage at a foreign travel ban imposed by the Belarusian authorities on at least four independent journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed outrage at a foreign travel ban imposed by the Belarusian authorities on at least four independent journalists.

16.03.2012 Belarus Bomber’s Mother Asks President To Postpone Execution

MINSK – The mother of one of the men sentenced to death for the bombing of a metro station in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, that killed 15 people has asked President Alyaksandr Lukashenka to postpone her son’s execution for at least one year.

16.03.2012 Mikalai Dzyadok thrown into punishment cell

The parents of Mikalai Dzyadok were told in penal colony No. 15 that the political prisoner has been thrown into a punishment cell for 5 days.

16.03.2012 Harry Pahanyaila added to list of “travel banned”

The lawyer of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee (BHC) was told the reason for the travel ban was a trial. But there was not any trial in reality.

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